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SPARKARINO Posts: 10,756
4/2/11 8:58 A

Hang in there! Don't waste any time or energy on beating yourself up, none of us is perfect and we never will be -- but we sure can improve. So make your mistakes part of your progress, learn from your setback, plan how to avoid it in future, take a walk and just breathe! Pat yourself on the back for how much you have accomplished so far.

You are definitely doing the right thing by connecting with Sparkers, who are struggling with similar issues and are in the process of creating healthier lifestyles. Best of luck to you on your weight loss journey.
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Edited by: SPARKARINO at: 4/2/2011 (09:00)
NIKKIG3 Posts: 1,443
4/1/11 10:38 P

That is the story of life. You have a lot on your plate so dont beat yourself up....

Just get back on track and keep going. Best of luck to you!

FOREVERCITRUS82 SparkPoints: (1,801)
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4/1/11 7:46 P

Don't give up! One week does not a lifetime make. Each day is a new day - a chance to change something, to do better. Life is going to throw cruel curveballs in our direction no matter who we are or what we do. Whenever you get off track, take some deep breaths and start again.

To help you relax (for a little while) go to this YouTube account and listen to a woman named Lita describe a relaxing massage or other relaxation techniques. She has an extremely soothing voice and she always helps me calm down!

www.youtube.com/user/massageclips?blend=
2&ob=1

Best wishes! Believe in yourself - I believe you can do it! :)

LATRICE38 SparkPoints: (5,069)
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4/1/11 2:58 P

Thanks for your words. Eating has always been my way of coping with stress, which has resulted in my current weight of 275lbs. In the past, I would write in a journal daily, which seemed to help relieve stress at times. I think that I will go back to this method as well as try to find ways to minimize stressful events from happening. I know some things I can't avoid totally, but I can try to develop effective ways of coping during these times.

LATRICE38 SparkPoints: (5,069)
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4/1/11 2:51 P

Thank you and I know that what you are saying is very true. I think that my problem is that I have been so motivated and so proud of myself for working out daily (and actually wanting to)and eating healthy. One bad week caused me to stray away from that and I was so disappointed in myself. My family and friends tell me all the time that I am too hard on myself....deep down, I know they are right. But you are right also and what I need to do is just get back on track...after all each day is a new day. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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4/1/11 1:55 P

You know what works, get back on track and before you know it- things will look up again..

There will be relapses, but as long as your aware they happen don't be too hard with yourself..

Learn from stuff, find ways to avoid these relapses and chalk it up to a learning experience..
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4/1/11 1:47 P

Don't beat on yourself !! Life happens !! As the old cliche goes,"don't throw the baby out with the dirty bath water!" You had a bad week. Things like this are going to happen. You do the best you can. Does that mean give up ? No, of course not.

One bad week will not derail any of your weight loss efforts. What to do is (to the best of your ability) return to your normal, healthier, routine asap. So, if you skipped your exercise, then you start up again tomorrow. Tonight, you eat a few extra servings of fresh fruit or veggies. You make sure you drink plenty of water.

Remember, this is a journey and there will be bumps along the way. Be kind to yourself as you would to others.

Don't worry ! Everything will be okay !!



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LATRICE38 SparkPoints: (5,069)
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4/1/11 1:20 P

It's just not fair how fast stress can sabotage your weight lost efforts in a blink of an eye. I have been doing great with tracking my food and staying within my calorie range and also with exercising daily. I have been on such a high with motivation to lose this weight that I have even motivated some of my friends and co-workers to get on board. However, this week has been a downward spiral of bad events that have just taken away my motivation to do much of anything. I didn't even track my food yesterday and did not go to the gym. I am so disappointed in myself that I could downward spiral so fast.

It almost seems like a deliberate attack on me because I have been trying so hard....almost like something or someone wants me to fail. My kids have been misbehaving beyond what is normal for them....and my husband is no support at all at home. I have to go home cook, clean, help with homework, and then try to get in my workout at the gym. I have a very stressful job, so I look forward to going home to the comfort of my own home. Well, it has been far from comforting over this past week and my sail has lost it's wind.

I'm so frustrated right now and I don't know what to do to bring myself out of this. For all who reads this, thanks for listening. I just needed to vent and not hold this in.

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