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How does one maintain consistency?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I have been a member for many years now in Sparks and I'm really no further along than when I originally joined. I set goals, do well for a while and then slide back again. I was where I wanted to be weight wise a couple of weeks ago and was set to meet my monthly goal. Now I've gained that weight again and can't seem to get it in action.

I'm not sure what to do anymore. Each day I start off positively and think I will do well and by the end of the day I have sank back yet again. Ideas?
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    All I can say is this is me too! I am heavier than i want to be. Let's start the new year out thinking this time we can win this battle. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1908 days ago
    Shelly I am in the same boat but like the others said just start over every day where you ended that was good advice for me too -
    So come on kido we both will make 2013 our year to keep going
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    1908 days ago
    After losing 90 pounds and getting my health back (no more blood pressure pills, no antidepressants, decreased back pain and normal blood values) I know that no matter what I won't stop trying. Perfection is not the goal, not going back where I came from is the goal. I backslide, but not for long. I don't use small setbacks as an excuse to go back where I was. I just start each day again right where I am. Each time I repeat a healthy habit, it becomes stronger. Each time I pick myself up, it becomes easier to keep on going. As KarrenLynn said " this is a lifestyle change" not a temporary way of eating. Where I am in my journey is not where I want to be yet, but it is so much better than where I was that I won't let my slips define my final destination. Each day is part of the journey to where I want to be.
    Just keep on picking yourself up and moving forward. I believe you can get there.
    1908 days ago
    For me it was finding my motivation. Without it, I could never stay consistent with eating and exercise. My biggest motivational forces have had to do with health (years of obesity were catching up to me), fitness and quality of life. Not just what I wanted to get away from but what I wanted to move towards. Focusing on goals other than pounds lost and what size clothing I wear (although those are wonderful too!) became powerfully reinforcing. But in all honesty, I was at the point where I was doing real harm to my health and well-being. I no longer feel I have the option to put off getting and staying healthy. I just wished I hadn't waited so long that I did so much damage to my knees.

    I also always set very small goals and built on them so I wouldn't feel overwhelmed or oppressed by what I was trying to achieve. But, truly I think motivation is the key for many of us.
    1909 days ago
    This is me, Shelly: 2 steps forward and 3 steps back! Just can't seem to keep the good going! Mine is an emotional thing I believe...when I have a down day, I notice I eat all the unhealthy stuff.
    1909 days ago
    I've been a yo yo dieter my whole life. I've lost 32 lbs in my lastest journey and learning new things everyday. A couple of changes in thinking for me this time around is helping me a lot. I finally have chosen to believe this is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. This way, food choices and exercise are just habits, not a temporary fix. If I have a bad day, I just start from where I am and keep making 1 better choice at a time. This makes a bad choice, day, binge etc, just a speedbump, not a caloric derailment. For me, I have to exercise everyday. If I let myself skip a day, it's to easy to keep skipping days till I'm not doing it at all.
    The other thing is this time I'm also paying way more attention to NSV's, not just the scale. Oh I weigh every day, I just also consider it a win if my clothes feel better, more energy, reduce meds etc.

    I hope this helps you, and that 2013 is awesome for you,

    1909 days ago
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