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4/6/11 2:13 P

Hi Themanor,

It's so easy for us to focus on all the could've, would've, should'ves instead on the positive things that we do.

Changing life-long habits takes dedication, determination, and most of all time. So many of us have made unhealthy habits such a big part of our life that it is going to take more than a few weeks or months to truly integrate the new habits into our lives so that we no longer have to think we just do.

If you look at this journey as a quick means to get to a certain number on the scale only to go back to the way you used to live, you will not keep it off for long.

Just by making small permanent changes into your life can lead to big results down the road. There is no place for perfection in this journey we call healthy living. One oopsie moment doesn't mean we have blown it for the day...we always have the opportunity to make healthy choices any time.

Every day brings the opportunity of new beginnings...if you fall, pick yourself back up and carry on and know that your SparkPeople friends are here to help you along.

I wish you well!

BAM0827 Posts: 3,023
4/6/11 2:12 P

What I loved about Spark when I started was no where did they suggest to change my whole life in a week or two time. Instead, the steps suggested that we start with something small and go from there. So maybe just drinking enough water or eating enough fruits/veggies.

Why I think this helps us at the beginning and throughout our journey is that it helps us when life gets crazy. So if we're, like you, and out of town - our food choices may not ideal but if we go back to focusing on drinking water or getting fruits/veggies in - we have something in our control. Then when we get back to our routine it's not like we stopped and have to start again.

Focus on a couple small things to start. Then build from there. It's these small things, over time, (and without perfection) that helps us live healthy lives.

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4/6/11 1:33 P

Please don't feel you have to apologize -- this message board is here to give us a place to reach out for help when we're struggling!

We have ALL been there, losing lots one week and nothing the next (see my blog today for more on THAT issue!). The good news is, what happens on the scale today has absolutely no bearing on who you are, nor does it take away from what you have accomplished already -- 2 pounds lost! Woo-hoo!

You have embarked on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle. Little by little, you're going to learn new habits and develop new strategies to help you reach and maintain your goal. Along the way, you're going to discover a strength within yourself that you never knew you had, and that strength (along with your annoyingly enthusiastic SparkFriends!) will help to carry you through the rough patches.

In the meantime, hang in there! Focus on what you CAN do (another one of my blogs...there's an underlying theme to them!), and give yourself permission to be less than perfect every single day. One day at a time, you WILL get there! And your SP community will be here, cheering you on every step of the way!
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PS: I hope you'll set up a SparkPage soon, so we can go there to offer you encouragement and support!

Edited by: 1TRULYBLESSED at: 4/6/2011 (13:35)
JECKIE Posts: 9,934
4/6/11 1:27 P

You aren't alone! You have thousands of people doing this with you right here on Spark! :)

Set backs happen. Life doesn't always go the way we expect. Don't let it stop you, though! That's the only way you lose - if you let it completely derail you.

Eating on the run is tough. There are some great articles here on Spark on ideas for food-to-go. Plan ahead and you won't get caught somewhere with no good options! :)

Most of all, though, just keep it up. You not only CAN do this, but you WILL. Just set your mind to it and remember why you need to!


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4/6/11 1:21 P


Really sorry to complain and moan. Just struggling abit of late. I had a great week last week and lost 2 lbs. But this week has been awful , I have been away, eaten on the run and not been near my computer to track things. Just feel one step forward and two steps back.

Just so disappointed as I am new to spark and wanted it to be a fresh start but life seems to have got in the way. Sick of going back and forth. Soon I will be without a trainer as well, and hope I have the motivation to keep going on my own. Just worried that if I am like this now, what will I be like when I am doing this on my own.

Anyway some people have it alot worse I know and dont mean to complain.

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