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If You Ever Felt Like Failing, Remember that Quitting is Not an Option

Sunday, July 13, 2014

You know how it is. You have gone way too far. You now got into the exercise habit and you are now eating clean. And all of the sudden, life gets in the way. You got way too stressed and you want to sink back to your old habits just because doing things is way too hard.

But before you do that, let me tell you something.

"Quitting is not an option"

You see, you have to learn to see things far. You have to see the cycle clearly. Let me show you how it usually goes.
1. You diet and exercise and you're excited.
2. You start to see results and you continue
3, You plateau (stop losing weight) or stress gets in the way
4. You stop and sink back to your old habits.
5. You'll want to diet and exercise again until you break the bad cycle and do it again.

It's really an endless circle. And the bad thing about it is that your body will suffer too.

So here are the things that I tell myself when I plateau or I'm stressed.
"If I keep doing the right thing, I'll eventually see results"
"And even if I don't see results, I'll feel good anyway"
"Even if I eat badly and go back to where I was before, I would want to change anyway so why go back?"
"If I want to enjoy a type of food, I can still take a bite and savor it without eating the whole thing."

Also, to manage stress, I watch funny TV shows when I'm sad or worried, run or meditate when I'm angry or watch sad movies when I'm extremely sad or stressed. I manage my emotions by being present with them as they come up.

So the next time your body tells you to go back, stop yourself. After all, quitting is not an option.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PRETTYAIRA 7/14/2014 8:01PM

    Thanks guys. Glad you liked it. This is always a battle for me. But then when I keep this thought in mind - I know that I simply have no choice but to go on. Sure, I can move more slowly than before but it does not matter as long as I keep moving forward. Wishing you guys the best! emoticon

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FIT_MOMMY_OF2 7/14/2014 12:29AM

    That is exactly what I needed! I have been looking around on the message boards for something just like this, but here it is! I am constantly a part of this cycle. I feel like there is never a time when I am not. But-- I just re-joined spark, and I intend to make a BIG change. Great post!!



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FITCYN 7/13/2014 9:38PM

    You're so right - if you go back to bad habits, you'll just want to change them later, so why waste your time? Invest a little time now to stay on the right track and it will save time in the long run. Good thought!

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Nobody said it was going to be easy

Sunday, July 06, 2014

From quitting to going back, I've managed to reach the weight I got last year. Again I'm in the 130s and I am already halfway my journey to reach my goal..

But since my tooth extraction, I have not been eating well. I could quit now but that is no longer an option for me.

So I'll do some baby steps:
15 minute run tonight + Pilates
300 calories tonight + veggies
Healthy breakfast tomorrow
Half a sandwich snack
300 cal lunch
Pilates again

Let's see where this will take me

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TISH0125 7/6/2014 12:11PM

  The 130's!! Congrats :) Would so LOVE to see the 30's so thanks for sharing and for the motivation. Good luck!

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KATHARINA01 7/6/2014 3:26AM

    Good luck. emoticon

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Back on Track

Friday, May 02, 2014

Today was great. I guess tracking everything can really bear fruit. I started recording the food that I am eating again and I stuck with half a cup of rice. I did not do a massive revamp of the food I eat but I eat thing in generally low amounts.

It may not be big but hey, it's day 1. :)


I failed...

Thursday, May 01, 2014

It's been a long time since I have been on Sparkpeople. As I started my journey here, I lost a lot of weight. I reached 135 lbs where I plateaud and gave up.

From there, I sunk back to my old habits and gained back all my weight. Now I'm back in phase 1 where I have to lose a lot of pounds all over again...

But even though this has happened, I still know that giving up is not an option. In fact, I should continue to strive to be a healthier version of myself as it is the right thing to do - it is the kindest thing I can do to myself and my body.

So now I am going to swallow all of my pride and admit that I am wrong. But I am willing to take the necessary steps to make my life better. It will get better slowly but surely...

So here's a promise that I like to make to the Spark people crowd.

From today, may 1, 2014 until the end of May 2014. I will do my best to report all of my struggles with my weight in a month in writing and tracking. I will do my best to do the right thing but I will report what will happen no matter what form it takes.

Hopefully...this is a step towards the right direction...

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PRETTYAIRA 5/2/2014 4:38AM

    Thank you. I'll never give up emoticon

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MARFLPV 5/1/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon Just don't give up.

Comment edited on: 5/1/2014 3:23:34 PM

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

My last entry was in August 2012. I stopped keeping track of my exercise and the food I ate just because I started to get discouraged when the scales are not moving. I also faced some barriers from over-exercising. The doctor advised me to take a rest and alternate workouts.

But during those 4-5 months, it took a really long while to regain my old habits. I am also fit despite the fact that I don't exercise as regularly as I do and I am not as strict with what I ate. Looking back, I could just imagine what I could have achieved if I stuck to it. If I did not get discouraged and just continue being consistent.

So now, I am starting again. I am going to need all of your support. The road may be tough but I know I got this.

Hopefully, I can sustain the habits the second time around.

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JUDITHANNIE 2/7/2013 1:52PM

    Welcome back and good luck

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REFFIE1 2/7/2013 11:02AM

    It takes real courage to admit that you have been away and fell in to some old bad habits. However, it sounds like you didn't backtrack that much so something must have clicked for you since you maintained a good level of fitness. I have osteoarthritis so I know what you mean about overexercising. It is hard. You wan't to strive to do your best, but then there can be consequences if you don't listen to your body's signals. I now try to do that. For instance, I love zumba but it can cause me pain if I don't modify some of the moves.

The wonderful thing about Sparkpeople is that there is really no judgement. We have all been there, done that. We know about falling on and off the wagon. There's plenty of inspiration from those that have not only reached their goals but maintained their weight loss. So, we've got to push forward because we know it is good for our health, our bodies and hey, if we look better too that is an added bonus. I know you can do this. You've got this girl! emoticon

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SNS1968 2/7/2013 8:41AM

    Welcome back!

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