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Thanks everyone for posting! This may just help me also!

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I find that I am really enjoying my new paradigm: I'm excited about doing my exercises and feel great when I finish one of Jessica's videos. I also have so much more energy! There is no looking back, only focusing on how much I can improve going forward. Life is very hectic and so much of it I can not control. My health and fitness are totally in my control and that is where I am focusing my energy. Covey explained it as two circles. The inner circle is your circle of control. The outer circle is your circle of concern. Focus on your inner circle and you will achieve greater success.

And we all start out each day the same way....one step, one minute, one decision at a time. emoticon

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I can so relate to the all or nothing mentality; that has been me forever! I do great while I am on track but as soon as I stumble it ends up with a domino effect and pretty soon I have gotten away from healthy eating, exercise and gained back some of my lost weight! Then I am very strict with myself and start back with vengeance!
I am trying very hard to commit to small improvements that will put me back on track gradually, not with a jolt. By improving a bit at a time I hope to convince myself that this is a journey, not all or nothing!

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I have no excuses either..and I want to lose 40 as well. It's all in the mindset and personal motivation. Thats what I've started to work on, plus just making small healthier choices and not getting too down on myself if I make an unhealthy choice here and there. I must realize it's all a part of the journey!



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Great tread! I started back on SP on Jan 1. I was really "ready to start" and my hubby is my partner in our "lose weight and get fit" journey. We did a few things to help make this successful:
1) detox the house - out with ALL the junk
2) plan healthy meals and snack that are easy - we both work 50+hr weeks
3) commit to a 4 week workout challenge - JessicaSmithTV.com - AWESOME!!

We have dropped inches cuz the jeans are looser and the scale is slowly going down.

We used to support each other right up to the ice cream bowl:) but now we have been good about saying no.

I track all nutrients and fitness which helps me soooooooo much. I guess in the end I really look at what my goals are now. At 51, I need to make sure I'll be healthy enough to enjoy retirement when it come around. emoticon emoticon

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To each his own, but my issue has always been my all or nothing attitude. I am getting really effective and breaking things down to whatever increment of time serves the purpose of staying positive so that I don't have to ever feel like the track is out of sight and too hard to get to. For example, if I mess up breakfast by running out the door with my hair on fire and then eating at a drive-thru the clock is reset. I recommit myself for success next time (for example good breakfast food in the house and a portion of that a grab and go) and then let it go. Before it would be too easy to then succumb to the cookies in the breakroom and pasta for lunch because I already felt bad about myself because of breakfast. Even a truly bad streak can be broken when you treat the past as the past and recommit yourself to small successes in the present knowing that these add up to health and contentment in the future.



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I think we will all fall off track at some point along the way. However, I have found that if I allow myself 1 treat a week I can still stick to my calorie intake and be okayl

If you ever get off track, do what everyone else here has learned...get back on with the next meal and/or snack. emoticon



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One meal at a time!!! Breakfast is not my issue. But I definitely have to plan the rest of my day. The more I plan, the more likely I will stay on track. I just got off track BIG time during the holidays and I gained weight. I didn't like the result of my over indulgence, but I didn't get immediately get back on track. Then I made the conscious decision to start again. I planned my meals for the week in a calendar so I knew what I would be eating. That was last week and it went pretty well. Now here I am in the next week doing the same thing....planning for the week.
I cannot count the number times I've had to start again because I stop planning and start to think I can keep track in my head. And every time I do that I gain weight!!! So here I am again working towards goal weight and this time I hope to track on track.

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Well they could afford to drop a few pounds too. I know that I have to be accountable to myself, and have to resist those foods that got me where I am today, but it would be a lot easier if the temptation wasn'tthere. But if I am to succeed, I have to resistthese temptations. I knowI can do it,as I have done it in the past, I just have to stay true to myself if I want to reach my goals. My health depends on it! Thanks for the advise. It is becoming much easier being involved in this site and getting such encouragement!

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Hi! You've done great to let go of 36 pounds.. Congrats! Could your family try to hide foods for you? Not get rid of them but make them sightless for you?


