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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Have you been on SparkPeople for a year or more -- and yet you haven't reached your goal? Or maybe you started out doing great in the beginning, but now you've reached a plateau or even gained a few pounds.

You need not beat yourself up over things like this. We are human. There are reasons we lose more when we first start a new lifestyle. First of all we follow the instructions to the exact letter. We are enthusiastic and excited. But as time goes on we miss the foods we used to eat. And even though we have learned during our time with SP what to eat, what not to eat, and what and how much we can allow ourselves as an occasional treat -- we live in denial. We become complacent.

So why am I saying it's all positive? Last year or even before that maybe you wore a size 14 (or larger) dress or pants; and now you're in a 10 or 12. That's positive. It used to be you thought nothing of getting together with friends and drinking 2 or 3 beers as you gobbled down pizza. Now if you try that, admit it, you have guilty thoughts in the back of your mind. You know it's fattening. You know it's unhealthy. And you are pretty sure you'll gain weight from it. Positive and progress are almost interchangeable. When you stop making progress it's because of habits you are allowing back into your life.

It's one thing to eat the wrong thing when you are not informed about nutrition, but it would be difficult to spend much time with SP as you see hints, articles, facts and figures regarding which food to eat, any and all subjects are available to you.

The thing about joining SparkPeople and deciding to live a Healthy Lifestyle is that it is NOT a diet. It is not something you can do for a month, or 6 months, lose 20 pounds or so, then quit and go back to your old lifestyle. A Healthy Lifestyle is a change in your lifestyle and it is meant to be permanent. So as you ease out of your habit of drinking 5 or 6 sodas per day, and slowly you're not drinking them at all, it does not mean that you will pick up that habit again later. Some foods will become rare treats, to be enjoyed in small quantities maybe once a month, maybe only once a year. It sounds harsh, but it's really not. Many people say that when they have been away from sweets, as an example, they really do not have the craving any longer.

Look for the positive in your life! Is your pants size smaller than last year? That's a positive!

Do you scan a menu at a restaurant and automatically know the best things for you to order? That's a positive!

Does your body look forward to it's daily walk or workout? That's a positive!

It is a good feeling to look at yourself in the mirror and realize that slim/trim figure is YOU! That's a big positive!

And if you'll look back at your attitude and personality changes that have taken place that is a positive!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAE_HENNINGTON1 9/27/2013 5:57PM

  emoticon it is all good

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TOVEYTWIRL 9/18/2013 1:02AM

    You,ve got it down to a T emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 9/17/2013 9:46PM

    You are so right. You have all the right answers. And you probably described most of us here. emoticon for the reminder. I hope your having a healthy week. ((Hugs))

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JRRING 9/16/2013 8:43AM


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CATLADY52 9/15/2013 4:39PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Staying positive is hard to do at times. But we just have to brush off the negativity in our lives and don't look back.

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RENATA144 9/15/2013 12:10PM

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    Great post

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SEATTLE58ANEW 9/14/2013 9:26AM

    Thank you for this and the good reminder that there are alot of positives in my life. I was one that was so gung-ho in the beginning of SP and then fizzled out after losing so much weight and plateaued forever and ever! Because of perservering and tracking and tracking, I'm going down in weight once again! Thanks again for the positive reminders! emoticon

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/13/2013 4:51PM

    Thanks for reminding us to look out the positives. It's coming up to a year since I began my journey afresh and a lot has changed for me since then - all good. Have a great weekend. emoticon emoticon

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BESCATS 9/12/2013 12:09PM

    A good reminder for all of us. emoticon

Even after you have reached your goal, it is just as difficult to "maintain". I know, I have been trying to maintain for over a year. It is HARD!!

I do "cheat" sometimes, and when I do I gain weight. BUT, there are times when I stay within calorie range (like now) that I ALSO gain weight. I am still learning not to beat myself up when that happens.

Eve, thanks for the great blog. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/12/2013 12:01PM

    t blog!!!! You are soooo right!!! I've been on the site WAY longer than I should have been to make much difference in my actual weight, but I think it took me a long time to digest all the info and make some really slow to take hold changes! I've been doing quite well with it, now. Thanks to Chef Meg's recipes and moving every day, I'm making great progress!!
Thanks for this fabulous blog! It tells it like it is......a life-style change. Permanent! It's great!! (((HUGS)))

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/12/2013 8:57AM

    Thank you for the encouragement! :) emoticon

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LAC936 9/12/2013 8:28AM

    emoticon for encouragement

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/12/2013 8:09AM

    emoticon Blog I keep putting myself down but for 4 years I have held my own been up and down 5 pounds but never to much over that so need to get back to a new way of thinking thanks for the positive words

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MEEZERMOM2 9/12/2013 7:24AM

    Thanks, I needed to hear this, since I am still gaining & was getting a bit "down" over it!

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ARTJAC 9/12/2013 5:54AM

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TRISTAROSE 9/12/2013 5:31AM

    Positive thinking works wonders!

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SKATER787 9/12/2013 12:11AM

    A lot of times we just don't know any better. I've heard people talking no-grains even before I joined SP, but I just didn't get it. We've been taught that it's part of a healthy diet. How bad could it be since everybody is eating the so called normal food?

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DALID414 9/12/2013 12:08AM

    It is all positive! emoticon

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