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SUSANSEARCY SparkPoints: (13,587)
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6/24/13 6:08 P

Be sure to use your nutrition and exercise trackers! You can add sodium to your nutrition tracker to make sure you aren't going overboard. If you do those things, before you know it, those five pounds will be back off.

222NICHOLE SparkPoints: (9,845)
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6/24/13 12:40 P

I'm sorry you lost motivation. It happens to all of us. It happened to me just last week because I had been steadily losing weight and was almost 10 pounds down and then due to increased salt intake I went back up a few pounds. It's hard to see the scale go up after working so hard, and hard to stay motivated and on track even when you know your weight gain isn't fat.
Some things that help me get back on track are reading motivational stories. Try the motivation resources on SparkPeople:
The success stories, motivational quotes, and other resources really help me.
Also if you are a visual person like me, you can look at motivational fitness pictures on Pinterest or Tumblr. SparkPeople has a Pinterest full of lots of good resources and motivational pictures:
You can visit my tumblr And there are many more blogs and pins of fitness and motivational resources if you just search for them.
Write down reasons why being healthy is important to you and how you feel when you make healthy choices and hang it up somewhere you can see it often. And if you are getting bored of the same routine find fun new ways to exercise with your kids or new recipes to make. Change always motivates me when I get bored of doing the same routine.
I hope one of those ideas help! We all lose motivation sometimes and just have to push through and remind ourselves why living healthy is so important and worth it.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,865)
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6/24/13 12:29 P


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Every little bit really does make a difference.

Taking care of two young children is not easy. So, if you can't workout for 30 minutes at a time, then workout for 10 minutes. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. Working out for 10 minutes three times a day still adds up to a 30 minute workout.

Check out the fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workouts posted. Why not do a couple of those ? that's something. Take things slowly. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Slow and easy really does win this race.

PS - Yes, a five pound gain probably is water retention if you know you've been eating mostly right. Make those small changes first so that you aren't overwhelmed. You're a busy mom, there is only so much you can do in a day. You're not Wonder Woman.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 6/24/2013 (12:55)
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6/24/13 9:58 A

I've been keeping pretty busy with my almost 3 year old and 3 month old! but I've slacked off. I lost 11 pounds, and my "cycle" has been messed up so maybe that's the good excuse to use, but I've gained 5 pounds back. I'm assuming it's water weight because I have started to drink diet dr pepper and diet mt dew again :( but no regular pop but I'm sure it still has lots of sodium or whatever keeping water weight on. Need more motivation please someone add me on their page and help me out :( Feeling no motivation no idea what to do. Need to start over again.

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