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I have asked my wife and son to really be supportive and give me help to make sure I stay on track. It is really hard to do when there is ice cream and all kinds of crap food brought in the house all the time. I know I have to have my will power, but a little help could go a long way!

LIFE is not about waiting for the STORM to pass, it is about learning to DANCE in the RAIN!

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I'm using the menu planner in the nutrition tracker for many of my meals. It's been easy because the planning is done for me, I can print my weekly shopping list from it and I've been saving money at the grocery store because I'm sticking to the list (don't need every item every week). I also bought the Spark Activity Tracker. It's always on my mind to reach my activity goals now. It seem to be working...I feel better. emoticon

I can do it!!


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1/18/14 2:40 P

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Here I go again. How easily I can get off track and my diet and nutrition goes by the wayside. I am going to commit to getting back to Spark People, working the program to its fullest. Need your encouragement as we work this together. Good luck to all of you!



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Hi. Last year I had a similar arm fracture. It takes time to heal but usually does quite well. Near the same time, my daughter suffered a concussion. Be careful and rest. It takes time also. Rest your body and mind. Concussion is more serious than previously known. Good luck!



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by starting with the next meal.



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This is my question,after being somewhat activity free for 11 weeks,I am trying to come back. I had a bike accident,fractured my upper arm near my shoulder and sustained a concussion. It has been baby steps,but I pray I am my way back to health emoticon



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Good luck, you can achieve anything once your mind is made up.....



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Don't let a collapse become a relapse. I've decided to focus on one thing until it becomes a habit then move on to the next. I need to be selfish enough again to put me first then I'll be better equipped to handle what everyone else needs from me.



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my s/o helps guide me back. he'll pre portion my food out for me. He'll go as far as to avoid eating junk food in front of me. Will encourage me positivly. And my favorite part is HE says I love you no matter WHAT you weigh. You're doing this for YOU.

~Everyone that succeeds has failed at least once


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So, I got off at the wrong stop. Oops! I am now on the next wagon.
Maybe I should walk? emoticon



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Like others, I just tell myself that one slip up doesn't mean the end of the world.
If I'm in full "I don't care" mode I stand in front of the mirror naked. That usually jolts me back to reality and gets me back on track. Seeing the fat on the body, seeing the lost muscle tone, seeing the cellulite...that generally gets my butt moving.

Sorry to be gross.

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Hi! I read and really liked the wisdom of the Michelle in link of the post. She had many good things to say--I encourage the read. I bookmarked it for the future!





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I'd agree with everyone else. First, don't beat yourself up. We all do it.. and people of normal weight fluctuate too. I fell off my healthy path this year during the holidays.. too many social occasions, too little time, too much stress, too much good food.... but I did check in with SP every day and I walked every single day. When I finally had the guts (and it took guts for me) to get on the scale again, in spite of my fears, I was only a pound up.... and it's gone now. Start back tracking your food. I think that's the most important thing. Write it down. De-calorize the house if you can. We had a big party during the Christmas holidays (more than 100 people) and still had left over chips and soda and cookies and other stuff. I packed it all up and called our local domestic abuse shelter they were so thrilled to get "treat" food that they took it all and offered me a tax deduction receipt. And I got the scale out again (both scales.. the one I weigh myself on regularly and the one I use to weigh my food portions.... I had to re-educate my eye, since I'd had some portion creep. I feel firmly back on track now. Good luck to you... you truly can do this and will do this. You deserve the time and effort!

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You just gotta do it. Tough love! but it works.

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Hope this helps. I think it will :)

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Small steps...i started by trying to track everything i eat to get full picture and then add small things on top of that...right now trying to ensure i drink my water and eat breakfast. I get busy and forgot to do the most simple tasks which is actually the most detrimental to being healthy.



