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NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,341
4/29/13 10:46 P

You can reverse that trend - just make your small changes. Try to figure out what might help you not slide backward NEXT time. Are you cutting out all of your favorites and then getting the feeling of deprivation? If so, fit your favorites into your eating plan. Are you trying to do everything at once? Try doing one or two things to start and then gradually adding others. Look at why and maybe you can postpone or avoid slipping off track next time.

HM_JACKSON SparkPoints: (23,232)
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4/29/13 1:06 P

Good to hear that I am not alone and that there is hope to get back on track. I was doing so great, reaching my goals and then a month of not following the plan exactly and hear I am 11 pounds heavier and feeling just yuck!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,341
1/27/13 12:25 P

Thanks for the reinforcement of the importance of not forgetting that we are HUMAN and WILL have setbacks and challenges forever - that is called LIFE. So often when people go on a DIE T they think something magical will happen and they will never ever again face HUMAN foibles. PLAN and revise, tweak, and PLAN some more because I have never met a PLAN that worked all the time or in every situation. I sometimes feel like my plans are a bit of a crazy quilt full of patches on patches as I have had to change them to fit all of the new and everchanging circumstances.

Edited by: NANCYPAT1 at: 1/27/2013 (12:26)
STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
1/27/13 12:14 P

Regarding this journey, "Perfect" isn't in my vocab. It's more of knowing that setbacks and binges are going to happen, but preparing for how I will spring back. Trying to be perfect is too stressful and the last time I tried that, it translated into 'all or nothing'.

I think we all do this: We try to tell ourselves after a binge that it'll never happen again, and we've learned our lessons, but then a few days, weeks, or months later, there we are again crying on the panic room floor because we've binged and feel defeated.

It's not about preventing it from ever happening again. For me at least, it's not about if it ever happens again, it's about WHEN. I know that they are still going to happen. Hell, I took a week off last week from the gym, and my eating suffered. I ended up eating over 4000 calories yesterday. Am I going to give up? no.
This isn't all or nothing. It's about making sure that there is more time spread out between these incidents, learning from them, and jumping back on it with determination.

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1/26/13 9:38 P

Perfect is a word you need to get out of your vocabulary. "90% perfect" isn't perfect at all.

This isn't a journey of perfection. You don't have to be perfect, or even mostly perfect, to lose ewight. You just have to be healthier, focus on making small changes, and aim for understanding that there will be good days AND bad days.

No one ever makes it to the end perfectly. We're all human, we all mess up, we all have ups, downs, and imperfections.

Remember this is healthy living... not perfection.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,341
1/26/13 8:40 P

Okay. I cannot even imagine being even 90% perfect. I really strive for something around 80% because that seems realistic and doable. I am past being in a HURRY to get stressed out about the process. I go in spurts and fits and starts - Often plat eau for several months and then drop about 10 lbs. Then I slow down and don't lose for a couple more and then another 10 drops. When I say I don't lose it is more like I bounce around within a 5-8 poun d range for that time. I expect it will take time, but will eventually pay off. Not working steadily at the process doesn't mean I go crazy, it means I sorta, kinda, make mostly healthy choices and that I kinda sorta do better than I once would have done.

I am not sure this is what you were looking for but that is MY story and I don't think it is going to change dramatically in the near future.

EURYDICE86 Posts: 30
1/26/13 5:17 P

I am a member for a couple of years and an active one for a few months. I have had a lot of setbacks and decided many times to get back on track "from now on I'll be 90% perfect at least". I have seen many people who have just decided, started and lost all the weight according to their original plans. I wonder how many of you have never fallen off the horse or has always met their planned goals. Also, how many is the average percent of days you think you have spent in the "twilight zone", where you don't do anything for weight loss... regardless of injury or family circumstances.

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