how do you keep it from turning into one week, then one month, and so on?
Simply said-- I just don't. My health to me is more important than anything that caused me to "fall off the wagon" in the first place. Without my health, I can't achieve my BIG WHY. Weightloss used to be my number one goal, but it was too liniting. Anyone can lose weight. This is not to say I haven't slipped, but I feel that I need to keep on it. It is a lifestyle. I chose a raw vegan lifestyle and at times hard but so beneficial to my health and my BIG WHY. Journal your thoughts, fears and everything else. It does help and it doesn't need to be long entries. Take a deep breath and just make sure the next thing you do helps your toward your goals.
I too check in each day and although I don't record every up and down, I DO notice them and when I keep an eye on them, I stay more REAL.
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109 1/27/13 11:25 P
I keep myself from losing control by knowing that even if I slip up on one meal, it's not going to ruin my entire weight loss journey. I also weigh myself every morning, and while I know this doesn't work for everyone, it helps me keep myself accountable for what I eat if I know I'm going to weigh in the next day.
When I have one bad meal, day, bin ge, or even a bad week. I make myself track even if it is a LOT of cals - not because I need to know the exact amount, but more because I need to remind myself while ONE whatever doesn't hurt MUCH, it DOES COUNT. Doing that makes me MUCH more aware of what goes into my mouth. It also reminds me of my reasons for doing this and also to be gentle but not STUPID. I was HORRIBLE in the past. I lost a LOT of wei ght (50, 75, 100, and even 160 - and some more than once) a LOT of different times over the years and usually it all came back and each lb lost brought friends with them as I regained. When I seriously made a lifestyle change the first time, I lost 160 - then life (or more accurately death) came along and I lost my son - the loss was more than my head could take. I did not regain QUICKLY but over a couple of years and it was not even ALL of it. Interestingly, like dropping it slowly helped to maintain, because so many habits persisted and my taste had changed, even then, it came back really slowly as the old habits returned VERY slowly and many new ones remained with me even though I was making lousy choices. I know now that the lifestyle change WORKS and works WELL even when I lost my mind and abandoned all hope for a few years. Now I am slowly and steadily climbing back out of the hole I dug for myself.
* I turn to people around me who support my goals. That could be people physically around me or people on SparkPeople.
* I keep getting on my scale. Usually seeing the numbers creep up is enough to push me to get back on the wagon. I have a certain number that is like a red flag.
* I also try to have visual reminders in front of me (a certain outfit, etc.) that help remind me of my longer-term goals. Sometimes I can avoid the junk if I can convince myself that the end goal is more worth it than the short term gain.
*One of my weaknesses is to stop counting calories if I know I'm going out to dinner or a potluck. I figure the day is "shot" anyway, so I'll eat more junk than usual.
On days like this, I should try to squeeze in extra exercise or base my other meals on a good filling soup or lots of veggies. I've also been known (in a moment of strength) to "guesstimate" the amount of calories on my plate. Then I stick to the regular counting.
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985 1/27/13 8:55 P
How do I stop myself from loosing control? I think about the reasons I'm doing this. I love clothes and I want to be able to wear something other than sweat pants, so I'll do some online window shopping. That usually stops a binge in it's tracks. If I have a bad few days, I try to get back on the horse asap. Coming on spark usually helps with that. And I'm also trying to pay attention to what triggers the binges. Usually it's something bad happened or I'm stressed out. So I deal with that issue, and the food follows.
A couple years ago, I put off doing a weight loss program because...well, I accepted my weight in a dismal way... so, when I did find spark people, I was overjoyed, ecstatic, etc. Once I've lost some weight, I got cocky, had too much confidence, and started thinking: "oh, I can eat this bag of chips, or such and such 'bad food', it won't affect me." And it didn't, at first.
I did something like the cabbage soup diet: cabbages with many many veggies and whatever meat/chicken/ protein was on the family table that night. Occasionally, I'd even add a table spoon or two of rice and drink pure, no sugar added, grapefruit juice with extreme exercises mixed in (Insanity, Jillian Michaels, etc).
My overconfidence went over my head, I regained most of what I lost (I was halfway to my goal weight).
Now, I've returned to sparkpeople and I'm watching my portions, adding many more veggies, fruits, and basically eating 'normally' but within my calorie and macronutrient range.
Having said that, my question is this: how do you guys stop yourself from losing control? If you lose track one meal, for example, how do you keep it from turning into one week, then one month, and so on?
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