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The first thing I did was say to my friends, Hey, I've lost my motivation. In my head and on my SP page it says what is true...I feel better when I exercise, I have more energy, and I sleep better...it's a no brainer. I think it may be menopause has made me a little depressed. A friend that is also trying to get back on track invited me over yesterday and we worked out in her home gym for just over an hour, took a picture of our sweaty selves and posted it for inspiration...I'm a little more inspired today so I'm watching the clock and getting ready to see what the weather shows when I get off work...I should have time to do "something" outside if it is nice..like walk in the neighborhood or job at the fairgrounds..if it's not I have a yoga dvd I need to break in...
One step leads to another...the first step is always the hardest..



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I still ask myself that same question. But I just keep saying that it is for my good and I need to do this. Try taking one day at a time, don't think about how you will get through it, don't worry about the scale, or if you fail then what. Just think one day and one pound at a time. I thought by changing my habits that instantly I will see results. But I now just tell myself it took years for me to get this way it will takes years (hopefully not emoticon ) for me to lose all the weight I need. I pray that you will keep seeking help and that you will not give up trying. emoticon YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!


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Thanks so much, Cutenhealthy!

Very helpful. I think I was very extreme and fell of the wagon *more like FLEW off the wagon." It's very disappointing and shameful. I'm embarrassed looking at the calories per day for 4 days then the next 2 are more than double...

Will keep going. Tomorrow is a new day. Every day is a new day.



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Just get back to tracking something! Start from the beginning. Try to drink more water one week, then add more vegetables the next week, then take a few walks one week. Start small and just improve by a little each week. This is how you gain your momentum back! You probably OVERDID it the first time and couldn't keep up the pace. Habits have to be built over time! Consistency and commitment are the real winners! Don't get off track!

"Slow and steady wins the race!"


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Just do it. Let nothing get in your way !



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Back to the basics. Track food and exercise, drink water.

Quote by the late Zig Ziegler: when people tell me, "Zig motivation never lasts". "I tell them, bathing doesn't either that's why I recommend it daily". Myfavoritemotivationalquote


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That was a fab advice. Thank you


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I no longer view eating as entertainment. I eat only what I need to nourish my body.



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Instead of getting "back" on track I have changed the rules. I know that I must do certain things to stay healthy including eat more nutritious food, exercise, and relax. I am not good at deprivation so I am focusing on what I like to do. Cooking with more wholesome ingredients, walking, and working on my art and crafts. As my cold gets better and the days get sunnier I'll have more outside activities like gardening.

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I stopped SP for a year and gained. I got back on it last year and have lost 10 pounds......slowly but surely. I think the accountability of the fitness minutes is what helps me the most. About 10 more to go!



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For me it was having something tangible to work towards; not just "Oh, I want to look better/feel better at some point", but more than that: I have a trip to Vegas planned coming up in April, where I'll see my boyfriend whom I haven't seen in months because I'm away at school. All I can think about is the look on his face the first time he sees me after all this time being away. This has been more motivating to me than anything has been before.

Also I have been playing little mental games with myself: sugar/treats have always been my downfall, but I've been telling myself sugar is poison, sugar is poison, poison! I picture my arteries clogging, picture myself in a nursing home when I'm older because I'm in such ill health, etc., and how if I continue to binge on sugar as I had always been doing, then that would be my fate. If I find myself craving sweets, I see the sugar in my mind and immediately I picture myself eating a package of D-Con Rat Poison. This has worked so far and I'm happy to say that I haven't had any sweets for almost two weeks whereas before I would have to have them everyday.

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I've been having a lot of trouble too lately. I just can't seem to stay away from all of the sugary goodies even though I know it affects my blood sugar. I've been trying to stay determined but some days it's so hard, you know?



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Me either!!!! I really need to get my butt in gear, and quit eating so much. Aargh!



