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Back On Track: A Consistency Challenge for August!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/29/2013 6:00 PM   :  380 comments   :  78,574 Views

It's almost August, and whether we like it or not, the days of summer are dwindling. Bathing suit season may be mostly behind you, but that doesn't mean it's time to abandon your healthy efforts now that autumn is in sight! Plus, maybe all those barbecues you've attended this summer are starting to show on the scale. Maybe your vacations and kids' activity schedules have taken precedence over your exercise routine. Maybe, now that the wild ride of the season is coming to an end, it's time to get back on track and consciously recommit to your healthy lifestyle. And we're here to help you do it with a brand new challenge!  

You know how you feel when you have a really "on" day? Where you've exercised, eaten well, and feel like a million bucks when your head hits the pillow at night? For the next 31 days, beginning August 1, we want you to make a concerted effort to have as many "on" days as possible. This challenge is a simple one, but can be amazingly effective if you simply take the time and effort to focus your energy on the little things you may have been neglecting lately. This is a social challenge, and it's easy to join. Here is all you have to do:

1) Pinpoint the aspects of your healthy lifestyle that could use some fine-tuning and really focus on those. Have you been tracking your food as carefully as you should? Have you really been giving it your all during your workouts? Have you been letting mindless snacking get the best of you? Be honest with yourself to find the areas of your routine that need some extra help. Then, make a commitment to work on those little things consistently for the next month.

2) Subscribe to us on Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to get tips, motivation, and support to help you stay consistent along your challenge every day during the month of August. Additionally, we would like you to share your progress and accomplishments with us by posting your updates with the hashtag #backontrack on any or all of these social media platforms--whatever works for you!

If you're not a social media user, you can still do this challenge by updating your status on your SparkPage using the #backontrack hashtag. Encourage your other SparkFriends to join you along the way. If you'd like, you can even start a thread in the Message Boards to meet new SparkFriends who are also participating in the challenge!

3) The most important thing is to not give up if you do have an "off" day. This challenge is not about all-or-nothing thinking; it's about doing the best you can. If you slip up, get right back on track at the very next opportunity—no pity parties allowed!   

Are you ready to get re-focused, re-committed, and ready to take on the world? Join us for #backontrack! What habits will you be focusing on in August?

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  • 380
    I need to get back on track with exercising. I have Nueropathy in my feet & legs & now have a Plantar Faciitis in my right foot. It's been very painful & walking only aggravates it! Wish me luck! - 7/9/2014   1:41:53 PM
  • 379
    Join the Back on Track team - we are just a bunch of folks who wanted to work together - we're rebooting the challenge for the month of September!
    - 8/30/2013   10:14:27 PM
  • 378
    ahhhhh! got wrapped up in my four kids going to school; running them to sports in the evenings; open enrollment at my registrar position at the high school - working late hours; just worn thin- really let it go this last 2 weeks- but i have a friend who hasnt stopped and she is at 25.3 lbs weight loss!!! I CAN DO THIS!!! STARTING TODAY- AGAIN :) - 8/30/2013   10:39:29 AM
    I'm in! also I need to be held acountable and consisantant in my new healthy life systle. - 8/21/2013   2:50:02 PM
    Little day 1 is tomorrow! I so wish I knew about it on day 1! Can you restart in September? I would be grateful! - 8/19/2013   11:47:37 PM
  • 375
    19 days and counting...please repeat each month, this has been great! - 8/19/2013   3:41:54 PM
    Also 2 weeks behind but beginning today. One day at a time. - 8/15/2013   11:14:49 PM
  • 373
    I am a half month behind on the schedule, but I am starting this today! Better late than not at all.
    cheers! - 8/14/2013   12:43:52 PM
    Too many things going on & my mindful eating went out the window. Time to join in & get back at it! - 8/13/2013   11:27:31 AM
  • JBOB78
    Had a rough week, starting again! I don't always get my tracking into the computer specially when traveling or extremely busy days, but I track in a little notebook on those days! - 8/9/2013   10:42:58 AM
    I have been in since the 1st August x - 8/8/2013   12:10:16 PM
  • 369
    How about a new emoticon for this group - a train would be nice to have a weight loss ticker with tracks and a little engine or caboose.
    - 8/7/2013   10:55:16 PM
  • 368
    It's not too late to start! A bunch of us started a team here on SP to do the challenge together - everyone is welcome!
    - 8/7/2013   1:24:44 PM
  • 367
    I am joining in! Been very inconsistent and it's just time to get real with myself!
    Thank you for this challenge! - 8/7/2013   1:47:43 AM
  • 366
    I'm in and on track. A week of camping threw me off the track and out of the stadium. This is good timing! - 8/6/2013   1:24:16 PM
    Really needed something like this. Time for a re commitment! Count me in. - 8/5/2013   8:23:48 PM
    I'm in. Just re-committed to keeping track of what's going in and the calories burned, so this is great timing! - 8/5/2013   8:21:45 PM
  • 363
    I'm going for it! So far, so good. Must be water loss but have lost 3 1/2 pounds since Aug. 1. Happy as can be for not hungry at all. Ate lots of fiber & lo-cal nutrients. - 8/5/2013   6:52:09 PM
  • 362
    I'm in! Day late dollar short but for the next 26 days I'm in - 8/5/2013   4:46:08 PM
  • 361
    Count me in too. - 8/5/2013   3:40:43 PM
    Count me in. July was bad - time to re-commit for August. Is there a thread link for this challenge anywhere? - 8/5/2013   11:37:38 AM
  • 359
    Count me in! Fell of the horse, now I'm getting back on! - 8/5/2013   8:32:06 AM
  • 358

