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Friday, June 29, 2012

I was sitting at the computer checking in with my Spark Friends and up popped this wonderful quote from Coach Nicole:

�Are you slumping right now? Sit up straight!
Now doesn't' that feel better?�

Well, Coach Nicole gives very good advice. So I tried it. And � no surprise - I actually did feel better.

Sometimes it amazes me how easily our good habits slide into a �slump�. Thank goodness, for these reminders.

But this friendly reminder wasn�t done with me. The more I thought about the word �slump� the more I realized how well it describes my journey in the last few weeks.

No, I haven�t given up on exercise and eating well � but I�ve been less deliberate about maintaining my hard-won healthy habits.

Yes, I�ve definitely begun to �slump�. I�ve planned my food menus, but not been careful about tracking �everything�. I�ve �guesstimated� my portions � and become increasingly optimistic about what a � cup serving looks like. It has felt like a slippery slope (unfortunately one which I have been all too familiar with in the past). And that slippery slope leads to mindless eating - a place I no longer want to go!

So I�m committed to �Straightening Up� and the place to start is with Spark�s Nutrition Tracker.

First, I�ve readjusted my goals a bit. I still have a reasonable range, but by lowering my upper limit I can�t fool myself into thinking I have more calories to spend than I really need.

Second, I�m trying new recipes. I think I was bored with the same old, same old. Funny that I ate larger quantities of the foods I was bored with. Today I made a zucchini mushroom casserole that tasted great and had 200 fewer calories than a typical lunch I have been eating.

Third, I�m posting my menu plan on the refrigerator. It was getting increasingly easy to �forget� what I had planned.

Fourth, I go back to the tracker BEFORE I make any changes. Then I can adjust and still stay within my limits. After I�ve eaten something �extra� it�s a lot harder for me to be flexible.

I�ve been following this plan for 2 days. I�m optimistic that the �slump� is over. And the best part of all � Coach Nicole was right again.

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  • OTTER81
    Thank you! I'm trying to come out of a slump, and this reminded me it is possible but requires a bit of self-checking and planning!

    2059 days ago
    Thanks for letting me know about your blog. Glad my little tip helped you! :-)
    2064 days ago
    I'm a true slumper and your blog has motivated me! I will try to emulate you in "straightening up" my own scattered and slumpy act! emoticon
    2078 days ago
    The first part of your blog reminded me so much of what I tell my second grade students when I give them cursive handwriting lessons and they are intructed to put their back against the chair, and hang their legs down (it's amazing how many kids sit on their legs in their seats!) It is so true that when you aren't slumping and have correct posture, you feel so much better! How smart and creative of you to relate the slumping to our healthy habits. I have definitely been in an HH slump and need to shape up. Measuring my food, using my tracker and looking for new nutritious recipes are the way I am also going to go! Thanks for the tips and congrats on gettting out of your slump and feeling better! emoticon
    2087 days ago
    Ugh, I've been slumping, too. I like the idea of fixing new recipes. That's what I'm gonna do!
    2087 days ago
    My mom and I both have a habit of slumping. We catch ourselves when we are playing cards and sit up straight. It does feel a lot better.
    2088 days ago
    Way to go! I need to plan my menus, cookbooks are selected and ready for my perusal! emoticon for sharing and helping get us out of our slump!
    2088 days ago
    What an emoticon blog. You reminded me of some things I need to be doing. emoticon Girl!


    2089 days ago
    Once in a while, something I read really gets in my head. I actually do what I'm reading without realizing it. CJ, you have a gift of being able to say what I need to read and do, and I'm so glad I know you.
    (I'm sitting up straight right now, just so you know. emoticon
    2089 days ago
    Great blog and reminder! Glad you are getting out of your slump too!
    2089 days ago
    Great job getting out of your slump! And thanks for the good posture reminder too!
    2089 days ago
    2089 days ago
    I believe we have all been guilty of letting things slump from time to time -- at least I know I have. Time to wake up and get myself motivated to begin anew with my commitment. Thanks, CJ, for the gentle reminder. Great blog!!!

    2089 days ago
  • JILL313
    I'm so glad you're getting out of your slump and it's great you know exactly how to do that. You've come so far and I know you're even going to go further. I really admire your catching yourself quick before it became a real issue. I'm going to try sitting up straighter as I want to always feel good. Enjoy your weekend!


    2089 days ago
    Always helps to re-examine our actions and behaviors...something I need to do almost daily. Great post, CJ! Thanks so much. Love, Jeannie
    2089 days ago
    Oh, good for you, CJ, and thanks for blogging. I have been on a similar slippery slope...woke up today, thinking I had been fairly good with food this last week, and saw a half-pound gain on Mr. Scale. Argh! Time to stop the slip. You inspire me!
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    Not the first time I've wished Spark had a WE CAN DO IT emoticon...
    2089 days ago
    Proper ergonomics burns more calories, too.
    2090 days ago
    Thank you for the reminder to sit up straight, and not only literally.
    2090 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. A good reminder.
    2090 days ago
    I really enjoyed the “Are you slumping right now? Sit up straight!
    Now doesn't' that feel better?”

    Every time I'm sitting at the computer I'm slumped over and all of a sudden it's like "what are you doing, sit up straight"

    The pictures explain it all.

    2090 days ago
    Love this - thank you! Slump check commencing!
    2090 days ago
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