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Fitness Minutes: (31,089)
263 6/13/11 10:47 P
Wow! You have truly done well so far...but it looks like you still have a little ways to go to your goal....Understandably it's hard to keep with the program when you've had a little time off...Just like when you get back from vacation it takes a little extra effort to get back in the grove at work. Treat it like a job and just get after it and it will be like old hat again in no time. Perhaps next time you go on vacation you should just write down everything you eat so it's not so hard to go back to tracking on sparkpeople?
I'm leaving for a vacation next week, and I'm giving myself that time off tracking food/exercise, but I know when I get back, I'll re-train myself to track again. It can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but you just have to think about how it is SO useful! Also, think of how awesome it feels to see that you've come in under your calories or to see that the half-hour of working hard doing cardio just burned 300 calories. Nothing like a little positive reinforcement!
Fitness Minutes: (150)
52 6/13/11 10:16 P
It is very hard to stay motivated all the time. i don't think that there is one person on here that can say honeslty that they have stayed motivated every single day. That is what makes SparkPeople a good tool for me because it gives me the chance to blog even when I am not motivated to doing my exercising or trackign my food. I can blog how I am feeling and somewhere on here there is someone else that has been in that same position.
Fitness Minutes: (140,022)
19,527 6/12/11 8:40 P
Tracking is a tool and it is a choice.
For me, when I became absolutely clear that achieving a healthy fit body was a goal I wanted, the choice included a committment to do whatever it took to do just that.
The time it takes to track and be clear about what needs adjusting has been key to my maintaining my healthy weight for seven and a half years so far.
Lots of us have very busy lives with many responsibilities. Fun is an important part to include of course but does not preclude being aware of healthy nutrition. After tracking food consistently over time it gets pretty easy to make the choices that support a healthy weight and lifestyle.
I don't have any great words of wisdom, I just wanted to say I understand what you're going through. I didn't journal last weekend, and it was hard to get going again. I thought about my next weigh in, and how I want to get good results again. I also thought about how journaling is the first thing I tried that I stuck with and that is working. Then I just sort of started doing it again. If it's not perfect, that is totally fine. This is something I am going to do forever - a little hiccup along the way is ok :)
Falling off happens, guess what to many people including me. Like the article I read that was titled one step back two steps forward. I say, learn from your mistakes and work on the root cause. Try to put little systems in place to prevent what happened to happen again.
Hey! I definitely understand 'falling off', as I've done it so many times before. It sounds like you have an 'all or nothing' attitude about weight loss, and that can really hinder progress. Bad days happen-trust me. When they do, you just have to pick yourself up the next day. One thing that motivates me is to read journal entries from my not-so-healthy days. I read about how miserable I felt, and how much I wanted to change. That usually reminds me of why I'm doing all this, and I get re-motivated. Hope that helps!
Fitness Minutes: (4,404)
54 6/12/11 10:25 A
I am a single mom to my two boys, and when I am at home, I have been doing a great job of measuring and tracking every single bite of food I eat. However I fell off the bandwagon last weekend because we went camping with friends and this weekend because we are visiting my dad and brother. I was really proud of myself for tracking every day, and now I am not feeling motivated to track at all, even though it was working and I was losing weight! It just seems like so much work now that I have stopped. How do I get started again?? I don't want my diet to fall apart everytime I do fun things with my family!!
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