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1/9/13 3:02 P

I'm right there with you! I had planned on a couple of days of indulging, but it turned into a 2 week free-for-all. Sugar is the worst for me. I have to cut it out of my diet completely for a few days to get over the cravings. Once that is done, I'll be back on track.

On the bright side, at least it was only 2 weeks instead of 2 months like it's been for me in the past. :)

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1/9/13 1:33 P

I'm going to give you a piece of advice I give to all new members,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.

Good health and weight loss are not "all or nothing". Every little bit really does make a difference. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated, set some simple goals first. Example, if you haven't been eating your veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you haven't been drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how you re-start your journey towards good health.

Also, don't tie your emotions to the scale. There really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention. So, don't worry about that two pounds. Unless you ate an extra 7,000+ calories worth of junk, you didn't gain fat. But you may be retaining water if you've been eating foods that are high in sodium.

I know things have been stressful, but you have to do your best to stay away from the junk. Find other ways to release your stress that don't involve food. Take a walk. listen to relaxing music. take a bubble bath. drink a cup of tea. These may not seem like much, but they are simple things you can do to reduce your stress. I am a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person can reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline.

Patience, it's a virtue.

1/9/13 1:19 P

At least the holidays are over now! You have a whole year before that nonsense starts all over again!

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1/8/13 9:00 P

In the past two weeks I have gained 4 lbs. So far I am not sweating it as I know I can cut down again. The main thing for me is to get back to my program just like it was before the holidays. Also, this year, I would like to do some exercising on the weekends. I only tend to workout during the week and then lay on the couch for two days straight. I have set two small goals of drinking 5 glasses of water daily... not my favourite beverage and eating 6 fruits and veggies a day.

You sound like you can do it too with getting back to working out with the 10-15 minutes on the treadmill. As for the kitchen visits, what about adding more healthy things to a packed lunch that will fill you up? Protein is very good for helping the body feel satisfied.

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1/8/13 8:52 P

Blah, holidays, sugar everywhere. With the kids out of school my gym time was cut down drastically... so I've had a couple of weeks of overeating and little exercise. I have a teenage daughter who is really pissing me off, and that anger has led to a few days of binging... And I did something to my lower back over the weekend which panicked me... at work, my office is right next to the kitchen, and people have left mounds of chocolate there, which I can't seem to resist... So here I am, gained two pounds of the ten that I fought so hard to drop! I have to get back on track. I was doing really well before mid December, since then it's been a sugar roller coaster. Anyone else out there fall out during the holidays? What can I do now? I have started at the gym, even if I can only squeeze in 10-15 minutes of running on the treadmill every day before work, at least I can get something in. And my back is better, so I'm not so panicked. It's the evening binging that is really tough to resist - even when there's nothing particularly good in the house.

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