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I think I blew it

Friday, May 10, 2013

I think I blew my streak yesterday. I'm seriously considering re-starting it. I'm not giving up. I just think I should re-start back at day 1.

I am sick with a cold. I don't know whether that is just an excuse though. Top that off with eating over my calories...

I made a commitment to 12 weeks of trying every day.

I understand that illness can and sometimes should prevent exercise. My body needs time to heal.

But I'm looking back. In my first week I needed two days off from fitness, due to injury. That was legitimate, and I ate within my calorie ranges. In fact, I still had calorie deficits each day.

In my second week, I'm already up to two days off of fitness. There was a third day, but I walked enough to get my fitness in

I guess this dilemma is my fault. I never did clearly define what a successful day is.

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SPARKFRAN514 5/10/2013 11:05PM

    emoticon when I slipped I would start over until a friend shared something with me and once I stopped and thought about it i liked the idea. if we get a flat tire when out in the car we change or in my case call AAA to come to and help. I don't go back home and restart my errands i just get in the car and continue on the journey just dust your self off and keep going we can do this emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3016DEBRA 5/10/2013 7:22PM

  Just keep going ~ everyone has a "streak" now & again! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 5/10/2013 5:51PM

    You don't have to restart. Move forward working as you can and work toward the goal - you may not reach your goal at first but you can reach it eventually. Unless you deliberately got sick or injured, I would say that both are legitimate reasons why you are taking a little longer to get to your goals. You can start over, but why not see how you do if you DON'T start over yet? Start when THIS challenge you gave yourself is completed and see if you can do BETTER the next time.

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CHERIJ16 5/10/2013 2:36PM

    We all have days or weeks when we aren't at the top of our game. Don't beat yourself up because no one is perfect. Remember this is a journey and take one step at a time.

I think it has helped me to make my goals more specific. I follow my nutrition tracker every day and stay between 1200 and 1500 calories. I eat a 2 cup salad every day and try to get 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

I am just beginning to be more specific in my exercise goals. I shoot for 10,000 steps a day and I have recently set up my own strength plan.

I'm not moving as fast as I would like but I am moving! emoticon emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 5/10/2013 2:02PM

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AWESOMECHELZ 5/10/2013 1:51PM

    Great plans and attitude. Take good care this weekend and I hope, by Monday, that you feel 100% better! Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 5/10/2013 12:31PM

    For me - I think that it is hard when you are sick or injured. It is hard for me because you can't do anything even though you really want to. I've been off almost the entire week - aside from some steps here and there. Not much - definitely what I would call a success. However, I am keeping moving - I haven't given up.

Sometimes we just can't control everything - and life will throw things our way and we just have to find a way to deal with them. We aren't just on this journey to lose weight - or to get to a certain dress size - we are on this journey to be healthier. Healthier also includes taking care of ourselves - and when we are sick, to nurture ourselves and regain our strength.

If we keep pushing - despite injury or illness - we will be out of the game longer. Normally, I would be pushing right now - but I am trying to listen to what my body needs - and right now it is asking for rest. All I can do is hope that it will pay off - and I'm sure that it will - and I will be back in the game soon.

Don't beat yourself up about things you cannot control - be grateful that you are still here - that you are still striving - that you are doing things that are good for you (including getting steps in). You will succeed - not because you never took a day off - but because you never gave up - and in your moments of need - you nurtured your body and gave it what it needed.

You can do this!

Sumay

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CHERYL_ANNE 5/10/2013 11:56AM

    My two cents?

Pick yourself, dust yourself off, and continue on your way. We don't have to be perfect to get results, we just need to be consistent.

I wish you success!!

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/10/2013 11:35AM

    I am trying to stick to a similar sort of streak, but I think I have my "successful day" pretty clearly defined. I have a fitness schedule that I stick to which is a three-day cycle of stationary bike - treadmill - rest. It means my cardio days are different every week, but that's okay with me. Today is a bike day, tomorrow is a treadmill day, and Sunday will be my rest day. As long as I do the scheduled exercise for whatever given day it is, then that's part of a successful day.

I also have a set weekly schedule for strength training, which is Core on Sundays and Thursdays, Lower Body on Mondays and Fridays, and Upper Body on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Wednesday is my day off from ST. So doing my scheduled ST is the second component of a "successful day".

Then the final component is my nutrition. I allow myself two "over days" per week where I can go over on my calories, so as long as I'm in my calorie range or it's a designated "over day", then I consider that successful.

As of the end of the day yesterday, I'm 10 days into my streak and I'm on track so far for my 11th day today!

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KITTYLADY1259 5/10/2013 11:09AM

    This is just my opinion and it is free! So please use it, toss it, or use part of it. whatever! If it were me, I'd use this as a learning experience. I'd clearly define what a "successful" day is. do you want to exercise every day, or 6 out of 7, or 5 out of 7? I think you might need an occasional day off. Things happen. boy do I know that from personal experience!!! Also on the eating. do you have a range, like 1250 to 1500? That would give you a bit of leeway. Or perhaps one meal or one day a week that you can go over and still be ok?

These are just ideas. I think if I were you I would defiantly set some guidelines. Then it is up to you, if you want to start over fresh or just continue on. This could just be a quick pit stop! Nothing wrong with that!

But please do not be down on yourself. You have started a wonderful thing. So just get back at it and you will be ok! You can do this!!

Glenna

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