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Don't SLEEP in the detours!

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

This journey is far too long to spend the night in a detour. If you do, you may have trouble getting out of it in the morning. Then one day becomes two... two can become three.. well you know how it goes.

So let's say you blew off the gym today to go to the movies or take a nap. Maybe you went to a party and overindulged in pizza, beer and cake. Perhaps you binged on a bag of corn chips, chocolate candies or cookies. No matter what the detour was you don't have to overnight there.

FINISH the day back on the path to "Health & Fitness" and tomorrow will be easier traveling.

Here are a few ways to do that.

1) Track what you ate (yes you went over, but tracking now will not only educate you as to the poor choices you made but get you in the habit of tracking on other days so you WON'T go over.)

2) Take 10 minutes to march in place, do some strength training or dance to 3-4 songs. It's SOMETHING and the sooner you make exercise a daily habit the easier your journey will be.

3) Drink a glass of water. It's good for you body, will help with some of the sodium you likely ingested and helps you get into a water habit.

4) PLAN your meals for tomorrow. This may just be thinking of what your choices are and scribbling it on a piece of paper or it may be pre-tracking your meals and snacks.

5) Read some motivational articles and blogs on the Sparkpeople site. These will encourage you and inspire you to do better tomorrow.

6) Blog about your detour and make a plan for how to avoid it the next time you encounter that rough spot on the journey.

7) Affirm your plan and your commitment to it. Self-talk is a great way of keeping our motivation up and your eyes on the goal.

8) Set some daily goals for tomorrow. They can be simple (track your food, 20 minutes of cardio, drink 8 glasses of water).

9) Get a good night's sleep. Sleep is valuable on the journey.

10) Ask a friend/team to hold you accountable. When we have someone expecting us to journey with them we are less apt to get mired up in a detour!

So no matter what today was like... don't sleep in the detour!

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MESEATURTLE 7/4/2012 9:17AM

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PREMAMEHROTRA 7/2/2012 7:35AM

  My favourite, especially when I face a detour, is to track the food eaten and this is for a number of reasons: (a) I feel guilty enough to get off my bottom and exercise the next day; (b) I feel motivated about myself because lo and behold, I ingested less calories than I originally anticipated and that means my detour did not take me too far from the straight-and-narrow; (c) I get a chance to forgive myself during my moments of weaknesses without feeling like emoticon ..Enjoyed your blog, PINKHOPE. Hope to hear from you soon

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LYNMEINDERS 7/2/2012 5:48AM

    Total AMEN to this

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WOWEETOO 7/1/2012 9:38PM

    AMEN FOR SURE FRIENDS!!!!
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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/1/2012 9:11PM

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DRKYASHI 7/1/2012 6:31PM

    emoticon advice -- Thanks for sharing!

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SMWATRMLON 7/1/2012 6:07PM

    Great ideas!!

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LRSILVER 7/1/2012 4:57PM

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MIMOSA88 7/1/2012 4:29PM

    emoticon for your advice! :) emoticon

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RACH7979 7/1/2012 2:31PM

    Great suggestions as always!! Thank you so much!!!

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AMARILYNH 7/1/2012 2:10PM

    Great Blog!!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/1/2012 1:45PM

    Great advice.

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KALANTHA 7/1/2012 11:16AM

    Great suggestions!

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MUSOLF6 7/1/2012 9:28AM

    Thank you for this great blog emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/1/2012 9:12AM

    Some great words of advice!

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VINGRAM 7/1/2012 8:49AM

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SANDIBETTS1 7/1/2012 7:36AM

  BIG KEY--plan your tommorws

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KIPPER15 7/1/2012 7:25AM

    Fantastic advise. emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 7/1/2012 7:02AM

    emoticon for the good advise.

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/1/2012 6:07AM

    sounds like my plan for today since I went over yesterday. Thanks buffet

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123ELAINE456 7/1/2012 5:35AM

  Great Blog!!! Many helpful suggestions.!!! You are doing great. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Keep it up!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/1/2012 1:14AM

    Good advice. Thanks.

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IMSOOZEEQ 7/1/2012 12:35AM

    This was a great blog! So many great reminders!

Thanks for sharing.

Susan

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/1/2012 12:11AM

    Thanks for the great reminder! Had a bit of a detour day, but I'm getting back on track :) Thanks for the suggestions!

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MEGWAR1370 6/30/2012 11:43PM

    This is perfect! I find myself taking those detours, then trying (and always failing) to get back on track. Somehow, I've never quite figured out how to do it. Then you come along, and - BOOM! You've got it down. Now I have a list I can post somewhere, so whenever I get off track, I know how to get back on again. THANK YOU!!
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SNEVIL1 6/30/2012 11:41PM

    Great suggestions!

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BMW9295 6/30/2012 11:26PM

    Omgosh... emoticon I really need this at this moment. What a wonderful reminder that is inspiring and motivating as well. You really know how to put things into words. Thank you so much for what seemed like "reading my mind"! I really appreciate you taking time to blog for us. I am so grateful to be able to read your blogs and learn from them.

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SNOWYOGA 6/30/2012 11:21PM

    Thank you for your blog and I will remember not to fall a sleep! But for now sleep well emoticon

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