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Baby steps - small, realistic goals
shake it off and start fresh - we have all been there



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Gotta figure that out for myself.



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I am feeling this way today. So many stress inducing situations in the last few days that I don't feel "on track." I won't call it falling off the wagon, more like being launched off the seat by a big bump in the road, and hanging off the side for dear life! I am using my powers of resolve to claw my way back up - mainly focusing on all the progress I have made in the last six months. I am not willing to let myself down.

I deserve my best effort. We all do!



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Start with positive talk to yourself, you can do it. Read an inspiring story on spark people. Don't put off until tomorrow because tomorrow never comes. I am always starting over but I start and that is the key "start". Talk to someone, make a list of pro's and con's. There is always a way to get on track if you set your mind to it, be a doer.

God sees the heart. What do you see? Inspire others to see the good in another person and make our world a better place to live. What have you done for someone today? Pass the Spark!


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So many times when I have 'fallen off the wagon' I tell myself that I'll start again tomorrow, and then spend the rest of the day over-eating and not exercising. Then, when tomorrow comes, I'm very likely to start off with an unhealthy breakfast, and tell myself that I'll start being good tomorrow. And the days go on like that.

What I've learned is better to do is to get back on right when you fall off so that you can't use the excuse of having fallen off to do lots of extra over-eating. If you started the day with too many calories, eat salads for lunch and dinner. If you were good all day, but then couldn't resist the ice cream in the freezer before bed, start the next day with a light, healthy breakfast. Think of your indulgence as a pre-emptive award for the healthy eating you're about to do. :)





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"Don't stop trying just because you hit a wall. Progress is progress no matter how small!"

I gained it one pound at a time, I'll lose it the same way.


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"Don't stop trying just because you hit a wall! Progress is progress no matter how small!"

I gained it one pound at a time, I'll lose it the same way.


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feeling down and a little sad. Hard to get back on track and feel that so many
obstacles are against us.

I pray that God will send his blessings upon our family and give us love,
guidance and strength.


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always just try one more time.
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Lay out your workout clothes, go shopping for good foods, get out your measuring cups and spoons, and read about people in the process of making their lives better!

LET'S DO THIS!


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Sometimes you just gotta push yourself to get going, after the first push it just comes natural.



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I took a few days to clean out my kitchen, meanwhile....started reading blogs on SP, got a food and exercise plan in order and made the next Sunday my day to start. All I did was make that Sunday a priority and just wanted to make it through the day. Monday was easier. Make a commitment just to make it through each day. You will see as each day passes, you'll be looking forward to the next day.
Don't give up....remember....this is a life change....not a temporary diet. Diets (the word diet) doesn't work. When you make this kind of change and adapt to it each day this is called a life change.
Keep checking into SP....we have all the encouragement one could possibly need! Find a buddy if you can but if they don't work out....change them too!!

ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN


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Today did not go as planned it is over it is passed cannot be changed
Get positive and make tomorrow better one day at a time
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7/24/14 1:13 A

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I have just moved to hot AZ. I have a pool in my back yard and I am now in it often, I drink smoothie often. I am eating a lot of salads and drinkng a lots of water everyday, I am eating healthier..

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7/22/14 11:35 A

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Stop and think what you want to do. Make a plan and just go DAY by DAY.

I got myself a Garmin step counter and make sure I surpass the daily goal, drink water and eat well. I do cheat once in a while, but that's part of it. You shouldn't deprive yoursef cus when you finally get a taste you end up eating a whole pint of ice cream lol.

Good luck!

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would you join a group? it will help keep you accountable.



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Make and eating plan and stick to it.



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TRACK YOUR FOOD! That's the first step I take when I'm trying to pull myself off a binge. Put it in writing, look at your totals, and work to balance your nutrients - from the first moment you vow to be back on track, and every meal/snack after. Be accountable to yourself, for giving your body the food it needs to be healthy. Use whatever affirmations work for you - one that helps me make better choices and say "no" is: "FOOD IS FUEL!"




Edited by: MIMAWELIZABETH at: 7/14/2014 (05:34)

My son Scott's memorial:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AopgOKaOUwY

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy.
I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm,
but how to dance in the rain."


