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JOYOUS1917 SparkPoints: (19,811)
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2/9/13 6:58 P

Giving myself a reward for starting again...can be a bouquet, a movie going somewhere new... one of those 5 minute pep talks and of course listening to Spark Radio. Those girls are so uplifting...pretty soon your mind is on board with them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
2/9/13 6:29 P

Congrats on how far you've come so far!
I recently have come out of a slump myself. What really did it for me was looking at old photos of myself. I've compared them with more current photos, and it reminds of how far I've come. Another really motivational tool for me was reading old journal entries. Reading about how sad I was, and how terrible I felt, and reminding myself that I 1: never want to get there ever again, and 2:why I absolutely must keep going.

SHUPER5 Posts: 618
2/9/13 6:14 P

I stopped procrastinating!That was my down fall,always putting myself last!Not this time I make sure I make time for exercise and watching what I am eating!

MARYGOLD5 Posts: 3,514
2/9/13 5:10 P

I go back and read motivational articles on SP. I also keep a notebook of good ideas I've gotten from others. I go back and read these occasionally.It helps to keep me focused. I also remember what I've already accomplished and how much better I feel.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (208,009)
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2/9/13 12:40 P

I had a similar problem - first year was great - second year I slipped up badly, stopped tracking, stopped exercising, and re-gained 14 lbs., mostly between September 1 and December 31, as we travelled for most of 3 months, then Christmas happened.

I wish I could tell you what was special about January 2, but I simply woke up that morning and said "okay - enough goofing off, it's time to get back on track. Since then I've lost 8 lbs., am tracking very carefully, balancing my carbs, fat and protein according to the %ages SP recommends, and exercising regularly. Cardio 3 or 4 times/week, and ST at least 3, often 5 times/week.

I honestly think it's a matter of just saying to yourself, "enough excuses, it's time", and doing it. My husband is not very supportive, and I'm a senior with some health problems, but I've figured out what works for me. I know that I have to stay with this program for the rest of my life or I will regain the weight, and probably more. I also know that there will be days when I over-eat, and days when I don't exercise, but there is no other way to be successful.

WATCHINGW8 SparkPoints: (3,413)
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2/9/13 12:26 P

I plan on putting a picture on my bathroom mirror and on my fridge of myself at a weight that made me very unhappy....that will be my reminder that if I don't keep up with my healthier lifestyle, this picture is what I could become again....boyyyyy do I think that's a HUGE motivation!

THENEWROSE Posts: 1,410
2/9/13 11:12 A

By focusing on the big picture and remembering that perfection is not necessary.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/9/13 9:30 A

Hi Pixi,

Have you tried changing your perspective? In other words, instead of focusing on your weight, focus on making healthy habits a part of your life. All foods are permitted, but in moderation. For many of us, when we feel we must give up certain foods in order to lose weight or be healthy, this can actually backfire and cause you to crave these foods even more so. Deprivation does not belong in a healthy diet--hang in there.

Coach Nancy

REBCCA SparkPoints: (404,930)
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2/9/13 8:03 A

I take the perspective of this is emoticon

Today is the eve of Chinese New Year and a perfect time to make a fresh start. Happily you are starting from a really great place. There are always ways to make improvements and changing for the better. Maybe incorporate a resolve to do strength training, yoga or some new workout will freshen things for this new beginning of your next chapter.

emoticon on all you success already!

PIXI_ELF SparkPoints: (5,529)
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2/9/13 6:30 A

I have been on my journey for about a year now and done really well. However, recently I can feel myself slipping back into my old habits again (binge eating, too much social drinking etc).

Every day I wake up telling myself that TODAY I get back on track but by lunch time I'm totally off the wagon again. So far no damage seems to have been done to my weight yet but I know if I keep this up, I'll undo all my hard work!

What are things you do to get back on track when you fall off the wagon?


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