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well shake the dust off, don't spend time beat yourself up. Deep breath; access your goals, and begin again.

"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping-stones out of stumbling blocks." -- Jack Penn


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yup never give up

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Kind of like the tortoise and the hare analogy.



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you fell off just do it again

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Admitting you went off track, and asking for help is a great first start! Don't beat yourself up, just go back to the healthy habits you can do and go from there. No one is perfect!



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Acknowledge you fell off the wagon, and just go back to tracking as usual. If you do extra exercise or eat less, it's like a punishment for doing 'wrong' instead of allowing yourself to know that actually, you're human and sometimes you slip up. We all do it-I've just done it tonight! You can get back on track and not let this beat you

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You have already begun the process of getting back on by acknowledging you fell off. You can do this!

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JetB sorry to hear about your illness. Hope you are now better. Good luck on getting back with the exercise program.



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Great advice everyone. I am also in a "fell off the wagon" situation.... I have recently recovered from being sick for almost eight weeks, which meant going from exercising 5 days a week to being bed ridden for 2 months. I went from cooking healthy meals to eating whatever take out my husband brought home or what friends and family brought by when they visited. The result? I have gained 10 lbs in two months!!!!!! I feel defeated and depressed, but I know there is only one way to change my outlook....get back to the lifestyle that makes me feel truly good about myself. Thanks for the posts.

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just do it very slowly

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I've heard everyone say that the most important thing about falling off the wagon, is to get back on.

But really, focusing on 'slow and steady' is very helpful. Weightloss does not happen in one night, or even over just one week. It is a slow and steady process, so out performance is bound to have peaks and valleys. Just roll with the punches, and be sure to get back to your routine as soon as possible. ;-) emoticon

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just go on

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One day doesn't break your record. You can pick yourself up and get back on track. You do not have to start all over again. Just believe in yourself and get going back on track!



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I am trying hard to cut myself some slack instead of scolding myself. What's done is done. Instead of throwing in the towel, I am just going to resume a healthy lifestyle. That's the sensible thing to do.

Thank you for the support.

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MUSHCAT,

Even though you've been with Spark People for a long time, I'm going to give you a piece of advice that I give to all new members because I believe it will help you. "Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, you don't have to be perfect to be healthy. a night time snack CAN be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion.

Also, you have to consider why you're snacking at night. Are you eating enough during the day ? If you're not eating enough during the day, that will cause a person to be ravenous during the evening. So, do make sure you're eating plenty of healthy foods that nourish your body so that you don't feel hungry later.

And if you do feel hungry, it IS okay to have a snack. just try to have something healthy and if you do want a cookie, just be mindful of the portion.

Weight loss and good health are not "all or nothing". every little bit does make a difference.



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After many months of consistent good diet and exercise, I have started bad night snacking again. How come I never manage to make it to goal weight before going down the gratification and self-medicating with food path? I keep losing and regaining the same 20 or so pounds, without conquering the last 10 pounds.

Weight loss is so hard I swear that I will never regain the weight...and then I have health issues and slack off on exercising and start stress eating....

I am NOT too far gone yet...HELP!

Happy Days come from a limitless well I can drink from whenever I choose - Petra Van Baar

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I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed. - Michael Combs

Wishing you love, peace, joy, and blessings, Judi



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track what you ate, try not to feel guilty (as it does no good) and move on to tomorrow.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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just move on

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Nutrition tracking is essential. It helps you keep score during the game!



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okay i would start over with fast break goals

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Just start tracking. No matter what you are eating start writing it down. Set some easy to accomplish goals and move on from there. Good luck

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agree about water & snacks but just pick up & go on

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Though I certainly agree with everyone--just pick back up where you left off--I do have some specifics actions that I take after a few days (weeks) of overindulging:

1)Drink lots of water. For a few days I try to drink as much water as I can, and skip other beverages. Often you feel bloated and yucky after a few days of overdoing it with food and alcohol, and the water helps get rid of any lingering puffiness (not real weight, I know, but it helps me mentally).

2)Keep snacks with me at all time. When I fall off the wagon, it's usually because I started snacking all day long again. Once back on track, I find myself getting the munchies much more often than usual for the first few days. So I have a small apple and a 100-calorie granola bar in my purse. If I get super-antsy to eat something, yet I know it's not real hunger, I can eat one or both of my snacks without going crazy. Sometimes a glass of water just doesn't cut it. :)



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Continue to make positive changes and positive behaviors,



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Just consistently do one healthy thing(walk 30 minutes, no junk food, eat 5 fruits and vegetables, track your food etc) for one week.



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Sparkpeople is just a series of programs. It still requires individual willpower and discipline. Good luck everyone, its quite a challenge. Not only in the past, but for every day in the future.



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Been off way too long, not late night snacking!!

