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VELVETMERLIN Posts: 229
3/13/13 4:00 P

The best thing you can do is not beat yourself up about it. Nobody can do everything 100% all the time. Just take it day by day. Sometimes you have to make slow/small changes at a time before it all comes together. It will become a habit after a while and remember to never deny yourself anything. It's usually when people decide that they are going to be all gung-ho about it that they end up giving up. That works for some people, but not the majority. Sometimes you have to have a talk with yourself and see what will really work. I tell myself sometimes that tomorrow I am going to do this and this and this and eat this and not go near this anymore. Then reality tells me that I'm not going to do that and to just take it day by day.

Don't give up! Sometimes it just takes a while.

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3/13/13 11:55 A

JLMCLUCAS,

I know that 8-10 weeks seems like change should be setting in by now. But keep this in mind, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Some changes are going to take longer than others. And that doesn't make you a bad person or one that lacks self control.

It took me years to get off Diet Coke. I can't tell you how many 2 liter bottles I drank in my lifetime. Saying that I was addicted is putting it mildly. I was off/on Diet Coke the same way I was yo yo dieting. It took time, years really, but eventually.... I was able to break my addiction to Diet Coke.

So, don't beat yourself up because some changes don't seem to be coming as easily to you as others.

Be patient with yourself and your body. Think progress, not perfection. Little by little, those changes will start being second nature.



NEWRUNNER2 Posts: 542
3/13/13 9:19 A

You got good advice from SparkCoach Nancy.

In my experience, even maintaining a goal weight is all about choices, too. Today I don't feel like downing a couple morning glasses of water. It's chilly outside and I'm not feeling like a walk. But every choice I make will either bring me closer to my goals or farther away. I'm going to try really hard and commit to the good choices one day at a time, one choice at a time.

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3/13/13 8:49 A

Hi JLMCLUCAS,

It takes time. Most of us have lived years making poor choices and while 2 1/2 months seems like a long time, in the scope of life it's just a small dot of time. That being said, remember you don't have to be perfect. Striving too hard for perfection is what can cause many people to fall off track. As my running coach used to tell me when I was working on my form, "Nancy you must constantly think about this until one day you no longer have to think you just do. And that is what we call a habit." That was over 6 1/2 years ago and I still recall those words.

You can do this!

Coach Nancy

Edited by: SP_COACH_NANCY at: 3/13/2013 (08:50)
JLMCLUCAS SparkPoints: (17,657)
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3/13/13 8:43 A

When does it all click? It has been 2 1/2 months and I still feel like I am fighting with myself to make the right choices. Sometimes I just want to give up on my goals!

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