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NEPTUNE032701 SparkPoints: (6,885)
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2/23/14 9:13 A

Try to find a new exercise too, something you enjoy so it doesn't feel too much like work. For me it's hiking. Once the snow melts my family and I will pack a picnic lunch and go to a state park for the day. We spend the whole day hiking, playing Frisbee and kicking around a soccer ball. It's so much easier when you look forward to your exercise instead of dreading it.

Edited by: NEPTUNE032701 at: 2/23/2014 (09:15)
NEPTUNE032701 SparkPoints: (6,885)
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2/23/14 7:59 A

Could you be bored with what you're eating? It's easy to get in a rut and eat the same things day after day, especially if you're tracking. Find some new dishes that are really flavorful and work them into your lineup of meals. When you eat, pay attention and savor the taste of your food. You'll feel more satisfied with a small portion of delicious, interesting food than a whole pile of mediocre junk.

Edited by: NEPTUNE032701 at: 2/23/2014 (08:02)
IMDADOGGIE SparkPoints: (42,022)
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2/23/14 12:51 A

There are way too many resources here to let yourself slip. Track your food and exercise. Drink the water and find some new recipes or snacks. I have found so many low calorie items to choose from I hope that I never go back. Right now I am very motivated so I want to say I won't but everyone is human so there is no telling. Good luck on getting back in control.

2/22/14 3:05 P

I have those days where I just am fed up with always counting calories and watching what I eat, so I go off base. But I always make sure that I have done some exercise to compensate and to get back on track the next day. I think it is OK to have one or two days where you don't worry about what you are eating as long as you are good 90% of the time. It gets a bit tiresome have to track everything you eat and drink

FLORADITA SparkPoints: (63,888)
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2/22/14 2:46 P

Great advise from all the posters so far. They only thing I can suggest is to examine if there is more stress in your life right now. I know stress, anxiety and depression can send me into a carb spiral that can feel impossible to pull back from. Taking the time to review what is going on in your life and how you might be able to make changes can help get you back on track. Keeping a healthy exercise and eating plan can help reduce the stress.

Edited by: FLORADITA at: 2/22/2014 (14:47)
EELPIE Posts: 2,700
2/21/14 1:37 P

Control - tracking every day to ensure I stay in my range.

Motivation - reading the boards here at sparkpeople almost daily to see other people's problems, other people's solutions, other people's motivators (nothing stops overeating like reading about how awful someone else feels after overeating, or reading about someone with health issues, yet losing 100+ pounds).

HOUNDLOVER1 Posts: 8,869
2/21/14 1:15 P

Getting rid of most carbs (except veggies and a little fruit) will keep me from craving food and I"m happy with 2-3 meals/day.

2/21/14 8:07 A

ALJ218, it sounds like you know what you *should* do, your problem is the motivation to keep doing it. Motivation is a mysterious force and it's hard to tell someone else how to get it. But let me say from my own personal experience -- last fall I was in the same situation. I had been dieting for almost two years and I was tired of tracking. I ate what I wanted for about 4 months, and even though I knew it was "bad," I kept doing it. I re-gained 30 pounds of the 110 I had lost. Now I'm remembering how hard it was to get those 30 pounds off in the first place.

If you can't get motivated using your previous methods try something new -- join Spark Coach, join Weight Watchers, start walking with a buddy -- do something to push the reset button. You will do it eventually, you know you will -- my advice is to do it sooner rather than later, because it's a bummer to re-lose weight you already lost!

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (37,106)
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2/21/14 7:22 A

Get back to basics. Start by drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Limit the amount of soda you drink, or cut it out entirely. Don't allow yourself any "treat" foods until you have eaten 6 fruits or veggies. Commit to exercising at least three times a week. Track everything, even if you hate to see those 2,500-3,000 calorie days in there.

Once you have some simple habits back in place, then it's easier to take on the harder task of limiting what you are eating to your suggested target range.

ELLGEEBEE SparkPoints: (1,038)
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2/20/14 11:46 P

I agree with the previous poster. Tracking your nutrition and exercise is a great idea to hold yourself accountable. What works best for me is planning a future outing or trip - something I can look forward to and work towards. For example, I'm taking a long weekend trip to New Orleans at the end of March with some friends. I know I won't be able to eat as healthy or exercise like I normally do when I go out of town, so I am putting in extra work and staying on track as best as I can with that weekend trip in mind. It doesn't always have to be something so extravagant, but I feel like goals and rewards are great ways to motivate you and keep you in check.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (83,102)
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2/20/14 10:53 P

track, Track, TRACK!! What you eat, when and how much... pay attention to getting a balance of your carbs, fats and proteins (whatever goals you choose for yourself). If you use the Tracker as a planner, so much the better---you will actively engage in changing your eating for healthier choices.

And if you are an exerciser...track that too! Give yourself the CREDIT for all your hard work!!

Set small goals, and hold yourself accountable to them. Only YOU can do that!

ALJ218 SparkPoints: (2,003)
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2/20/14 8:35 P

What do you guys do to stay in control? I have been maintaining my weight for about a year now, but recently I feel like i've gone back off the deep end when it comes to my diet. I've returned to mindless and boredom eating and I'm not exercising as much as I used to. I still want to lose 20-30 pounds and I feel almost too powerless to do so.

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