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Had that very problem last winter (which is a hard season for me anyway), and come spring/summer, it took me FOREVER to get back on track. Now, I believe, I had learned the secret. Put the past behind you and start fresh - NOW - take baby steps if you need to, but there is no better time to get back on track. The longer you wait, the harder it will be!

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Set a day to get back on track, like tomorrow? Does not have to be on a Monday. Plan ahead, make sure you have the right food in your house and your gym bag packed. When you have a plan it's simple to get back on track. Good luck!



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awesome advice

I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.


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The easiest way to get back on track is to use the tools provided by SP.
Try the meal plan and daily exercise emails for aweek.
You will see a difference and get motivated to do it Again!!
Good luck and enjoy the journey!!!

Carve out what is most important to you first, then allocate your day to others! I promise you and they will be better for this decision!!


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I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.


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Love this idea too, "Every day a new start" emoticon



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I wait until the next time that I feel hungry (physiologically) and then just eat a small healthy meal. From then on I continue and I'm back on track.

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When I overindulge and I do now and then I just get right back on track. You can't make up for it but like some said just go forward because it does happen and is going to happen

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What a timely topic for me to read! I've just spent the past three weeks under an amazing amount of stress, both at work and at home - and all my good habits went out the window. Well, it's time to close the window and get back down to seriousness. I see the doc in a month's time and I want to reach my short-term goal weight - which is now 3 pounds further away than it was a couple of weeks ago!!!! The best way to get back on? Every day is a new start. EVERY DAY I have to make the conscious decision that I am going to make healthy choices because I plan to stick around for a long, long time!

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This is for FORTHELOVEOFDOLLS.. I have the same problem with my DH of 34 years, he continues to bring home donuts, cookies, etc. If you can possibly find the space.. this is my solution.. I gave him his own cabinet in the kitchen, when he brings home the 'goodies' I throw them in there, I don't have to open it for any other reason. Even a breadbox on the counter helps.

Be sure to stock "your cabinet" with good alternatives. A couple of squares of good dark chocolate has saved me more than once.

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I love the pitstop idea, just get back on the next wagon. Finally I have realized you have to find your own motivation. SP is one great place to look for it. I find that logging all my trackers every day is a good place to start.. then while your on the site it's easy to visit all the features that support your decision to live a healthier lifestyle. Remember it's a journey, and all aspects are evolving every day, so try to find ways to 'shake it up' explore new foods, new places and new ways to exercise.

Last year I asked my 85 yr old Uncle his secret to youthfulness, he said "It's so simple, just get up and do something fun every day"

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What a good topic and I appreciate some of the good pieces of advice that I can use next time I stray from my plan. Tools in my belt to continue this lifestyle adjustment.

~Jessie~

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So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
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You can do it. You have to push yourself until you get in the groove. It will come to you. You need to believe in yourself and move on. BELIEVE BELIEVE BELIEVE emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.


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I went on a weeks vacation last week, ate healthy walked for 45mins to 1 hour each day. Came back feeling really healthy, but I just cant find the momentum to continue on track now that I am home. Its usually the other way around. emoticon



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Great discussion on this thread. I'm just starting back on track - brand new with SparkPeople. I am really starting to love this site.

I have started jotting down my long-term, mid-term and short-term goals. Then I make daily or weekly fast break goals. I am determined to read them and DO them everyday.

I know THIS time, I can lose weight.

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Start where you left off and regroup. Believe in yourself. You are the only one who can do this with a little encouragement from family and friends. Oh and don't forget the SPARK PEOPLE FRIENDS, We are here for you.

I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.


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workout with a friend or group.



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Just decide. Finding a buddy to help keep each other on track is good, too. : )

I think it makes more sense to focus on the change in behavior, rather than the result (as a goal), because the result will occur with the accomplishment of the behavioral goal. (Do I sound like I'm on the Big Bang Theory?)

Kaizen: Small, continuous improvements.

I'M BRINGING SEXY BACK! I don't know where it went. Where do those lost pounds go? Is it the same place as the socks missing from the drier?


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I have been on a plateau for a year. In that time I have regain about 13#. I am working with my Dr. in changing some meds around as I think the lack of weight loss is part meds and part continuing to have pain that I can't seem to work around. Hoping this change and going south for the winter where there is 2 pools and good exercise programs as well as good equipment may help jump start me again!!
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10/16/12 8:47 P

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Right now am off the wagon with three weeks in a row gains not big ones but still gains
The big thing have not been doing and that is portion control
Been walking our dogs six days a week and guess thought that exercise would take care of the extra food was eating BIG MISTAKE
Taking one day at a time




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10/16/12 8:34 P

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The only way is to simply continue on and do better.


I did my best today, tomorrow I will do even better.