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7/12/14 2:47 P

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emoticon check the clock- now give it ten minutes
check the clock again.
okay, is it done? (A) If so I'm back on track
-or (B) I'm not done done yet - try again in an hour


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7/10/14 5:30 P

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I am getting back on track after gaining a pound while on vacation. I had to get to the grocery store to stock up on my staples. I had to set out my measuring spoons and cups. My Sparktracker started working again, so that was a plus. I am back to a regular sleep and eating pattern- I loved my vacation but with the people I was with it was go,go,go, so i was going on not a lot of sleep and eating at odd times, and eating stuff that I usually avoid. I treat a vacation like the holidays- once it's dec 26 or Feb 15 or whatever, all the "holiday" food gets given away or tossed and i get back to regular eating. Once back from vacation I get to the store ASAP and "reset."

LET'S DO THIS!


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7/7/14 12:12 P

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Sometimes I wish it was a little easier but I just keep putting one foot in front of the other! Have a great exercise Monday!!!

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7/4/14 11:14 P

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Yes, we are our own worst enemies. Trying to get on track.



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all good ideas here. I'm having a hard time getting on track also.. i guess we are our
worse enemies at times. :-(

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Just start and stop beating yourself up for getting off. Nothing will get done until you start.

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Happy July 4th!

BELIEVE
Tomorrow never comes, so enjoy today!
You have come to far, to be controlled by a cookie!
The first step to resisting temptation is wanting to!
Let us give thanks this month and each day.


 
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If your clothes are looser but the scales are staying the same, it will take time. You are making more muscle which will burn more calories, but which also weighs more than fat.

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I needed to hear all this too. thank you. my problem is that i've hired a personal trainer and now uppted him to twice a week. try to do elliptical at least 2 times a week besides that. i am logging food (my fitness pal as my trainer can see it on there) and i'm still not losing. the gym scale thing he uses says i've lost some fat weight and gained some muscle composition but its not showing where we can see it (clothes or my regular scale). i just dont know why. i try to be good eating out and i try to watch the rest of the day (we eat out a lot an i know thats bad but i am careful to get veggies cooked plain and sauces either none or on side and stuff) and i account for calories etc but i dont know why nothing is moving....

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I needed to hear all of this. Thanx



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Thanks for all the encouragement and great ideas to stay on track. I really need to get to that 3 week mark of not eating sugar.. hopefully I will stop the cravings..

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I do the exact same thing!! I enjoy the emails from Spark they motivate me and get me going! Thank you! emoticon

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Exercise first thing in the am is huge on making better food choices for the day!



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“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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I agree-getting back to SP gets me back on track.

I can do it with your help!


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I carry a portion controlled dried fruit and nuts. Plus water,



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Little bags of cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, celery stalks .... these help me stay on track in the warmer months of summer!

God never ignores knee-mail!

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Whenever I feel "off track" I log into SparkPeople. I read a blog, post some thoughts on a message board or watch an inspirational video on the Daily Spark. Oftentimes, just spending a few minutes on Spark will inspire me to exercise (even when I don't feel like it) just so I can log those minutes or miles.
It is so easy to get off-track. Hang in there and just keep moving forward One Day at a Time.




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Summer is taking it's toll on me, my blood pressure is up and playing golf leaves me a little weak. Trying to get myself together with the right snacks and keeping my salt under control. It seems like I crave salt in the summer. If any one can give me some good ideas as to what to take on these excursions, I would welcome them.



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Just know that today (any day) is the Monday you were waiting for to start again. emoticon

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Just do it.

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Dont beat up on yourself and go from overeating to guilty to more overeating. You got off track? Figure it happens and start tracking your food and paying attention to portion size and eating healthy.



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Tiny steps to big rewards.



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start again tomorrow morning - new day - fresh start!

There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

You can take the girl out of London, but - thank goodness - you can't take London out of the girl.


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Stop, regroup and move forward

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

Never give up what you want the MOST for what you want at the MOMENT!


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Don't give up. Pick an easy thing to do tomorrow, and be kind to yourself. We all fall off sometimes, but that's ok. Tomorrow is a new day. And you had the courage to post something, which is a goal itself and a step in the right direction. A lot of us care about how you're doing !

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I write/read my statements about why I want to lose weight and progress made to-date. Then I get back on track with eating correctly and then add in the exercise.

I like many of the suggestions offered on this topic. I'm going to use some of them moving forward.

