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How to Keep From Starting Over

Monday, September 02, 2013

(I just posted these thoughts in response to another member on the message boards, and I want to remember them for myself. Maybe they'll be useful to someone else, too.)


Consider all the setbacks part of one journey. Then, when you encounter them, you don't see them as an end or a failure, just a rough patch. Remember that what matters is that you keep going, no matter how many times you've faltered, fallen down, gained some weight back, gained it all back, etc. We've all done those things. We've all had those moments and months. That's life. Just keep going.

It helps me to look for what I can learn from the setbacks and stumbling points. What was going on for me that I fell down, and what can I adjust to take better care of myself?

Planning is a good tool to prevent setbacks. So is compassion for yourself. Be kind to yourself when you have a slip. See it as part of a total picture of progress, rather than a failure. Don't throw out a dozen eggs because you drop one on the floor, if you follow me. Just clean up the mess as best you can, and continue cooking.

Fall down 100 times, get up 101 and you're a success.

  
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UNIQQUE98 7/5/2014 9:17AM

  awesome!!! Needed to read this

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KAYEMERALD 11/3/2013 1:18PM

  I feel like I've been working on the same 10 pounds for most of my life! I have weighed more at times and weighed less at other times! I find that if I keep trying to add fitness and nutrition to my page, I can stay focused on healthier choices! Don't give up! Keep trying!

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DRTOVAH 11/1/2013 9:32PM

  great advice!

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1GROVES2 10/28/2013 11:23AM

    Thank You! This has been very encouraging! I am so glad you were voted most popular, otherwise I`d not read this.
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HALLMANJ36 10/16/2013 9:01AM

  This is great advice and very encouraging. Thanks, I really needed to here it.

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MOMMA2SKI 10/8/2013 9:28AM

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FERCHY 10/3/2013 10:53AM

  This came at right time for me. I am struggling right now. I will reread until my emotions are once again in control. emoticon

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WINNIE-POOH 10/2/2013 11:09PM

    I have gained just about all my weight back, but I keep trying.

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LEANMEAN2 10/1/2013 6:50AM

    Good one! Thanks for sharing.

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PAMPEEKEMD 9/30/2013 7:18PM

  Great blog -- I've shared with readers and patients to remind them of that 101st time!

One way to look at creating a healthy lifestyle is that it takes a great deal of time, adjustment and GROWING UP. A problem you can't handle without excess food today maybe one, if you stop and study the circumstances and come up with alternative ways of coping, that won't stump you next time. It's a good idea to begin a catalog of alternative coping strategies that you can refer to when you're under the worst of stress.

You can also practice the fine art of adapt and adjust. Imagine easy scenarios: your cable goes out when you want to watch a favorite TV show or the grocery store doesn't have an ingredient you rely on; the item you ordered doesn't fit right or look the way it did in a catalog; it rains instead of being fair weather. How can you adapt and adjust to these imagined small problems? When you get comfortable with the exercise, move on to more frightening ones.

A healthy lifestyle is a journey not a script. What is healthy for you now may not be in a year or twenty years. I tell my patients and readers NOT to look at "starting over" but at picking up where they left off after due consideration of what made them detour. It's even possible that we aren't ready for some life events without breaking our lifestyle rules. The point is to never lose hope, never lose intention and to learn from experience. (And lose the word "mistakes" in the last word of that last sentence!)

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GOSPELCLOWN 9/30/2013 11:07AM

    It's time I took control and did the work!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/30/2013 11:00AM

    An inspiring blog....we all are going on our journey and we should remember your words when we get discouraged

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JAIMESIZED 9/30/2013 8:53AM

    I definitely NEEDED these words of wisdom today. Thank you!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 9/29/2013 9:03PM

    I love the part about compassion towards one self.

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LESCANTOONOW 9/29/2013 3:01PM

  Hi! ANGELCITYGAL,

I LOVED YOUR BLOG! YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL PHILOSOPHY On KEEPING ON TRACK TO LOSE WEIGHT! KEEP UP THE FANTASTIC JOB YOU ARE DOING! YOU ARE A WINNER!

ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU,
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LEEW0LF 9/29/2013 12:33AM

  well said. good motto.

