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Motivation, where are you?


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Well, I didnít win Biggest Loser at school and I am okay with that because a friend of mine did who is following right in my footsteps and jumping on this ďhealthy lifestyleĒ bandwagon (GO CARLEE!) did. However since winter vacation, (which has only been 4 days), I canít seem to get my full out motivation back. I mean I am back to working out at least 4 days a week and still love the gym but the munchies I get at night are killing me! I kind of let myself ďcheatĒ over winter break (Dec. 23-Jan. 2) and I didnít track. Although I didnít go nuts, I mean maybe I ate more cookies and carbs than I *normally* would, but itís not like I ate fast food or junk all week. And I also took a break from the gym. MissyStar1980 and I just completed Jamie Easonís Livefit 12 week program so I felt entitled to a break ;) However, I am back at the gym now and back to tracking. I just donít know how to not binge snack at night. It is SOO hard. And I am hungry, I swear. I am not just eating out of boredom. I have been exceeding my calorie range (1200-1550) by like 400-500 a day! Ahhh! Not to mention I gained like 10 lbs back that needs to come off asap! This is really a vicious cycle.

I feel like maybe getting back into the SP website and not just tracking on my phone will help me out a bit. I am going to try to write a blog at least once a week and spend time catching up with Sparkies and new added friends for this month. Hopefully, the motivation will find its way back. I miss the 150s =(

Thanks for reading/letting me vent. I appreciate any tips/support you have to offer. =)
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WENZTHAT 1/10/2012 12:33PM

    we sound so similar! i also gave myself a break over christmas and shot back up to the 160's. depressing! i entered the 150's again this morning, which was super motivation to keep going. we can help each other stay on track!

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JOIE501 1/9/2012 9:30AM

    Thank you guys sooo much! I actually ended up increaing my calorie range bc I was becoming stressed out and I felt my body could use more. I will also try the smaller meals more often. =)

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MISSYSTAR1980 1/8/2012 4:35PM

    I know you can do it! Plan out your meals clean eating style so you are eating 5 to 6 times a day so you are "suppose to" eat a small meal after dinner around 9 or 10 o'clock. That might help.

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SUKOTO 1/6/2012 11:19AM

    You can do it! Night time snacking is everyone's worst habit. How do I do it...mmmm, I try chewing gum, drinking water, keeping busy (on SP) and I go to bed early if possible.
You have motivation all around you. Look to your Sparkfriends who are here to cheer you on no matter what.


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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2012 6:12PM

    Oh gosh, the night snacking sounds like a toughie! The only thing that stops me from doing it is that's the time of day I'm with my husband, and I wouldn't want him to watch me pigging out! Also staying away from the kitchen, chewing gum, and drinking hot tea seem to help. But if you really are hungry, maybe your calorie range is a bit too low for you?

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/5/2012 3:44PM

    well done for blogging about this. see how much support was raised!
I like to drink flavoured water as a treat, it helps my seet tooth and the bubbles help fill me up.
yes, being accountable will help and you will see the results in scales and clothes
best wishes, Sandra

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LILHOBBIT29 1/5/2012 12:51PM

    I hope you find your motivation sometime soon!! Its somewhere within you, you just gotta yank it out! :)

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STSCOTT11 1/5/2012 12:22PM

    Its hard to admit those things...but KNOW THIS your not alone.
I could make up excuses but THE TRUTH IS I just let SP go to the wayside for the week I was off from work. I no longer have internet at home...and I don't have a cell...don't feel sorry for me I like remaining "unplugged". My time away from Spark COST ME...just about +10 lbs. if I count from my lowest weight. YIKES!
No sense in feeling sorry for myself.
No sense in beating myself up.
Its a matter of picking myself up, dusting myself off and getting back on the path toward my health and fitness goals.
WE ALL DO THIS.
Unfortunately it does happen...but everyday is ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY to DO BETTER.
Keep sparking!

Set yourself up for success. If you know you tend to eat at night...have that WORKED INTO YOUR DAILY MENU PLAN. emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/5/2012 12:23:46 PM

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MGO09190 1/5/2012 12:11PM

    Nighttime eating gets me too :/ I've decided that I'm going to get more involved in the SP site too, like you I've just been tracking on-and-off on my phone and that wasn't doing a lot of good. :)

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VERONICAVW_140 1/5/2012 12:07PM

    I hope you find the spark that you need to get you back to the place you'd like to be. Hope everything else is going well. :)

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SPARKGIRL32 1/5/2012 11:10AM

    Whenever you are ready, we're doing another round of the Vitality Challenge :)

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FLEDWARDS28 1/5/2012 10:23AM

    I struggle with binge snacking at night too!! I have two boys and a husband who normally head to the kitchen around 8:30/9:00 to grab snacks. It kills me b/c I stand there and watch them eat knowing I would love to participate. Well after taking a break in December myself, I vowed not to snack with them anymore. So far I have been successful. I've started brushing my teeth at around 8:00, I never want to eat with clean, minty breath! It's been working but I know if I truly want to snack then I will. I've also started keeping fruit on hand. The other night I was munchy at like 9:30 so I ate an orange.

I wish I had a magic cure for your binge snacking but alas I think it is just sheer determination. Sadly we don't always have as much of that as we need.

Good luck and I'm always here to listen to a rant or vent!

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