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what got me back on track was a buddy and tracking what i ate


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I HAVE 3 BOXES OF CHOCOLATE IN MY HOUSE SINCE XMAS. 1RST I FROZE ONE, THAT DIDN'T WORK ATE IT ANYWAY GOT DISGUSTED SO I THREW IT OUT,THEN I ATE SOME OUT OF THE OTHER ONE AND I THREW IT OUT YESTERDAY. I HAVE ONE MORE TO GO AND ITS SEALED I'M THINKING OF GIVING IT AWAY...HMMM..MAYBE TO THE GYM DAYCARE..THAT SOUNDS GOOD, TO THINK I ASKED FOR MY HUBBY TO BUY ME A BOX OF CHOCOLATES FOR XMAS..WTH WAS I THINKING? CRAZY PERSON..I MADE A SMOOTHIE THIS MORNING FROM SPARKPEOPLE AND I'M DRINKING GREEN TEA, I'VE PLANNED MY LUNCH AND I'M GOING TO CLEAN MY HOUSE AND WALK ON THE TREADMILL..HOPEFULLY THAT WILL RESPARK ME?

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To get back on track I made sure that all the junk food was out of the house and then added back in things that I knew that I would eat that were healthier.



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When you find out let me know. I haven't been "on track" in over a year.

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I REALLY need to get it out of the house!!!!! I have the See it, Eat it syndrome! Not an easy one to control!

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What is an "inspiration page?" It sound like something I would be interested in creating.
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1/10/14 12:43 A

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Posted on my inspiration page and there when I need help on the rough parts of the journey.
Remember how GOOD I you felt just after you started this journey and how bad you felt the day before you started this journey. It sure helps to defuse those "it's too difficult" moments we all have sooner or later.



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I'm still working on it...it's not easy.

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Yesterday was one of the worst days I've had in about a month. It would have been so easy to grab icecream or chips as comfort and sit on the hotel bed and binge but, I DIDN"T. Over the last 38 days I have learned to take each day as it comes and try to make the next day better.

Always a lesson, never a mistake.
One day at a time.


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This week I have come to grips with the fact that it is not one day at a time. It is one hour, one minute, one moment at a time. I have to be conscious of every choice at every point of the day. Do I take the elevator or walk the stairs? Do I grab some m&m candies or a satsuma. I have to ask the question every single time. And then make smart choices.



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I had a really bad holiday season (food and exercise-wise). I got back on track by first getting out there and exercising again. I did long walks at first, then I did some strength training at home. Then I finally started running and tracking my food again which is a big step for me.

Tracking is a pain in the a$$, but if I do it every day, for everything I eat, I get used to it and it isn't such a big deal anymore. If I stop doing it however, it is always a struggle to get started again.

Baby steps!

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Just do it!!!



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So far this week I've managed to stick closer to my prior routine of exercise and healthy eating. It seems the eating part is easier to get back on than the exercise. I just have to keep making myself think about what I'm doing and what I'm eating.

Edited by: SKYVALLEYGAL at: 1/12/2014 (21:11)
Quote by the late Zig Ziegler: when people tell me, "Zig motivation never lasts". "I tell them, bathing doesn't either that's why I recommend it daily". Myfavoritemotivationalquote


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in the words of Yoda: "there is no try, just do"

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In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

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I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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1/8/14 6:40 P

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Just do it....each day is a new opportunity. It is like a reset button. If you didn't do it today, give tomorrow a shot. If you could only partially stick with the plan, give it a whirl tomorrow. Constant, consistent improvement!



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There is times in your life when things just click and other times it just does not. You have to find what your really searching for and WHY..when you set and look at the big picture it is easier to stay motivated.

I got this!!


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You've just got to find that light switch in your head and turn it ON. I actually developed a 3-day plan to get back on track. And the best part is... there is no waiting for tomorrow. It is designed so you can do it NOW.

Amazing :)

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If you have had success in the past, look back at the tools you used to gain that success. If you are not using those tools anymore, start using them again. Maybe you've slacked on a few (or all) of them. Make the next right choice, no matter how small. Celebrate how far you have come and that you WANT to get back on track. You are not content to give up the ground you have covered, or you wouldn't be asking for help. :)



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1/7/14 7:43 P

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It's hard but I like to go on the fitness board on Pinterest and it gets me motivated... Or read weight loss stories. Have you thought of making an inspiration board or binder?



