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11/5/12 9:42 P

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Conrgats on taking the time for you and making a plan! You CAN do it!

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11/5/12 10:50 A

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emoticon sounds like you have a solid plan. Good luck! I have the all or nothing thinking which sets me up everytime to fail so I understand that. tracking streaks has helped me see that Im mak ing progress even when its not perfect

You haven't failed until you quit trying!!


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11/5/12 9:40 A

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Sounds like a good plan. I would say start with small things and work your way up to the big things. Don't try to do it all at once or you will just plan to fail.
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11/5/12 6:31 A

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hey everyone - thanks for replies, I have taken today and tomorrow off sick from work.I worked when I was very ill recently so am taking time back now and doing job application that needs to be in this Friday.

I have decided that my top goal is sticking to my calorie limit.Losing weight is my number one bugbear and I will feel better once I am taking concrete steps toward that. The alcohol intake will naturally fit into that.I am also planning to hit gym twice a week.

I am making leek and potato soup for lunches while I have the time and planning menus for the week. I used to do this all the time and had got out of the habit - it just makes me feel more ordered.

So 30 days of 1500 calories a day, that also naturally means increasing my fruit and veg intake to prevent hunger. I am cooking leftover beef goulash tonight into a shepherd's pie topped with mashed sweet potato and with some steamed spring greens.

I have tendancy to want to do everything perfectly all the time - which then makes me more likely to give up. Starting exercise outside of rollerderby slowly and sticking to my calorie limit feels doable - thank you.

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11/4/12 4:25 P

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When I get overwhelmed and feeling like I am not making progress I put myself in a 'time out'. Stop for some reflection and planning. Write out all your goals and worries, it will help with the anxiety. Once all that is gone you can look at your goals in a constructive manner and pick what to tackle first. Then take the time to pat yourself on the back for making a plan and do your best to stick to it. There will always be ups and downs, its stopping long enough in a down to decide what to do about it. Good luck, you can do this!

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11/4/12 3:10 P

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When you do one goal consistently (pick something that you can manage) it often leads to positive changes in other areas of our life. If you keep beating yourself up it is hard to even get started. Write your list of goals down and list ways to manage them and make one your top priority do that one for a month or however long to get consistency. You can do this you are not alone. Write a blog in the form of a letter to yourself to help you get motivated saying what you would if you were writing a friend. Good luck!

You haven't failed until you quit trying!!


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11/4/12 2:55 P

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I agree- tackle an easy goal first and go from there. and take it in steps, like allowing yourself 1 drink instead of 3 for example. you can do it, one small step at a time.

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11/4/12 10:42 A

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which goal feels the easiest to attain right now? start with something that will help you feel successful so that you can build up steam. be compassionate with yourself and think about what you would tell a friend if they were in your shoes. change is hard but can be done!


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11/4/12 8:59 A

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I feel totally overwhelmed, I have PMT, I'm stuck in a job in bullying office culture,too much work to do, applying for new jobs due to re-structure(hoping for redundancy),not sticking to my diet and exercise programme, freaking out about approaching 40 next year, drinking too much socially and smoking again when i'm drinking... and breathe!!

I KNOW I need to break this down into small steps - I'm struggling though.
I think main priorities are exercise,healthy food and not drinking too much.

I have quit alcohol in the past and felt much better mentally - at the moment it feels like a real treat though - even tho I know it has worsened my anxiety today/no way would I have smoked sober. I don't want to have too many goals BUT these all feel intertwined.

I keep posting like this and not moving on - I have been trying to lose weight for so long and feel like a failure, unattractive,I can feel extra weight slowing me down.Any words of wisdom??

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