I love sparkpeople. Its such a great resource.

Being overweight is hard.
Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining your weight is hard.

Choose your hard.


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One step at a time will get you to your destination so just keep on keeping on

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I joined the team called "100 Days To A New You" and swore off sweets for 100 days to help get me back on track. It worked - I'm 26 days into the program and have lost 5 lbs. after getting back to my basic losing food plan. Always use Nutrition Tracker!


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Good Luck and I know you can"get back into the Groove" !


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Just make up your mind and do it. Did I say it would be easy-No.

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I a completely off and under the wagon now. Sometimes, it seems just too much. I will pull myself off the road and get back tomorrow.

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Get back to tracking everything, and cut sugar completely out of my diet (and don't replace it with artificial sweeteners!). I only seem to be able control my binges when I avoid sugar like the plague. As long as I'm eating sweet, sugary snacks that is all I want. It seems to take me about 3 weeks to break the habit once I've succumbed to the sugar beast.

"I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety." (Psalm 18:1-2, NLT)


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Read "French Women Don't Get Fat," and follow the advice. It's all about balance!

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For me, if I have lost my way, I get right back on track by tracking my nutrition, and making sure I track my exercise! For instance last week I was traveling and I am not a good Sparkpeople traveler. I did log everything but I did not make good choices MOST of the time! So when I got to my sister's I ate out a few times and had what I wanted but made sure I stayed within my calorie range. I got back to the gym and feel so much better about myself! Like everyone else at one time or another I let life interfere with my plan but I did get back on track!

Susie South Central WI
“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
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Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
When you break down goals into smaller steps, it isn't even that hard. All you have to do is say "yes" to the right thing!



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I have had a hard time getting back on track. I did so well for a long time and had lost 90 lbs but after having breast cancer and treatment I can't seem to get my "groove" back. I can't get back into the mindset that I need to make the right decisions and that I don't need to have it everything that tastes yummy. I tend to feel sorry for myself if I can't have it. Well I decided yesterday to start a Streak. So today is day two on my On Track Streak. I am going to keep adding up the days. Doing my blog about that.

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Jan 1st 2015 - goal Onederland !!!**************************** One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar!


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6/24/14 3:14 P

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Back to basics, that's what works for me. Track what I'm eating and how much I'm moving. Try new exercises or activities. Find new recipes or food products. And I'm starting now!!!

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6/24/14 1:33 P

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I'm in the same spot. Just enjoyed a long weekend at the cape, and now I've put on 4 lbs. I'm consuming As much produce as I can!

It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
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Hi,

I am just back from a vacation and I cannot get back on track! Would really like some accountability and lose 10 pounds. Can I join?

Thanks

Nicky Cooney

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My evenings can be my downfall so when I'm thinking I need something to nibble I ask my self these questions (and try to be honest in my answers) - Am I hungry? Am I thirsty? Am I angry or frustrated? Am I tired? Then I try to act according to my answer. I find it had to be a conscious thought before I move. Having lots of cut up veggies in the fridge helps, too!

You are stronger than you think and braver than you believe!


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6/24/14 11:43 A

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I track every bite on sparkpeople - amazing how having to log that bite makes you think about eating it! And all those little bites add up fast as they are usually not the healthiest.



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6/24/14 10:54 A

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Decide what you REALLY want when you are thinking clearly, decide on a routine that you can live with, then commit to it and (this is the important part) "JUST DI IT"

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6/24/14 10:51 A

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I need to keep these in mind too, I'm constantly getting derailed!

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6/24/14 10:50 A

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Hi Everyone,

I'm a member of the SparkTeam called The 10 Pound Challenge. At the moment it is a small team with a few members that did the eDiets Life's Odyssey Challenge together a few years ago. We have based our current challenge on that one because it was very successful for us. We have a checklist of items that we do each day and earn points for (CathyNoTime, it was your post that sparked this one - it sounds perfect for you!) and we compete in monthly and daily challenges to improve our diet or increase our exercise. If you are looking for a team, please check us out.

When we get enough members the plan is to split into more than one team to have some friendly competition, so if you are already a member of a team and think that your team would benefit from competing this could be perfect for you, too.







Do it right, or do it again.


