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WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
7/31/13 3:49 P

For what it's worth, it's easier for me to not consider foods off limits. When I considered donuts something i could never eat, they were a HUGE temptation when they showed up at the office.

Now, I try to allow myself to have a donut, track it and move on with my day. It's so much easier not to have several because I don't feel like I screwed up when I ate one so I might as well try every flavor emoticon . I feel like I had a treat and I'll have another one in the future.

It sounds a bit ridiculous, but taking foods off the "NEVER EVER EAT OR YOU'RE A FAILURE" list made things way easier.

PBAILEY06 SparkPoints: (37,701)
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7/30/13 11:36 A

I know I have a post somewhere about that same dough-nut slip-up and feeling better about logging it. For me, that was a key point. I used to start to track, have some success, eat something I felt bad about and not track it. Because if I didn't track it, I could let it slide, right? So I would eat more, not track it, and the cycle would go on until I wasn't tracking anything anymore. By tracking when I knew the food I ate wasn't a good choice, helped me think about why I ate it, and whether it really made me feel better or not. Most of the time, eat it didn't make me feel better, and that helped me make a better choice the next time.

BILLCAN3 Posts: 1
7/30/13 3:12 A

Don't let one day of bad food choices knock you off your goals. This is probably not the first time it has happened and will probably not be the last. I know i had tons of ups and downs, or I'll pick back up tomorrow, or I'll get a salad when we go out to eat and end up getting a whopper or whatever the case, losing weight is one of the hardest things ever especially when you like to eat like me and cook for the family you just have to stay strong and put your foot down and tell yourself NO! (well that's what works for me) and just start a new day and hope to be better that day, and don't get discouraged just think of all the good choices you have made. Good luck with the rest of your journey.

EXCELDREAM SparkPoints: (84,375)
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7/29/13 6:17 P

So glad to hear that! emoticon

VERO_DEN Posts: 296
7/29/13 8:26 A

Thanks everyone! I am back on track and mighty proud of myself. Even though I had a stressful weekend I kept in mind what you guys posted and it was easier for me to make the right choices.

Thanks you!

EXCELDREAM SparkPoints: (84,375)
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7/26/13 3:57 P

VERO-DEN - you've lost 12 pounds! Woohoo! That's quite a success. It shows that you know what to do and can do it. We all get disappointed when our momentum falters. Sometimes it's because that first bloom of excitement fades and the reality that this is long term can seem daunting. But try to get back in the groove step by step as the others have posted.
Try to look at what has been most difficult for you and try to learn from it. Were you getting bored with your exercise routine? Can you change it around some? Maybe find an exercise buddy to make it more fun? and yourself more accountable? Is there some particular food that you've been helping yourself to? Would there be some way to work that into your regular meal plan and still keep your calories in range.
I wish you the best of luck! Don't get discouraged. I have faith in the SP principles and hope you still do, too.

GRACE1054 Posts: 605
7/26/13 2:39 P

You are always just one good choice away from being back on track. Forget about what you did or didn't do the past week. The only thing you can control is this moment and you are responsible for the next food choice you make. Take one small step today (like some of the suggestions below) and congratulate yourself for doing that and concentrate on the positive. There will be more ups and downs on this healthy lifestyle journey and once you can accept that reality you are on the road to long term success.

Be kind to yourself!

VERO_DEN Posts: 296
7/26/13 12:35 P

Thanks guys!! This is EXTREMELY helpful!. I am so glad I decided to post in the 'Panic!" thread.

thank you!


COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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7/26/13 12:31 P

Hi Vero_Den. Just do t- take a walk at lunch, drink your water, do what you know to do for the rest of today and then start tomorrow. Be nice to yourself! You wouldn't kick a friend when she's down, so don't do it to yourself!

Something that I find helpful if I slip up and eat too much sugar is to drink a nice cup of hot black tea. I always feel that it helps to normalize the sugar blast and I don't feel as sick and languid. Might be all in my head, but it works!

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7/26/13 11:21 A


Don't worry ! All is NOT lost. I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you do today is drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

As the old song goes,"Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". give yourself credit for all the positive things you do for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Just start with some simple changes to get your mojo back. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, 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.

No "all or nothing", just a few simple changes. remember, one small change really CAN change your life.

VERO_DEN Posts: 296
7/26/13 10:52 A

I had been doing soooo well!! Then, for the past like week, I haven't exercised, ate whatever I wanted and didnt track. So I woke up this morning ready to get right back on track. I tracked my food for the day and then I get to work and there were donuts. I had!! I did track them though, I guess that's a plus. I feel really gross, and I know that if I would get active and eat right again I would feel better.

I'm not really sure what I need help with, but that's kind of what I'm struggling with right now.


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