I hope my experience will help you. My first year at Spark People was the same as you. I worked so hard to be perfect and then I get disappointed when the progress was not fast enough. I literally got stuck at a weight plateau for nearly five months and nothing broke it--not eating more, eating less, exercising more, exercising less. Nothing helped. And then I just gave up and said, well, if this is the best weight I can get to, then so be it. You guessed it, the following week I dropped three pounds. I personally believe your MENTAL ATTITUDE and EMOTIONAL STATE has as much to do with your weight loss as what you do or do not eat or do.
I got within 3 pounds of my all-time weight loss goal, never quite made the magic number but it does not matter to me. I have managed to maintain my weight loss (give or take a swing of 4 pounds up and down) for three years now, which is amazing for me as I could have won a trophy for yo yo dieting.
So, in summary, ease up on yourself, stop obsessing with the number on the scale, if you slip--and we all do--get up and start again with the next meal or the next day. Just keep going. Slow and steady wins the race. You can do this, you really can!
"Try Not. Do. Or do not. There is no try."--Yoda
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