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MAYBER 9/28/2013 11:14PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
Am at the point where quitting is an option
Have slipped a lot this year and cannot seem to get back on track
There is more red than black in my TOPS weight chart
Am taking one day at a time
Love Prayers Peace

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TIMEHASCOME56 9/28/2013 9:22AM

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MAGGSPIE 9/28/2013 9:19AM

    Oh I love this. And I totally agree. This concept is, in my opinion, the biggest part of losing weight. I had never been successful until I started forgiving myself and moving on. I had a really rough day yesterday and so I allowed myself to eat horribly for that day. Because I honestly just needed a break from my diet. And while I feel a little slower for eating all that bad food, it was GREAT because it was not filled with regret. I knew I would limit myself and move on to eating well after that one day.

One day will not make a difference in your weight loss journey. It is what you chose to do with the next days that will.

Thanks so much for posting!

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THECELSA 9/28/2013 1:46AM

    This is a great blog! I'm going to start again for the last time! Thank you for the encouragement!

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LOVEXAVIE 9/27/2013 1:22PM

  I love this! You have blessed so many people with this post - from newbies to veterans. Great stuff!
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CHERYLSBUTT 9/27/2013 12:27PM

    No matter what the mission I just keep moving!
It is my weight loss and fitness story.
thanks for the encouragement!

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LAKEGIRL4 9/27/2013 11:08AM

    Great blog! Its not at all like I thought... The "all or nothing" approach. It took me a long time to figure it out... Take it one day at a time and one step at a time. emoticon emoticon

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MENNATAHA 9/27/2013 10:56AM

  Spark on !!

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JCHICA12 9/27/2013 9:59AM

    Thanks! I needed this today!

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LEESA-B 9/27/2013 9:41AM

  Great reminder. Thanks!

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KALAWA 9/27/2013 8:10AM

  Thank you I needed this today, I have been having such a hard time and today was the hardest of all. Thank you

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 9/27/2013 8:04AM

    Thank you for the GREAT words of wisdom!
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4URYOU 9/27/2013 7:54AM

    God Bless your I needed this and it was posted on my fathers birthday too ! emoticon

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MAWMAW101 9/27/2013 7:37AM

    Thank you for the reminder to just keep going!
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WHYNOTJ1 9/27/2013 7:26AM

    Thank you. I am trying to undo a lifetime of yo-yo-ing and keep going until I succeed.

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JIBBIE49 9/27/2013 12:18AM

    Week of 09/26/2013 - Featured Blog Post

How to Keep from Starting Over

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YICHE12 9/26/2013 10:12PM

    Very well said! Thank you.

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FITANDHEALTHY67 9/26/2013 10:03PM

  Great blog! Thanks for the advice.

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FITFRIT 9/26/2013 9:38PM

    YES! We must NEVER stop getting up!

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BABS4625 9/26/2013 8:39PM

 

Great Blog! Thank you! emoticon

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JENHERMAN 9/26/2013 8:36PM

    This was AWESOME for me to ready today! I ♥ this post! Bravo to you for sharing and truly motivating people with some simple ways of thinking about our struggle!! We all struggle... and will continue to do so! But the important thing is .... we keep getting back on the wagon! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/26/2013 8:29PM

    Fantastic!!!

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TREV1964 9/26/2013 8:21PM

    Your blog is so spot on. It has the same message as my last blog that contains my newlty composed poem "SPARKWORLD" where I refer to doing this like building a wall a brick at a time.

You have here a highly inspirational blog which was a joy to read - well done.

Cheers

Trev

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JAMER123 9/26/2013 8:21PM

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Great blog that is an inspiration to others!!

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GINA180847 9/26/2013 8:02PM

    Planning, planning and more planning. It has taken a lot of work just to get all the planning done but once I had it all in place life is so doable. Thank you for reiterating this.

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LSIG14 9/26/2013 7:15PM

  Really needed to read this today. I keep starting over and then feel guilty because I've fallen again - instead of seeing the positive (at least I can still get up again!). I'm back on track again although it's slow going. Thanks for the encouragement!

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CORKYCORAL 9/26/2013 6:37PM

  Way to go always got up and begin again With Christ we can have H s strenght to help us up emoticon emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 9/26/2013 6:29PM

    Trying to work out snafus is always easier than throwing in the towel and waiting for "the right time to do it right".

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Goal!

Monday, September 02, 2013

I did it! I made it to my goal weight on September 1st. So it took me just less than 6 months to lose 32 pounds on the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution.

I wish I had something brilliant to say. I'm mostly just tickled. And looking forward to maintenance.