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Well I'm SO aggravated with myself! It took me 5 months to lose 5 lbs, but only one week of vacation to gain them back! emoticon And of course, last night I had every excuse imaginable: my back hurt, I couldn't find the mp3 player, the washing machine malfunctioned, etc. My meals were pretty healthy but I did indulge in some higher-cal chocolate because of the backache. Well, today I WILL do better! Today's meals will be both healthy AND portioned controlled; the chocolate WILL be the lower cal snacks I buy for just that reason, and I WILL plug in the DVD player & do some pilates tonight for my back! Then tomorrow, if I still haven't found the mp3 player I'll load some tunes on my phone, yeah, just got a smartphone and need to learn how to do that emoticon



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6/24/14 10:31 A

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I stop thinking and talking about exercise and just do it. I exercise 1st thing in the morning but I also prepare my gear and mp3 player at night so it's fool-proof.

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6/24/14 10:29 A

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Dear Norsiec, You are worth the effort! It's really tough dealing with our weight, especially if it has been an issue for years. Some times there is a lot of emotional baggage that goes along with it, and that can be as big an encumbrance, as the actual weight itself. I know this from experience. Please don't berate yourself, you deserve better health, you deserve the effort it will take, you deserve the time it will take, you deserve trying, really trying, and you deserve to be honest with yourself. This is about you, not about any one else, it is about you being honest and learning how much you actually are eating. This is not a competition, it's about facing your fears, knowing the reality, and being strong enough to change. I am repeating all of this to myself, because it's also my reality check, mine and probably thousands of others. I just want to encourage you, you are worth all the effort it will take to make changes, and to consistently make them part of who you want to be. Healthier, full of energy, unafraid, strong, resilient, proud, truthful! You are a work in progress, I believe you can do this, you are worth it, and so am I! Take care, wishing you much health.

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6/24/14 10:28 A

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I do great until 2:30pm each day when school lets out and I'm finished with work. Only 1/2 the day is,done and I start struggling! When I just saw my SP email and the subject line was: GET BACK ON TRACK THIS SECOND, it was for me. I immediately got out my little mini notebook (primitive form of tracking) and am starting again. --- sometimes I actually input the info. into SP website, and sometimes I just estimate on paper --- . I am trying to be gentle with myself for messing up countless times bingeing and not taking care of myself, but firm too, knowing that this is in the name of good health. It's not like tracking food equals restrictions and punishment. Tracking food allows me to be conscious about what I put into my body consistently so that I can enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I got hung up on the idea that SP IS A DIET and that it wasn't sustainable. But, if it I use SP as an avenue towards a healthy lifestyle, then it doesn't promote the diet mentality. Dieting, in a restrictive way, is self-destructive for me personally. I am bipolar and struggle with black and white thinking. Any time I make mistakes, it takes me awhile to move on. So, my idea for getting back on track is to GET BACK TO TRACKING!!! You can do it, and find so many others who are in you same boat!



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6/24/14 9:39 A

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I do fine all day until the evenings - seems I want to munch (old habit) then. Jello and cool whip helps - carrots are good munching and my new go to snack is cole slaw mixed with light raspberry vinegarette dressing. Lots of crunch!



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Off to a good start this week - 1 Hr on the elliptical 2 days in a row!



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Dear Cathynotme,

Why in the world would you say that anything that works as positive reinforcement be considered childish?! It is true operant conditioning at its best! Be glad that you have found something so "simple" that works for you....celebrate it! When I hear things like this, I envy the simplicity and innocence of a child's soul that can still be seen at your age :-)



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6/24/14 9:25 A

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Are you writting down all your food and using the exercise tracker? Both very good tools





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6/24/14 9:15 A

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I am having the same issue. I lost 35 lbs in 13 months and I was consistently losing each week--I am just very slow at losing weight since I got a bit older. I wanted to lose about 7 more lbs but I just plateaued at that weight and was not able to budge from it but I maintained the 35 lb loss for 16 months. However, since January I have gained 7 lbs. I have been working for a month now to get it off. Exercising and trying to eat right and I am going up and down losing the same 3 lbs and gaining them back. It's very frustrating. I know why I gained it, I just can't seem to lose it, just like I couldn't move off that plateau. Any suggestions or help would be great!