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Thank you for your wise words...I like the idea of not saying "lost it" because sooner or later I might "find it" again. I can now say "I am now AT ____". I have always tried to see this whole idea as a "project" (the way I did things at work" and the way you put it as "not a single battle but a long term strategic mission" put things in the right category for me.
I have started putting things into a spreadsheet to see ALL my figures together (exercise and food--sorry, that's just the OCD in me) so I can see trends for a longer period of time than SP provides.
You're doin' good, girl.



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One foot in front of the other. Even if it is just one step in the right direction, you are closer than you had been before.

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To get back on track I start with logging my food and water. Just logging it helps motivate me to make better choices. I also start tracking my fitness again. I make time to read motivational articles on spark.



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You have heard that quote about the negative committee? I think they are responsible for getting us and keeping us off track. In fact I got a glimpse of the notes of their last--and I mean last--meeting in my head and the whole agenda was an outline of how to derail us--you and me, specifically!
I have to talk to myself constantly to remind myself that I matter. Even if I only matter to me. The best thing I do is to not beat myself up, instead I try to think about how I succeeded when I was a success, and implement those strategies again.
And cha-cha is a life-style for me. It makes for slow progress, but I am going in the right direction, at least half of the time.
Another way to keep from getting off track is to fly, but I haven't figured that one out quite yet.

Much success to you on your getting healthy journey!



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I am now (as of today) 88.5 lbs reduced (saying lost mentally implies I will find them again) with 31.5 more to go, and this has come with success but also lots of stalls and falls and stumbles, but the key thing I keep telling myself is that I have come this far... so obviously I CAN do it. Its not a single battle, its a long term strategic mission! So I pick myself up, dust my rear off and keep going. They key to getting back on track for me is meal planning. I have to feed my family, too, and they will not help me if I feed them boring plain grilled chicken. So I plan things, trying a new recipe every week. I mark things that worked well and alter things that didn't but the key is PLAN PLAN PLAN. If I eat on my plan, I know I ate well - and I can more easily track.

My friends told me I am becoming a gourmet... but I do not think that way. I know I am a decent cook, but my cooking is mostly born of necessity... I want to eat a certain way, watching my carbs, keeping fats controlled, eating healthy fresh and GOOD food... and either I go broke eating out at good restaurants (cause the ones I can afford are mostly bad for you) OR I get my behind on the internet or in cookbooks, look up recipes and play with them, and plan my food so I only buy what I need and always have something healthy to make. That helps control the budget as well and my plan gives me things to look forward to.

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1/6/14 8:25 P

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Bunnylamb sure hit the nail on my head. Never thought of it as a "don't care mode" but that's exactly how I've been the last couple of months. I did make some more progress today. Got up early enough to do a Coach Nicole video, some yoga and my shower wall push ups! I've gotten my H2O in today and I think when I finish tracking, I'll be within my calorie range. Oh and I actually took my BP this am (I have hi BP) I had not taken it in almost a month. Talk about not caring, that's really bad. I've given a lot of thought about when this started. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I ended up below my goal weight and feeling secure in that I can afford to gain some weight back but am also concerned that the change in my BP med shortly b4 this lack of motivation began could be the culprit. I will be discussing this with my health care provider. emoticon

Edited by: SKYVALLEYGAL at: 1/12/2014 (21:13)
Quote by the late Zig Ziegler: when people tell me, "Zig motivation never lasts". "I tell them, bathing doesn't either that's why I recommend it daily". Myfavoritemotivationalquote


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I listen to a weight loss meditation CD. It puts me back on track every time.

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

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Took me a LONG time to figure this out!! Here is a plan that works:

http://fitnessfound.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/3-day-reset/

It's called the 3-Day Reset

Check out my Website and Blog for a complete guide to finding the Fit Life: Diet, Exercise, Inspiration and some of my best tips and tricks.

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Ugh, I am fighting this same battle. I was down 34 1/2 lbs the Friday before Christmas. I am sad to say when I weighed in yesterday I had gained 2 1/2 lbs. But I don't feel the drive to work out, to watch what I eat, to drink water, nothing. The bad thing is, I've been on vacation with my boys as well and have been very lax about my diet and exercising. I love the fact I can fit into smaller clothes and know that if I am not careful, that 2 1/2 lbs will turn into 5 and then 10 and then 30. It's happened before. I loved this message board. It reminds me I am not alone in this battle and that I will get on the bike today and exercise as well as getting my water in for the day. The good news is I go back to work tomorrow and that will help regulate my schedule and eating habits again.