So what's next? I'm adding just 100 calories per day right now, to see how that affects my weight. I am looking into adding calories by incorporating chia seeds, and maybe some additional protein into my diet, and things to jazz up the veggies I eat. Nothing fancy, nothing extreme. I eat below the SP recommended range of carbs, but not very low. This works best for me with my blood glucose and keeps my head on straight as far as my priorities for meal planning. Also, I'm working out a lot, because I'm training for a Spartan Sprint 5K obstacle course race.

Any successful maintainers have thoughts to share?

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 9/3/2013 12:56PM

    Congratulations on this important milestone!

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TWO-TOO-MUCH 9/3/2013 11:43AM

    Jennie, you are a rock star! Just wanted to congratulate a fellow Junkie once more!
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I added you as a friend -- please do the same! And kudos on this popular post!

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/2/2013 6:49PM

    Congratulations!
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K-GETTING-FIT 9/2/2013 4:01PM

    Awesome! Happy Dance for you!!!

I love chia seeds. My favorite is to mix them into yogurt. Way to go powering on with the mud run training:)
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ZACHERYSMAMA 9/2/2013 3:50PM

    Good luck you are doing great. I have been thinking about the Dash Diet.

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ALICIA214 9/2/2013 3:41PM

 

I love the taste of roasted veggies..


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A hike on the Pacific Crest Trail

Sunday, August 25, 2013



Yesterday I went hiking with my very inspiring friend Leigh. After the death of her 21-year-old daughter, she gained about 40 pounds in her grief. Then she decided to survive the loss by getting strong. Three years later, she's dropped the weight and is an accomplished trail runner and obstacle course racer. At 50 years old, she's in incredible shape, with muscles, stamina and expertise I admire.

Leigh lives out in California's Antelope Valley. It's about an hour's drive with no traffic from my house. I headed out there yesterday and after asking her tons of questions about how to train for my upcoming race, I joined her in a hike.

Leigh took me to a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail near her home. The PCT runs all the way from Mexico to Canada. I'd love to hike the whole distance one day. But yesterday was about training for hills, so we tackled a 3.2 mile segment. The temperature was over 90 and there was minimal shade. We brought lots of water with us. I wish I'd had a visor. Otherwise, the hike was fantastic. The views were great. It was very challenging, especially the fifth mile on the return trip, which was mostly uphill and I was tired. I learned a lot about shoes for trail running, hydration packs, and the right clothing to train and do my Spartan obstacle course race in December.

Altogether, we hiked 6.3 miles round trip, with an ascent and descent of 933 ft, in 2.75 hours. I'm really proud of my effort. I was able to keep up with Leigh the whole way, and wasn't too winded to talk with her the whole time.

And this morning, my quads and hamstrings aren't even too sore! Woohoo!


(I didn't take this photo, but it's a good representation of the views we enjoyed yesterday)

  
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CASS6631 9/4/2013 11:53AM

  Congratulations on your hiking skills continue the good work

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/25/2013 1:11PM

    I didn't know that about the Pacific Crest Trail; very interesting. I admire your friend who turned a possible disaster around to be an inspiration to others AND I admire you for going for it!! That's a LONG hike especially when it is hills and so new to you. Good luck training! emoticon
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A quick thought for your Sunday morning

Sunday, August 18, 2013



It's not about getting to a certain number on the scale. It's not about "fixing" yourself after a setback. It's not about any of the self-critical messages.

It's about meeting yourself exactly where you are today with kindness and giving yourself the structure and guidance you need to thrive.

Love yourself.

  
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PRAYINGHANDS35 8/18/2013 4:52PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed this today.

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SILVER_WOLF1221 8/18/2013 11:09AM

    True story! Have to lover yourself before you can love someone else! emoticon

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K-GETTING-FIT 8/18/2013 9:53AM

    Awesome! I am "loving myself" today and it feels pretty darn great:) Need to remember it and keep it in the reserves for the tough days.

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In the end, these things matter most...

Thursday, August 15, 2013



I'm letting go of perfectionism. I'm tired of holding myself to higher standards than I'd ever enforce on anyone else. With compassion, I'm letting go of being afraid of my own humanity.

What about you? Is there something that you need to let go?

  
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K-GETTING-FIT 8/18/2013 10:05AM

    "Perfectionism" is the roadblock that comes up more often for me. What I am learning about it is it only holds me back from great experiences. No more!!!

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ANGELCITYGAL 8/16/2013 1:27AM

    Oh, yes, Letha, me too! So good to remember that. emoticon

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LETHA_ 8/15/2013 4:33PM

    I need to let go of "being right"
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Have a great day!

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