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I agree with everyone, you may get sidetracked or take a detour, but you have to just take a breath and start back on your path. I know I have taken detours and am currently back to getting on track, I believe you can have things in moderation, and I also know what I CANNOT have around me. SP has helped, I really like the support that I get, and to know I am not the only one who is going through issues. emoticon and I will emoticon



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10/16/12 7:28 P

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I found this message board just at the right time. I was trying to kick myself for choices I have been making lately but that hasn't been helping one bit. I am going to take just a few baby steps to get back on the healthy track again. Thanks for all the great posts.
They are very encouraging for me right now.


At the end of the day, be able to look back and say "I did my best today."

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10/16/12 5:25 P

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Been there, done that... I spent eight months being so healthy and disciplined.. and then had a perfectly awful month.... and I'm not sure why, since I thoroughly enjoyed being healthy! Maybe fatigue and the usual stressors. What is wonderful however, is that I am back and it's already feeling better and I have the power to make good decisions without beating myself up. In past iterations, once I've fallen I didn't bounce back.. so here's to growth!

I read all the entries here with great interest and found strength in them. Thanks!

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10/16/12 4:01 P

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I will admit I do fall off the wagon many of times and I always feel so guiltily of doing that but you just have to dust yourself off and do it again and try not to do any more mistakes. And try to remember why you are doing this for is it yourself, is it your family, and is it your health and when you remember why you want to stick to it and ever want to fall off that wagon again. Good Luck friends and I hope this will help you and be success in your weight lost journey. Your  emoticon Jennifer emoticon

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if you think that you didn't really fall off the wagon it helps :) I pretend like the wagon just took a pit stop, but it'll be leaving again the next morning, so I better be ready to go!

There is no elevator success; you have to take the stairs.


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10/16/12 1:44 P

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Love the last idea of restarting every morning... do the best you can... every day is a new start.

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For me alcohol totally melts away my resolve. I can't drink alcohol and be svelte!
Also I don't wait for Monday, the weekend or the New Year. I start over every morning with a healthy, clean breakfast. One habit at a time.

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Recommit and reach out for support from SP members. Also, chew slowly.

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As you go through the day today, ask yourself this question: What's right? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled. ~ Geneen Roth

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

"When we enter a state of mindful attention, the present moment, the now, eases open. And when it does, life pours in."
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10/16/12 11:45 A

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This morning I chose to throw out the cookies. My husband continues to bring in junk that temps me. Somehow I have to stay away from those.

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I WILL SUCCEED BECAUSE I KNOW I CAN DO IT AND I AM MOTIVATED.


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10/16/12 10:54 A

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Thanks for the important words of wisdom. I need it right now. I am looking forward and not back, only with my eye on what is next. I will keep this sight on my mind when I go thru the day.
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Keep pushing, try, try, try again.



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10/16/12 10:50 A

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If you think of this as a journey or a path, you can never "get off" you can only get side tracked.

Take life one day at a time; tell yourself in the morning that you're going to stay on the path today and then pat yourself on the back at the end of the day when you've accomplished anything. Most important, as everyone is pointing out - please don't beat yourself up for detouring. Everyone detours and the successful ones just get back to their path when they are done with the detour.

You can be successful and we're all right here pulling for you!



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10/16/12 10:06 A

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just start again............and again until you get it............never ever give up.........


“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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Just do it! Do not expect perfection of yourself. So you backslid. As long as you go forward more than you go back, you win! emoticon

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Exercise, eat, track, repeat!!



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10/16/12 8:26 A

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Set a small short term goal. Once you get back in the groove, it gets easier.



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Start small.



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Set a goal (something doable) and reward yourself when you do it. Maybe you will give yourself stickers on the calendar for every day that you workout for 30+ minutes. After so many stickers (say 10), reward yourself with something you want or something that will motivate you.

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

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Take it in stride...

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Been really off the wagon. After major weight loss everything started climbing back. Today is a new Hebrew month and am celebrating Rosh Chodesh by exercise and proper food plan.

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Agree about a 'start over' - reset settings and begin anew!



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I agree you can't "make it up", just restart the program. Use the Fitness & Nutrition trackers and you'll be back on track in no time.

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Don't go beating yourself up because you had the cheek to celebrate your husband's and son's birthdays - I hope that you enjoyed them :-) I know that you fell off the wagon for a while, but just forget about that and start again. No need to starve yourself to 'catch up' and in fact, it is strongly recommended that you DON'T do that. I wouldn't even go and do a ton extra exercise - just do what you normally would do with that regard and start again. This isn't a deprivation - it is merely a healthy lifestyle. There are going to be times in your life where someone's birthday, or wedding, or whatever, happens. Just try to make the best choices most of those times, and forget the rest - unless they are happening every other day which I very much doubt!