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1/6/14 3:45 P

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I track EVERYTHING. I find that tracking is the only way to get me to follow my program with any consistency. When I don't track, I don't stay on track.

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I get back on track by remembering that slip-ups are a part of the process. What matters is not if you fall down, but rather, if you get back up. You can even consider a slip-up a positive thing. If you can see what caused it (check your food, activity, and mood log), you can develop a strategy to deal with those things in a more productive way. Next time a similar situation occurs, you will have a go-to list of things to do instead of eat or slack. At the bottom of the list, write a few reminders of why you want to lose weight. These will help you stick to the list you've developed. Good luck!

Chris

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.--Lao Tzu

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I've been counting calories again for a few days and it's already making a difference. I feel more empowered about what I eat!

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
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Wow, what a great thread! Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I was doing very well until Thanksgiving, but my main activity was walking outside. With the holidays and winter weather, I really went off track and have been struggling to regain my momentum. I love what GSEATON and others wrote about breaking it down into smaller pieces. That's what originally worked for me, so I think it will work for me in terms of getting back on track. Instead of thinking, "I have to work out" and "I have to eat right all day", I'm going to tell myself I only need to work out for 10 minutes,and I only need to make good choices for the next meal. I really think that will help me!


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Oh man "I don't care" mode is so hard. I'm in it right now and I'm trying a couple of things to get back on track...

Like Angelcitygal said, I'm going back to my one foundational habit. For me, it's tracking my food. Even if I can't commit to eating well, I can at least track it. Everything builds from there (for me). It's kind of a bargain I make with myself, that I'll just do this *one thing* so I don't have to give up being lazy all at once, haha.

Part two is that I'm trying to understand *why* I'm in "I don't care" mode. This is a lot harder because it changes... but if I can understand why I'm not feeling motivated (depression, guilt, rebellion, tiredness, too much satisfaction with how well I'd been doing) then I can treat the underlying cause as well as the symptoms :). Committing to 20-30 minutes of quiet thought and/or meditation helps me with this part.

Hopefully this will help--I've been struggling for about two months now and I can at least say I feel a lot better now that I'm even just trying to get re-motivated.



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I just have to force myself to get started. I don't mind exercising, it's tracking that I get lazy about, and then I start to overeat. One step at a time, one little baby step at a time.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

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rethink/rewrite my goals

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.


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It's nice to know I'm not the only one who lost motivation! Thanks to everyone for sharing your stories. It is motivating to know I'm not alone here. I lost the desire to do any activity, tracking, ect for at least the last 8 months or so. I don't really have a specific reason, just got lazy I guess.
Well, enough is enough. Summer will be here in no time and I want to keep up with my active family. I don't like just watching them do fun things. I want to participate with them. I don't want this to be another New Year's resolution that only lasts a few days. I hope I am committed enough to get rid of these rotten 40 extra pounds I've been carrying for far too long. Here's to starting again!!!



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OMG! Boy have I gotten off track big time! I was such a faithful member of SP sand tracked every thing I put in my mouth and worked out 6 days a week and walked a very challenging 6 mile nature trail. Uh yeah ... That was TWO years ago! Moved back home to NC from northern Alberta two years ago and haven't done a friggin thing but sit on my butt watching tv and"think" as out doing my Wii Active . We'll just thinking about it ain't doing diddly swat ladies. I am so disgusted with myself for falling off track in a major way. I hadnt really gained a lot of pounds but the holidays hit and have put on EIGHT pounds! I am so intoned as we'll I can tell a huge difference in my energy level too. I had so much energy when I was at it everyday. I'd wake up in the morning and be like the energizer bunny hopping around like I was on speed or something. Now I barely have the energy to lift my leg to pass gas! I've gotten so sick of feeling like this and have been trying so hard to get my motivation back like I had before. I know I'm getting older (40 yrs.) and it's going to be a lot harder to get my weight down and will have to work that much harder to get it off. :0. Any goo, on a good note I have made one small change starting tonight. Due to my being a diabetic and take insulin I have to have a bedtime snack. I was having peanut butter graham crackers and a snack pack chocolate or butterscotch pudding cup. That can't be good so tonight I will have an apple with 2tbsp of peanut butter since my dr always suggests PB. Just that 1 small change in calorie consumption at bedtime should make a difference as well as drinking on ly water and green tea. Now to get motivated enough to start working out again!! What got me started before was a 3 month challenge team. I'd love to find another similar challenge to get my butt in gear because I had to be accountable with posting what I did that day activity and food wise.

