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NOMIE322 SparkPoints: (17,996)
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1/4/13 12:41 P

I've been there (and will be there again, I'm sure). One thing that has always helped is reminding myself that this is a journey and the the road is not always going to be a straight one. For example, this holiday season I was an absolute cookie monster. I never crave cookies and hardly ever eat them (even before my SP journey). But someone gave me a tin of cookies for Christmas and I chose to eat ALL of them. Not my best decision but I made it, accept it and have moved on. I'm back at the gym, back to tracking my food, back to SP, and back to remembering why I started.

Note, to soften to 'blow' of the cookie-fest, I'm not going to weigh myself as I'll be really obsessive over it which for me, is counterproductive.



LINWASH23 SparkPoints: (60,446)
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1/4/13 11:36 A

Take one day at a time. Today I will exercise 5 minutes, limit my portions and remember why I am doing this--for me. emoticon

N16351D Posts: 2,349
1/4/13 11:13 A

I gained weight between Halloween and New Years Day. I always do, and I always get it off by late February with diet and exercise.

One way to help stay motivated is to list the reasons you want to change your diet and exercise. My list is quite long, and repeated in many of these threads several times. Write your own. Remember why you are trying to change yourself. It helped me!

PAG41989 SparkPoints: (2,953)
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1/4/13 8:39 A

I think almost anyone on these boards have probably gained a few pounds during the holidays.. it happens ( I mean who can resist all those yummy temptations lined out buffet style?) :) All you can do is take it one step at a time and before you know it you will be back down to your 10 lb weight loss and then you just keep going from there.. one step at a time :) It helps me to just look at my workouts day by day because if I look at my entire week of workouts I think I would get overwhelmed, but at the end of the week when I look back at all I have done just taking it day by day I feel great!

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,346
1/4/13 8:15 A

It took me gaining about 15 pounds and being very discouraged for me to realize that the longer I wait, the longer my progress will be delayed, and he harder it will be to get back up. Don't feel bad about holiday weight gain. You're here now doing it and that's all that matters. You can not change the past, but you can work today to make a change for the best. Start with thinking about what motivated you in the first place. You can do this!

AGOALOF150 Posts: 217
1/3/13 10:48 P

thanks for the awesome advice! i love the difference between men and women losing weight, it is funny but so true!

NIKONDEMON SparkPoints: (12,455)
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1/3/13 10:41 P

The magic number is 1. One step at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time. You can do it. You lost that 10 lbs once you can lose it again. Maybe a change in routine at the gym? Or trying a dvd at home when it just doesn't feel like a gym day?

MERYWIDOW SparkPoints: (640)
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1/3/13 10:38 P

When I get to feeling that way I think of 5 things I am grateful for. I let that settle into my brain then I repeat this phrase, " I deserve to be thin and I am worth the work." Repeat this several times and before you know it you are believing it.

Also, I sometimes feel guilty of screwing up but I had a friend once tell me that the difference between men losing weight and women losing weight is that men do not have guilt. If they eat something they should not, they just say, "Oh, well" and move on to good choices. We women make it a big deal and feel guilty. Forget the past and concentrate on the future and you will do fine.

LISSABROOKE92 Posts: 91
1/3/13 10:35 P

It just starts with one step at a time. The good thing is you still have many great tools available to you on this website. Don't think about losing all 10 pounds at once. Start with baby steps. Focus on drinking more water or eating more veggies. If you think of it as small steps then then they will all work together and the weight will come off. Just believe in yourself like we all believe in you. : )

AGOALOF150 Posts: 217
1/3/13 10:17 P

I feel so horrible right now...I gained 10 lbs over the holidays..my pants are tight..I have not been going to the gym and am to tracking my calories. I don't know what has gotten into me and I don't know how to gain control and get back on track. I feel like I am looking through a window into my life and see what has to be done but cannot influence it. Any suggestions in how to get back on track is appreciated!!

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