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1/12/13 8:23 P

Sometimes the scale is a harsh mistress... don't let it get you down, especially since you've gotten yourself back on track. The truth is, we're all going to make missteps from time to time (and the holidays are a big one for many). The difference between success and failure in the long terms is whether you get yourself back up and moving in the right direction. You're already doing that -- no matter what the scale says right now. Things will start moving in the right direction soon -- and you are very, very close to getting to goal. It may not be as fast as you would have liked, but you've come far enough now in your journey to know that it eventually does happen. Just keep going forward! By the time Spring rolls around, you'll be there for sure.

I'm not trying to down-play how discouraged you feel -- I think we all know the feeling. Just don't let it convince you that you've failed, when really, you're so close to winning!

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1/12/13 7:56 P

Thank you for the words of encouragment everyone...i think that the idea NOT to weigh myself over the next few weeks while i'm trying to lose it is a great idea. I will just do what i did to take OFF those 6 lbs and history will hopefully repeat itself :)

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1/12/13 1:03 P

Lots of us gained weight over the holidays or stayed the same or maybe just lost a tiny bit. But the studies show that a 7-10 pound weight gain is NORMAL over the holidays so there is a LOT of room to celebrate if we didn't gain ALL of the 7-10 pounds normally gained. If we DID gain that much, we can still celebrate that we DID NOT FAIL - because as long as we are still making an effort, still trying to improve our lives, or still trying to become the best US we can be, we are not FAILURES, but courageous, strong, adventurers on a journey that is NOT YET DONE.

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1/11/13 6:11 P

The few days after the holidays are always discouraging, but once you get back on track it feels great and it's motivating. Just try and stay positive. You can do it!

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1/11/13 6:06 P

I know how you feel, I am up 7 lbs.. this holiday but do your self a favor don't step on the scale.. serious if you do what you know you should be doing.. eating right staying with in calorie range maybe even burn a little more calories.. drink a lot of water.. do that for a week.. and I bet you.. that you will feel a diffrence in your jeans. and if you do then you know the weight is coming off.

you have come a long way and you enjoyed the Holiday and your back on track and you know what that is life beause this is not a diet

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1/11/13 5:33 P

Can I just say - you've done great so far, don't discourage yourself! 4lbs is nothing, look how far you have come!

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1/11/13 2:40 P

Patience is what we need right now. I gained 6 lbs during 2012 and then another 4 over the holidays so I need to lose 10 lbs and I want to do it before my vacation to Hawaii in April. I've been tracking, exercising and eating within my calorie range for 2 weeks and I actually gained 1 lb. According to my calculations I should have lost 2 lbs by now. It is VERY frustrating. But we must keep at it, don't get too discouraged and NEVER, NEVER give up!! We can do it!!! emoticon

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1/11/13 12:16 P

It is disappointing, but you are here, back on track and ready to start losing again. You might want to drop another 100 cals off your daily count and/or step up the exercise a bit. emoticon emoticon

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1/11/13 12:05 P

Many are in that same boat...not to worry.everyday is a new opportunity to make the right decision. Keep the past in the past..your power is NOW..

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1/11/13 11:55 A

So I finally faced the scale today after the holidays. I have been back on track since January 2nd, and have been feeling good after over a week of healthy eating and excercising and...i'm still up 4 lbs! I'm going away at the end of February and really wanted to meet my goal, but now i have 9 lbs to go (instead of 5), and don't think it will happen because it's my last 9, which are the hardest to lose. I must have gained at least 6 lbs over the holidays...anyone else in this boat??

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