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Instead of "Giving Up" try "Slowing Down"

Sunday, April 06, 2014

2013 was a harsh year for me. We all have them, and sometimes we can snap back and stay focused. Other times, it's just one too many things and we don't snap back; we lay down and feel defeated.

When you feel like that instead of giving up completely; try to continue doing some small thing, anything! In other words SLOW DOWN. It's like binging. If you are able to stop yourself from eating the whole bag of cookies or chips, maybe stopping after 4 or 5, it's still something that you have accomplished. Although you caused some bits of damage with however many you did eat, you can pat yourself on the back. You just took your first Baby Step! emoticon

Treat each day as though it is emoticon because we are always on our best behavior on Day 1. As we get into a routine and things don't seem as exciting, or we don't see the results like we did in the beginning, it is much easier to talk ourselves into slacking off. So pretend each Day is DAY 1. Eliminate the words START OVER from your vocabulary because when you say that it's like saying you failed before, but now you are ready to try again. Instead think of it as having a short time when you needed to slow down a bit, and gradually increase your activity until you are back to your original pace. Slow down any time you feel overwhelmed. I believe that the simple act of slowing down will prevent "falling off the wagon" because without any pressure, you will not be tempted to do something rash. I'm not encouraging you to procrastinate by this statement. I am not saying don't do it. I am not saying it's OK to just wait and do it later, or tomorrow. By slowing down, instead of walking the 2 miles you usually do, just slow it down, do a mile, or at least go around the block. But DO NOT QUIT. Quitting and slowing down are two different things.

Keep this up and you will suddenly find yourself in maintenance instead of losing!
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HADAMIREYA 5/2/2014 6:23PM

    eXCELLENT IDEA!

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DEBSZOO74 4/7/2014 2:11AM

    Great blog! I'm glad I came across it. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 4/6/2014 8:30PM

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Thanks for this encouragement. Wise words.

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CATLADY52 4/6/2014 4:43PM

    Something we all have to do every once in a while. Stop to smell the roses. emoticon

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DALID414 4/6/2014 3:39PM

    Slow and steady...

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LIS193 4/6/2014 12:50PM

    Such a wonderful uplifting and inspirational blog!!
Thank you for posting this!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/6/2014 10:06AM

    What an awesome message in your blog emoticon emoticon
This is why I love the quote, "As each new day dawns, I make an healthy new start" or should I say a "healthy day 1"
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STILLFLYIN 4/6/2014 9:37AM

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YOYONOMORE1 4/6/2014 9:32AM

    Good thoughts in your blog. Have a blessed day!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/6/2014 7:34AM

    I absolutely agree.

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TRISTAROSE 4/6/2014 6:42AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/6/2014 6:41AM

    I slowed down to much but back on track soon this is a great blog thanks for sharing
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ARTJAC 4/6/2014 1:24AM

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SKATER787 4/6/2014 1:11AM

    Chips or cookies? Wrong food in the house. It's a losing game trying to control oneself. Better not to have them, or dump water into the bag and garbage disposal it immediately. Also get whole watermelon and allow oneself to binge on that instead or a bunch of apples would work too.

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KESTRYLL 4/6/2014 12:36AM

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