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6/24/14 8:50 A

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My weekends are similar. My dh makes pancakes or waffles or some such that I would normally binge on, so I've started making my own breakfast but still eating with the family. Occasionally I'll have the pancakes, but I feel much more in control of my situation now.
You can do it!



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I like the clarity of your message, and the truth of what you say. Congratulations on your success to date. I am struggling as I basically allowed myself to drop the ball a couple of years ago. NOW....I am extremely unfit in numerous ways and feel exhausted even thinking about the effort required to get back on track. I signed up to sparkpeople on Thursday, last week. My tracking is OK, but not yet thorough as I am finding it difficult to make the changes and embarrassed to or in denial of what my caloric intake really is. I know I am only fooling myself but believe it or not, I am that ashamed. So.....for today, I am happy that I have come here each day, recorded more details than I have in years, take time to learn from various areas of SparkPeople and strive to do better in the days to come. I know it is up to me, I acknowledge that the only person I have to answer to is me, and hope eventually I can be proud of me. Today, I will live by your suggestion and live with the fluctuation of ups and downs as I gradually go in the direction I desire. Thanks again!

I don't think I have the hang how to post yet as I was responding to a message which I assumed would be beneath that message...Sorry

Thank you TOKEEPMYPEACE (Sage) That was who I responded to!

Edited by: STILLMENEWBODY at: 6/24/2014 (08:57)
KEEP ON KEEPING ON! I CAN DO IT!

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6/24/14 8:21 A

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Yesterday I fell for the smoothie coupon I received in the mail for the new WAWA that opened down the street. I make my own smoothies at home so I figured it would be safe. OMGoodness. Was I wrong! I had already consumed the whole thing by the time I got home. I looked it up on the computer. I was floored! This little 12oz Mango, banana smoothie with fat free yogurt had 400 calories and 101 carbs.
I gave the other coupons to my neighbor. This will not happen again. Lesson learned. But is was good and I did enjoy it. But I will make my own from now on!

ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN


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Yesterday was one of those surprise days where unexpected things just happen. Some emotional eating took place...I am not going to lie.
Today I start over and forgive myself. I will never be perfect at this struggle, but I do have to keep trying and logging my food. emoticon



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6/24/14 7:56 A

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Everyday I fight with myself to "do the right thing" Somedays the wrong thing wins, I just have to get back on the wagon the next day



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Try carrot "chips" and greek yogurt flavored with ranch powdered dressing-- my new go-to favorite! emoticon



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thank God for tomorrow. :-)

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Even though my will falters, I am extremely competitive and like to succeed. I've been following the plan for over a year and done okay - 50 pounds plus. However my will is failing so I have resorted to visual rewards. Childish for a person of my advanced age, but it is working! I give myself gold stars pasted on the kitchen calendar. If I make a food plan for the day, one gold star. If I follow the plan, another gold star. If I stick to under 1200 calories and if I exercise, another. I get really anxious to see those gold stars shining back at me. I get competitive with myself.I plan to give myself a big star for every 2 pounds lost. As I said, childish? But, hey, if it works I win. That's all that matters.

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BTW - I have been working hard at trying to lose 7-8 lbs since April and all I do is go up and down. Any suggestions? II log my food and have a fitbit which I usually have between 10,000-15,000 steps daily. NEED help!



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Somehow I need to learn that going camping is not a free for all. I can go up 3 lbs because of the salt and junk food. I usually walk 3-4 miles when I'm there which helps me keep on track. Need to have some healthy snacks ready when others are munching.



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What works for me... and it may not work for you...

My husband bought a digital scale and that really helped. I hated weighing myself because I was guessing. I will keep weighing myself. I quit weighing myself because I could never tell what my weight was. Seeing the ounces move down really motivates me.

The other thing that helped me was the Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge. Finding my calorie range really helped.

I cleaned out my kitchen. Organized things. That made a difference.

I bought reusable water bottles. I may get a water filter soon. I love water now.

I plan my meals weekly. I track my nutrition daily. I hate doing it but it keeps me on track.


Finally,

Exercise. Coach NIcole really helped me. I make a list of what I am going to do and then I post it when I am done. For example:

This is my list for today
10-Minute Pilates Thigh Video~28 calories
12-Minute Pilates Abs Video~34 calories
100-Minute Treadmill 3mph~368 calories
Total Calories Burned: 430
Total Fitness Minutes: 122

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