Wendi & Travis


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i been off this a few weeks now and even gained 6 lb again weather been so bad i haven even been to the gym i could of done my sp work out in here put nothing got me moving put i feel like tomorrow i can start all over i really loved doing the sp work outs i really did feel better after so here i go again this time ill do a 10 min sp work out every day for me and reading all yours really help me get bk on track thanks everyone

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SKYVALLEYGAL
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Thanks for all your tips and motivation. By some miracle, I am still below my goal weight but I have been "off the wagon" for about 4 months now. Although, the scale is holding fairly steady I can feel my clothes getting a little tighter. I am unhappy with myself because I stayed on track with food and exercise for almost a full year b4 I got off track. I just sort of lost the desire to get up 45 minutes earlier to be able to get in some exercise. I even stopped doing my shower yoga and wall push ups even though they make me feel so good The holidays hit, the weather got cold, it's dark in the morning, my DH and I both caught a nasty viral infection and stayed sick for 2-3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Today, I actually put on my walking shoes for the 1st time in weeks and walked the dog. This is definitely baby steps! I also had ground turkey on reduced calorie wheat bread instead of the sausage patty on a 150cal sesame seed bun like I made for my DH. I even cooked a healthy dinner from SP. So I'm hoping I have turned a corner and can get re-motivated before too much damage is done. emoticon

Edited by: SKYVALLEYGAL at: 1/12/2014 (21:15)
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I can so relate - glad to see you are moving forward. emoticon

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Thank you, each and every one, for writing your thoughts. It is so helpful! I also fell off, and put 7 pounds back on of the 30 I worked to hard to lose, with many more to go. It is so easy to fall off. But I am determined to get back on it.
Step 1 - track EVERYTHING, even if you don't like it - as noted previously.
Step 2 - plan, plan, plan. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Step 3 - be accountable to myself, and honest with myself. Making excuses is no longer acceptable.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill


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I make sure that I get my water in and that I have done at least 7000 steps each day. I then keep on that until it feels like second nature. Then I make sure that I am tracking all of my food.

I remind myself that restricting myself is how I get into trouble - as long as I am conscious of what I am eating and why I am eating it I can keep things on an even keel. If I slip (like having a big stack of Oreo's) I make sure to drink 2 extra glasses of water and go for a quick walk.

I'm human and I do stumble, but I don't beat myself up anymore about it.

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I start by drinking my water, at least 8 cups a day.

Then, move to tracking my food faithfully and keeping within my calorie range.

Eventually, this leads to working out because once I see a 2 pound loss (it will happen with lots of water and tracking food) .....it's over... ;)

When my motivation comes back and the scale continues to move down, I consider myself to be back on track.

As long as you do something each day to bring yourself closer to your goals, you can't go wrong!

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Working on giving up all or nothing thinking. I try to remember not to let one unfortunate choice define me. Try to remember, One unhealthy meal is only one of 21 for the week. My journey began with one simple decision. Right now, I will make one healthy choice. I will celebrate making that choice. I will be proud of myself for the courage it took to make that choice and let go of feeling disappointed in myself.
We can because we already have.




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I tell myself that it is no big deal if I mess up this time. I just need to go on from this moment. What is done is done and I can't change what happened. I just need to try again. Losing weight is not something that is going to happen overnight. This is a journey. Like most journeys, a person is likely to slip a little from time to time. It will make the end result so much more worth it.





