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JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/17/13 1:30 P

Thank you so much for everyone replying, I am doing much better these days emoticon
I think I just need to allow myself a treat every once in awhile. And not feel guilty. Thanks for commenting emoticon

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5/6/13 6:15 A


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Start by setting some simple goals for yourself. Example, if you're not 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 getting any exercise, don't try to exercise for an hour, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts as well as continues. It's all about setting some simple goals we can achieve. No all or nothing. Every little bit really does make a difference. So, if one day you get up and eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, but over do it at dinner, that is not the end of the world. it's all about taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Think progress, not perfection.

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5/5/13 10:37 P

Great Advise, LoveMouse82!

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5/5/13 8:39 P

Well congratulations, you've taken the first AWESOME step in the right direction by coming HERE!

I have had your very same struggle, even quite recently. I was doing SO well eating and exercising, feeling great, and boom I got strep throat, could not exercise, very bummed. Got over it, felt awesome again, BOOM, another sinus infection (I teach, so I'm around germy kids all day). Just got over that one and now having a horrible time getting back into it with my allergies from the spring pollen and such...

BUT what I have realized is that all is never lost. If one way of exercising doesn't work for awhile, so what, do something else..if your "go to " healthy food has become boring, get something else healthy, there's plenty to choose from. You mention having a "rhythm" of exercise, and that is awesome to make it a habit, but it can also be a hindrance because then if anything gets you out of your "rhythm", whether it be sickness, a bad day at work, your friend wanting to buy you chicken express (happened to me yesterday) then it is easy to have the "throw in the towel" mentality because you don't know how to do it any other way than your "rhythm". Does that make sense? So instead of focusing on a set schedule or list of exercises or list of foods maybe focus on lots for different choices you can do depending on your schedule each day, your mood, etc. and don't forget to TRACK everything....spark has the best accountability system ever!!!

Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 5/5/2013 (20:41)
JJ625JONES Posts: 130
5/5/13 8:15 P

I posted this in the Challenges Forum emoticon
've suffered from depression in the past and feel like if I don't get a handle on this weight loss I'm going to be there again , maybe not as bad as before, but at the very least feel bad not just about myself but towards myself.
I need to fall into a rhythm, back into a rhythm of exercise. I haven't ever exercised regularly for more than two weeks at a time, so sometimes I feel like I can't do it because I've never been able to.
I wrote another post just now in the Panic Button Help forum, about how I've been emotionally eating today.
Maybe I'm overthinking things and I need a distraction.
My question: What to do when the going gets tough ... (I've just gotten a handle on healthy eating as a lifestyle, but I think its still so new to me that I'm finding it difficult as I'm having a hard day today).
Anything will be appreciated. Thanks

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