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8/20/12 8:34 P

Sounds like you learned an important lesson. You can't go back to the way you used to eat without regaining weight.

Try hard to plan ahead. Don't think of this as a diet; you're changing your lifestyle, and it has to be for the rest of your life. If you're going to socialize, take your own food and drink if necessary. Have water for every second drink. Stay away from the chips, doritos, etc... have fresh fruit or raw vegetables instead.

I'm not saying it's easy... it's probably one of the hardest things you've ever done... but if you're serious about losing weight and becoming a healthier, happier person, you have to stick with it... consistently! There will be bad days, but don't let them go on for days and days and days. Believe in yourself and get back on track.

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8/20/12 8:24 P

Ohhh - so I agree with Nancy about turning the "no's" of your plan into what to do in place of the "no's". You know, I'm constantly reminding myself that I'm not on a diet, I'm changing my lifestyle.

Good luck & keep on working through the challenges - you're worth it!!!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 50,895
8/20/12 5:21 P

I am glad you had a good day. I think you will find more and more of those as you take time to notice what you are doing right and putting the focus on those things. Instead of working on the NAGatives, turn them into positives that say what you want to do instead of what you SHOULDN'T do. Like, instead of saying, "NO SODAS", saying, "Substitute water for soda three times during the day." or "Stop eating between meals" could be changed into, " plan for healthy snacks 2-3 times during the day"

8/20/12 11:07 A

Thanks for the encouraging words! Yesterday was the first good day in a LONG time. It is amazing how energizing it feels to wake up after a day of healthy eating. Trying to focus on that great feeling and keep up with the message boards and blogs for motivation. And, of course, tracking, tracking, and more tracking!!!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 50,895
8/19/12 4:51 P

If you are facing different challenges, maybe you need to find new strategies. Think about why it worked before but isn't now. Is there something besides the beach that has changed? Make a plan and maybe for now, include some of those cravings in small doses. MAKE A PLAN that will allow you to be successful AND human all at the same time - you do NOT have to be perfect to lose weight - just consistent and conscious of what you are eating and tracking it - don't rely on your estimates of what you ate - track your food (at least for a while), measuring spoons and cups help too. It is mostly a matter of getting back into the routine - you can do it. I will also add that every time over the past 40 - 50 years of weight losses and gains, has been DIFFERENT - often the challenges were different because my health was different, sometimes my jobs, or my schedules, or even my tastes in food had changed. Figure out what you can bring from the past and move on with what MIGHT and eventually what DOES work NOW.

HEIDIANN-50 Posts: 69
8/19/12 1:19 P

What worked for you before? Maybe it will are worth it to find out.

8/19/12 12:19 P

After doing really well and feeling awesome for almost 2 months, I moved to the beach for the summer with DH and my three kids. A great time but all of the socializing, etc led to getting completely off track and gaining weight. I figured now that I am back home I would be able to get back on track. Unfortunately, I am plagued with hunger and cravings that I did not have the last time. Not sure how to handle this but I have gained 1/2 of my weight back and don't want to gain anymore. Plus, I don't feel well at all eating so poorly. A very vicious cycle I can't seem to break. Any advice?

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