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I just try to remember that one bad meal is not going to turn around everything good that you've been doing. I also try to list all of the good things that I have done for my body lately.



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This is great advice...just do one thing that you think will help, dont worry about all of it at once. emoticon



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Wow! NIRERIN--option two describes me to a tee! The sad thing is, I don't recognize it when I'm trying too hard to be perfect, until after I hurt my knees by exercising too hard, and get depressed because I can't exercise as much as I had been, which leads to emotional eating and inevitable weight gain and falling completely off track.
Thank you for your post. It's just want I needed to hear to start taking better care of myself, one small step at a time (instead of the usual all-or-nothing approach).
Take care, everyone!

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Focus on past successes and say "I did it before, I can do it again"

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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think positive. Try your best to remember when you were your happiest and focus on getting back to that moment. Think differently about YOU and everyone else will too! Also, write what you bite. If you feel bad about writing down what you've eaten, you're gonna feel much worse about biting it!!

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Remind myself that everyone is human and I will slip up. Just go on from there. Perhaps be more careful with food choices/amounts if it was a food slip up. If it was not getting the usual amount of time walking or on the treadmill, adding minutes back in until I am back to "normal". The key, I have found, is to not beat myself up about it; to acknowledge the slip and go on.



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After 8 months of 'failed' maintenance ( I gained back 35 pounds ), I set my mind to get back on track. The house was emptied of junk food (and if my wife gets any for herself she hides it), I set a definitive start date, and I go back to weighing and portioning and tracking my food, and starting up my walking program again.

It's so easy to let things slide. Years of poor eating choices don't magically disappear (at least not for me) and I have to discipline myself to stay on track.

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When I'm feeling completely down on myself, I've learned from friends on here to look instead at how far I've come and how many things I've done right, then just put the slip behind me and start putting one foot in front of another again. Mostly I get back on track because I don't like the way I feel - bloated, sluggish, tired. I know I'm not perfect and that I'll occasionally have slipups. The trick is to have them less frequently and don't let them last long.

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Try to do better today than you did yesterday. If you slip up tomorrow is another day to get it right! We can do this!!!!! Never give up!



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Every day I go thru the same thing in my head! I don't WANNA! BUT, I sit my butt down on my bike, in front of the tube and RIDE. I tell myself- YOU CAN DO THIS FOR 10 minutes! ANYONE CAN! Then........10 turns into 20 which turns into 30...........baby steps! Good luck!

Slow and steady wins the race!


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Start tracking even if you don't like what you're putting down.




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I have been MIA for the past couple of years, so now I'm 23 lbs heavier than the last time I was on. Funny how quickly that packed on. But it's time to start again! I don't beat myself up for doing something wrong. That causes me to binge eat. Instead I recognize the behavior, admit that I shouldn't have done it that way, figure out how I could've stopped myself, and basically just move on. I got a new career 2 years ago, and have watched myself slip away from eating right and exercise. My new job has more stress, crazy hours, and has me on my feet 8-10 hrs a day vs my desk job. I'm learning that my kids can come work out with me downstairs, and that's together time. I don't have to be sitting on my butt on the couch watching a Doc mcstuffins marathon. :) they'll appreciate it when I'm around longer and smile and laugh with them. Here's to jumping back on the wagon!!



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I am so glad I found this topic, there are some really good ideas listed below. I was really putting myself down for "falling off the wagon". I suffer from depression and chronic pain, although its hard for me to walk I was walking 3 times a week ( about 50 yards) and doing chair exercises, I lost 19 lbs in a month. I have now put on 10 of those pound due to eating anything and everything in the house during a bad episode of depression the last two and a half weeks.
I am glad to hear other people slip and eat over their calorie intake, I am also glad to hear other people need to "restart" the program sometime more than once.
I now feel motivated enough to restart my tracking and restart my exercising.

Thank you very much to all of you.
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Edited by: AZ_CAT_PERSON at: 1/3/2014 (09:51)
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