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I have fallen off the wagon so bad that I felt like I needed to slap myself back into reality before I self-destructed further. I have been active for the past few days, so I am headed back to maintaining.
I think I can...I think I can... I KNOW I can..I KNOW I CAN!!!!
Since I choose to EAT right and DRINK right, I suppose you could say I LIVE right!
John 3:16 - the ultimate sacrifice
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Until recently, I've been too new to maintenance to feel that I could comment on this...
I am feeling myself slipping off the wagon at the moment for the first time since reaching maintenance and have made a few resolutions:
1) Make it a point to find new ways to enjoy my workouts and stop procrastinating with the strength training that I keep telling myself I'm going to get around to.
2) Review my food tracker from the past to see areas where I seemed to be doing a better job at staying in normal ranges - My meals have been turning into grazing throughout the whole day lately and I think shifting back to eating at generally fixed times (or at least meals) would make a difference as 40 to 90 calories a time add up quickly if you do it all day long).
3) try to be more aware of the emotional reasons I am turning away from exercise and turning to food so that I can find my way back to healthier outlets.
4) keep focused on the positives I've achieved in reaching a goal weight and the healthy lifestyle that I've reached.
Thanks so much for responding. I'm really looking forward to hearing from others about this too. How long have you been in maintenance?
I don't have a ton of specific advice in the area, because I don't think I have personally done a great job at maintaining. But I am leaving this comment because I want to hear what advice others have!
I hope all of your are doing well. What a wonderful Friday this is. It's sunny where I am (but chilly). Things always seem that much more wonderful when the sun is shining.
So, I wanted to post a topic related to staying the course after falling off of the proverbial wagon. No matter how dedicated, committed and hardworking we are about the maintenance journey, every now and then we'll all come against "slacker" days...or worse yet "slacker" weeks!
Recently, I took about 5 days off from working out. I was on vacation and didn't bother to workout ANY of the days I was off. I also wasn't as diligent about my eating habits. While I continued to track what I ate most days (so I could see how bad the damage was), I was a naughty, NAUGHTY girl. I averaged an extra 380 calories per day during that five day period.
After my vacation was over and I got back to my scale, I saw that the numbers spiked by almost 4 pounds, which put me at the top of my 5-pound maintenance range.. As it turns out, most of this was bloating (4 pounds of it) but it gave me the kick in the butt I needed to get back on track. So, today, after five straight days of behaving, I'm back to comfortable weight.
My question for you wonderful members is: "What do you do to make sure you get back on track after you fall off the wagon?"
I'd love to hear from you guys! (It's been eerily quiet here.)