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Day 15: How do you get out of your rut?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I know what happens when I eat poorly. Besides gaining weight, my mood is dismal, I get that hopeless "What's the point?" feeling, and it feels like I'm in a rut.

I'm not sure why I go back to old habits. Something set me off or scared me. I was only 2 or 3 pounds away from a milestone, and I flaked out...again. I even wrote a blog about how I was ready to get to that point, but I stopped myself again.

So this is my question to you: how do you get out of your rut when you are in the deepest, abyss of your rut?

Advice appreciated!

Peace out,


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BURNEDEVE 2/28/2013 9:01PM

    I go straight for my journal and write down ten things I'm grateful for that I've gained since sticking to a healthy lifestyle. Repeat as necessary. Also love the advice of one good decision at a time - if you look at the whole journey at once, of COURSE it's overwhelming! But one step...ehhh, that's not so bad, right? emoticon

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68ANNE 2/28/2013 8:32PM

    I found that I just keep on going and before you know it your rut is gone. I hope it works for you!

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BLESSED2BEME 2/28/2013 1:23PM

    You take a step in the right direction. Make one choice at a time! Write down that positive choice you made. Then add another and another. Spark can provide all the tools, your friends can encourage all they want but until you take that step, the first step, to turn it around, it will never happen. You have to want to change more than you want to stay the way you are right now!

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KATHY47802 2/28/2013 12:56PM

    I look at my children and know that they are proud of me when I'm looking and feeling good. They motivate me. I have teenage boys and they love saying (proudly) "that's my mom!" I also like being able to keep up with their energy.
I do notice I don't like being around people who are down, it's no fun - it's depressing and I'll catch myself feeling down when I'm around that. I don't want to be like that to others around me. I make myself work out every day no matter how tired I feel and I drink a lot of water and green drinks - constantly. I'll even tell myself, "you're tired because you need to drink more water and go for a walk" I always feel great afterwards even if I'm tired because I know I did something to deserve it.

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VAPIDWENCH 2/28/2013 8:04AM

    I've been dealing with that same old feeling and the same sabotage over the past few weeks; first my enthusiasm dropped, then my eating went all to pot... it took a bit of self examination (and a good bit of talking and relying on support) to see the light on the horizon.

I was getting cold feet because of a milestone too: because I was afraid of what came after. Telling people about my worries definitely helped, both here on Spark and in every day life. I kept on trying and trying again; I added in a new form of exercise to shake things up and energise myself, and for every eating mistake I made (like falling down an ice cream well), I logged it and took time to forgive myself.

So that's my advice: self examination, talk about what you find, and don't forget a bit of self love too.

You're doing really well, congratulations on your 6kg loss so far, and remember: if this were an easy process, think how dull your memoires would be!

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CHERIJ16 2/27/2013 11:32PM

    I have a history like that too. This time I have decided to treat this as a lifestyle choice and not a diet. I went over my calorie goals today for the first time in over two weeks. So-o-o Tomorrow I am going to jump right back into the ring and forgive myself for the birdwalk I took today. You have to stay positive!


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