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MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
8/12/12 3:38 P

You know the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" There are tricks to turning down those "desserts" travel suggestions on sparkpeople, The bottom line, is you're back and ready to try not try're going to succeed.

We're not perfect, we are on a journey. I found with every weight loss attempt, I learned more about myself, my triggers etc, until finally I did it, and have kept it off.

You can do it, even toddlers evenually walk, and occasionally adults that are athletic runners trip and fall. emoticon

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8/12/12 10:20 A

This really speaks to me. As a life long over achiever my " failures" at being less than perfect have always been what defined me in my head. I have frequently scrolled thru the success posts on this site and while inspirational they always compete w my internal dialogue of I can't.
I believe your post will now be my reset button. Many, many thanks. T

SADIQAH Posts: 805
8/12/12 4:07 A

I'm not a newbie to this site, but still I'm struggling to get and keep going. Best of luck to you! And I love the encouragement and suggestions that others have left on your post.

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8/11/12 4:27 P

Very good analogy. Thank you

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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8/11/12 4:04 P

I believe you will do great. One day at a time. Welcome to SparkPeople. :)

BRITOMART Posts: 8,150
8/11/12 2:40 P

Just a thought...'start over' is a kind of diet mindset. A healthy lifestyle mindset recognizes our lack of perfection, accepts it, and GOES ON.

Coach Nancy didn't put it in this thread, but one example she offered has stuck with me for several years--about not giving up. If you don't brush your teeth one day--because you're too stressed out, or forgot the brush, whatever--do you give up and say, "Oh, well, I failed at that. I guess I will never make it so I might as well never brush my teeth again"? Hope not. You brush them the next day, and go on from there.

Starting with one habit and building on it is the best way I've found of making high-stress lifestyle, no-choice meals, and all the apparatus of our crazy corporate world manageable--and it takes LOTS more than 17 days to learn any single thing--and the learning may not be's not about being perfect.

Good success to you on your journey.

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8/11/12 2:32 P


Coach Nancy is right. You can't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

It's tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle when a person travels so constantly. BUT, it's not impossible. I'm going to recommend to you what I do all new members. You start with some simple changes you CAN stick with. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals.

Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. When you achieve these goals, you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It doesn't start with all or nothing. It starts with some simple changes. Because one small change can lead to another and another and another. before you know it, all those small changes add up into one huge accomplishment.

As far as what to eat when you're on the road, try to find grocery stores where you can buy some fresh fruit for snacks. Even if you're at a hotel, all hotels offer fruit at their breakfast buffets. grab a couple of pieces of fruit for snacks. And it is important to keep snacks with you if you're prone to a really busy day. When people get really busy, they forget to eat. And when they forget to eat, the end up overeating later. So, you might try keeping some healthy snacks with you when you travel. Nuts are a healthy snack. don't let the fat stop you from eating nuts. Nuts contain a healthy fat that's good for our hearts. you just need to be mindful of the portion size, that's all.

And when you eat out, ditto, try to be mindful of the portion. Most restaurants serve meals that can typical feed 2-3 people. No one says you have to clean your plate. it's okay to eat half there and take half home to enjoy for lunch the next day.

There really are lots of different strategies you can learn that will help you manage when you're on the road, but you have to start some where. So, why not start by setting some SIMPLE goals you can stick with. It may not seem like much, but that's how a healthy lifestyle start.

We all have been where you are. We know what it's like to go through the weight loss version of chutes and ladders. Well, if you are wise and play the game just right, you'll be traveling up more ladders than you will chutes. The fact is, at some point, we all encounter the chutes life has to offer. Do we quit the game ? Nope... we keep throwing the dice until we win !!!

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8/11/12 12:20 P


Know that you do not have to have a perfect life to embrace a healthy lifestyle. It is really through the small permanent changes that we embrace that will move us to better health. Even if you had a not do healthy breakfast or lunch, does not mean you can't chose to eat a healthy dinner.

You can do this!

Coach Nancy

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8/11/12 12:07 P

Several weeks ago I ,like many, joined the site full of resolve. This time I will do it, this time will be different. Alas it was not. It started w " you can do anything for 17 days". Well, evidently not all of us can. Next is a High Stress job that is full of land minds in senior management for a long term care company. The job requires constant travel to 7 states, catered meals w fabulous desserts. Excuses I realize but like a toddler, I fall down more than I stand up. How do I start over on this site? I assume " do overs" are a reality as I have read many posts. Any tips not only will be appreciated but welcome. ( especially from successful road warriors). T emoticon

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