I actually often suggest that people allow one day per every two weeks to eat whatever they want. This helps to prevent the feelings of deprivation and boredom. It also allows you to enjoy a social life. I practice what I preach, so know that it DOES work! BUT the rest of the time I am within my range - generally slightly toward the lower end to accommodate it. I keep a spreadsheet with my daily calorie totals. I average them every once in a while. Because of this I KNOW that at 1600 calories I can maintain - over and I will start to gain slightly, and under I will lose slightly. I reached my goal a long time ago, but still use the tracker daily to ensure that I don't regain.

I am wondering if you have just started this journey - you don't' have a SparkPage so I could check. If you are new to this, it may be that you have changed lots of things all at once. It is recommended that you use Baby Steps - this means that you only change one or two things to start with and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. This makes it much easier to reach our goals and to maintain because we are learning a healthy lifestyle and not getting there by deprivation.

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Always have a Plan B in place. With food, I have fresh veggies to eat. With exercise, I just get out for a walk. The best thing for me is that I'll plan my indulgences and then I don't feel like I'm cheating.



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I do basically what CHESAPEAKE does; rather than trying to starve myself or exercise extra hard to "make up" for my binge/excess, I just get back on plan. I don't call it, or even think of it as, "RE-STARTING." To me, saying I have to start again means that I stopped, and that I failed, and I know that isn't true.

Even at my worst, lowest, most difficult times, I've done better
overall since finding SparkPeople than I did before. emoticon

For me, far more important than my physical choices (like food, exercise and sleep) is my state of mind. No matter what I manage to accomplish, if my emotional health is fragile, I won't be able to sustain it. Turning to my Spark teams and friends for support helps; but even when I don't feel up to reaching out, writing in my private journal or reading on Spark gives me back a sense of control.

Actually, "CONTROL" isn't the right word... It helps me to steady myself, and calms my panic; which gives me the strength to LET GO, and accept what Life is throwing my way! Sometimes all I can do to turn my downward spiral is one small step - for example, taking a shower, or going to bed - but even one act can give me the break I need to keep going.

You posted here, which means you came on Spark, and asked for advice, so already you are taking steps to get back on track. Above all: NO GUILT. Just do what you can now, and realize it's your long term progress that counts. In the movie, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," the young owner's philosophy of life is this:

"Everything will be alright in the end; so if it is not alright, it is not yet the end."

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Great comments all. Thanks for the positive support. Gotta get my water in today. I think I'll feel much better then.

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The best way to get back on the wagon is to jump without looking back!



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Great postings! I am struggling with this myself today. Thanks for the reminder that tomorrow is a new day and i can shake the dust off my feet and start over.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Lord than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. Psalm 84:10-11


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JUSTBEATGENO,

Don't beat yourself up because you ate and drank more than you wanted. One less than perfect day of eating or even weekend, DOES NOT make or break a healthy lifestyle. Put that behind you. You ate the food. You log the food. You move on. Do your best to eat more mindfully now. Try to watch your portions. Do your best to eat more servings of fresh fruit and veggies. drink plenty of water.

Why not set some simple goals ? Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you haven't been drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you haven't been exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Start with some simple changes you CAN stick with. No all or nothing. One small change is all it takes to change your life.




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I've done this so many times. The key is to just dust yourself off and keep going like it never happened, and be mindful so that it doesn't happen again.
I still over eat these days, but the difference is the amount I over eat is way different than when I was 330 pounds. You can do this! It's one of those "suck it up" moments...you just gotta deal with it, and move on.


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Nothing "makes up" for a couple bad days. Just keep going forward. Otherwise you are looking at negative reactions every single time you do something "bad". It isn't bad to slip up now and then and you shouldn't "punish" yourself for doing so. :)

Either pick up where you left off or if you are having motivation issues start from the beginning doing some baby steps (drink your water, walk 1/2 hour) and build back up from there.



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When I fall off, I just start over where I left off. The numbers will be different but if what you were doing before worked, no point in changing it. Statr as if you didnt stop. Sometimes catching up will put you off.




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Great point. Thanks Chesapeake. I guess "not doing anything extreme" is what made me feel so good in the first place, and makes me miss how I felt last week so badly (I've never missed the times I starved myself or worked out to an insane level). Ok -- just go back on track. Thanks!

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For me best thing is to just get back on program. A few days of healthy choices gets me back to feeling good about myself. If I try to "play catch up" by increasing exercise or eating less than normal it just ends up back firing and I am likely to over eat in response.

In the grand scheme of things a bad weekend or two is not going to upset a healthy lifestyle - unless you let it. It is getting back on track that works.....



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This weekend was son's and husband's birthday parties. I did pretty good until the adult beverages started flowing, and somehow, that turned into days of not tracking or exercising. I definitely DO NOT like how I feel and need to get immediately back on track.

Would love your best tips, please, for getting back. Do you add an extra exercise session? Cut out sweets? Any tips and tricks for shedding a couple days of "off track" and getting back to feeling as great as I did on Friday would be awesome!!

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