    Totally going to do this. I've given myself a 5lb weight loss goal for this month.(Breaking my total weight loss goal into 5lb increments so it doesn't seem so overwhelming have 45lbs to lose.) Now breaking it up taking one day at a time. Its going to be a great month! - 8/4/2013   1:25:52 PM
  • 357
    I am definitely in for this challenge! - 8/4/2013   9:44:39 AM
    I am in....Need to lose weight from months off of my leg...So far day 3 doing great... - 8/3/2013   8:34:30 PM
  • 355
    Did 70 minute work out at the gym yesterday. Committing to another 70 minutes today. Staying on track with healthy eating (refuse to use the "D" word). Looking forward to finally SUCCEEDING! Never giving up!!! - 8/3/2013   11:44:38 AM
  • 354
    Sounds good! - 8/2/2013   6:27:13 PM
  • 353
    I am in! - 8/2/2013   4:58:25 PM
  • 352
    I am in! - 8/2/2013   4:57:57 PM
  • 351
    Recommit to tracking and exercising. - 8/2/2013   3:18:09 PM
  • KELJM1117
    Focusing on tracking my foods and exercising!! - 8/2/2013   2:30:49 PM
  • AMOCG17
    I'm in!!! Already made it to 2 workouts! Exercise is the thing I'm working on.... - 8/2/2013   1:32:34 PM
    I'm definitely in. My goal is to start losing and keeping the weight off.
    To do this I am getting strict on my diet plan and starting to really exercise.
    Even walking is great. - 8/2/2013   10:21:14 AM
    I'm in too. Recommitting. - 8/2/2013   6:42:41 AM
  • 346
    I'm in. I had decided to do this on my own and looking for motivation found this!I am so excited! I had gotten away from tracking food and have seen how quickly bad habbits can come back into play! I have a goal of a beach body by January!
    - 8/2/2013   1:51:59 AM
    this is what i need now! Im in.. i need to commit in giving time for my workout. drink my water , sleep early and watch what i eat. - 8/1/2013   10:40:22 PM
  • DEDE007
    The journey begins I have been slacking big time - 8/1/2013   9:20:47 PM
  • 343
    I'm in! - 8/1/2013   9:11:22 PM
  • 342
    The twitter feed is a mess, with advertisements, self promotions, out of control.

    I am not participating any more. - 8/1/2013   8:45:00 PM
  • DUCKY2222
    Just in time. I just got back from 11 days out of town for a family emergency. I tried to write down everything I did but missed some. I didn't go overboard but didn't stick to it as I normally do and to my surprise I didn't gain anything either! Whew!! But I really need to get on track before I start backsliding. - 8/1/2013   6:15:12 PM
    Count me in. Need to keep tracking so I know where I am. - 8/1/2013   3:06:12 PM
  • 339
    I'm going to concentrate on tracking all my food and making healthy choices. I've stayed in my calorie range most days but not always with the best food choices. I'm also going to get back on track with my workouts. - 8/1/2013   2:29:14 PM
    Day ONE. So far so good. :)
    - 8/1/2013   2:23:24 PM
    Being at my goal weight last year and maintaining fairly well for 12 months has made me a bit "too comfortable". I would gain a pound or two, then lose it fairly quickly. The battery went dead on my scale about two months ago, I had stopped tracking, I had stopped exercising. I had it all under control. Things were getting a little snug, but I blamed it on water retention because of the heat. I finally replaced the battery on my scale three days ago. I was very disappointed with the number! I had gained 6 pounds! SIX POUNDS!! This challenge came just in time! I'm going to track every day and try to stay within my calorie range. I'm moving back to healthy food choices instead of convenient food choices. Let's do this!! - 8/1/2013   2:23:15 PM
  • 336
    I'm in. My slacking off has re- gained me 20 pounds, and I was not even at my goal! I needed another push to get back on track. - 8/1/2013   2:22:18 PM
  • 335
    I love it a new start of the month! - 8/1/2013   2:01:45 PM
    Count me in, just what I needed. Today is my birthday, so this is the gift I am giving myself. I weighed and measured this morning, and created 5 goals for the next 30 days. I am excited. - 8/1/2013   1:56:32 PM
  • 333
    Wow, I've been so off track lately. Actually, I've just been off of SparkPeople, period. I think "fine-tuning" isn't even the picture at the moment. I need a major overhaul! My immediate goal is to just get refocused on living healthier. Move more, eat less junk, track, and drink more water. That's a lot to start with.. - 8/1/2013   1:56:21 PM
  • 332
    Just what I need... been a little off track since my vacation & the kids being home from school for the summer. I get more done when they are not around interrupting me. I love them dearly but they need to go back to school!! - 8/1/2013   12:29:01 PM
  • 331
    2Day starts the new month & new challenge. Yogurt, fresh berries & water for breakfast, ohhhh, w/ chia seeds. And, showered & dressed & bathrooms cleaned before kids got up. Now, off to wobble-walk doggie :-) - 8/1/2013   12:03:49 PM

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