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11/26/14 10:00 A

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Hello Lori, we are glad to have you back. This is a wonderful supportive group.

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11/25/14 10:37 A

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emoticon Lori! Great to see you here again - and I know you'll do great again! The daily chit chat board is amazing!! We still have an emoticon group!

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11/25/14 9:47 A

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We all have excuses to drink. But I enjoy my wine, but I kept increasing it. try not to get to that point. Right now I,m doing Mod. Cherie

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11/25/14 9:41 A

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I am back. After several years of doing really well, a month or so ago I slipped. It was just a drink now and again, and now it is every single evening, when I get home. I have got to get a grip on it, as it is effecting my health, along with my emotional wellbeing. There are always excuses for me to drink, and if there isn't one, heck...the sky is blue right? that sounds like a good one. So I thought I would drop back in here and see if this would work for me again, it did before!!

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11/20/14 7:55 P

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Cherie - I can't follow the AA motto because I don't believe we are powerless - but I joined this website which has a live chat (and very supportive email exchange) - the chats are at 9pm eastern time. Check it out... www.hamsnetwork.org/

We are here for you - and you are posting and being accountable - you can get through this!

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11/20/14 1:01 P

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I scrwed up already. Bought those one serving bottles that my produce store has, Its almost 1:00pm and I'm on the last one (3rd). after that done. Part of me wanted to get it out of the house. second, I don't want my husband to know. I had them buried outside!!!! I know the 12 steps. Had to go to al-anon. My ex used to sneak it too, now I am .This is not easy. I,ve had a lot of physical problems this year. going for a bladder suspension on Dec 16th. Now I,m in Pt for bur sitis in hips. we have bursa, all over. I,m trying to keep from crying now. Sorry

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11/20/14 11:44 A

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emoticon Cherie. Happy to hear you're getting help and support. We are here for you too! Make sure to stay in touch on the daily chit chat board for daily support! emoticon

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I haven,t been around for a while. I wasn,t ready to admit I was abusing alcohol. I to have the hardest time around dinner time, but then gradually I started drinking more and more. My husband was gonna leave me. Have to do this. Gained 20 lbs. Starting after Thanksgiving, hes gonna help me to break the habit of being AF, then it will just be weekends. Then my psych is detoxing me too. I was shocked. Doing both, I,m doing it gradually. Need help and support! Thx everyone. Cherie

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10/16/14 1:12 P

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We are happy to see you back too Carol!!

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emoticon Sandy! I'm dropping back in, too . . . after a short hiatias this summer.

Wonderfully supportive group! I've missed everyone's company & am glad to re-join, too!

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10/15/14 9:38 P

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Bouncing back here... I've been gone from SP for quite a while and have gotten so far off track I'm not sure I can even SEE the track anymore! But I'm ready to give it all another shot and am very happy to be back in the company of so many old friends. My very best wishes to everyone here, we're all in this together! emoticon

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emoticon on hitting 144 (that's my dream 'goal' weight) - I was there over 2 decades ago lol.

Like you, I have good intentions - but then I have that 'witching hour' (or HOURS). It starts after work and through to about 7pm - if I can distract myself in that period of time doing something else I'm ok. I got emoticon yesterday and going to do my best to beat my last 6 day streak.

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8/19/14 7:27 P

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I definitely use alcohol to cope. I also like to drink. I wish I didn't. I like to drink to celebrate and relieve stress, a bad combo. I just don't know how to get a grip on it. I start the day off with the best intentions, and here I am. I think the longest stretch I have had is 7 days. Right now I seem to be on this three day cycle. Its good to know we are not alone in this.

Come hell or high water I AM NOT STUFFING MY FACE TONIGHT! I am going to take that scale and put it square in front of the refrigerator. I hit 144 today.

Edited by: ATHENA1966 at: 8/19/2014 (19:32)
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I need to work on abstaining for a stretch though and I am finding it harder to do that lately - likely because of the other pressures/changes in my life (while they are not excuses - it's the coping mechanisms I have to work to replace - instead of using food/drink to soothe my woes).

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yes I know what you mean helene. I can't say that I am an alcoholic cause I don't think that I am one. just have problem with it.
it seems that I can not drink when I don't want to.
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ATHENA - that's the problem I have with the AA meeting - I can't bring myself to saying "I'm an alcoholic" - I have tendencies or like alcohol too much. My parents were relative functioning alcoholics as I am. I get things done - but take for example - today ... I just want to hibernate and not deal with anyone. I was supposed to go to my workplace gathering but not up to it. And so - I'm home and ok with it.

Life throws me for a loop every now and again... I do my best to roll with it.

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8/14/14 9:07 P

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dear athena, I am sorry that you grew up in that environment, that must have been hard. do you have siblings? are you close to them?
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I caved and went to the store to buy some twisted tea 5% . I was good and stopped at one, very happy about that!
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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8/14/14 6:03 P

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Yes it is BIZI. Today I am staying AF! emoticon


Helene, you have so much on your plate. Just like you said, one day at a time. Have you gone to any more meetings? When I was a child I went to alanon. My parents were both non-functioning alcoholics. The only times they were ever able to stay sober, . where times they faithfully went to meetings. I have never attended one as an adult. I just don't like the label of alcoholic. For me, it doesn't matter what I call it, I am addicted to alcohol. Take care.

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I had drinks last night and avoided the computer after a long day on it working on my course work. It's been a real hectic week for me and today is no different. Thank God I booked tomorrow off so I can take a bit of a breather. I'm definitely not being as AF as I had hoped, but I am doing better than last month. Baby steps.

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8/13/14 10:12 P

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hi there!@
No i did not make it to the gym...have been on line and on the phone for hours. distracting myself.
yes I weathered the storm.
glad that you did not have to work today. sorry you felt awful.
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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I do too! It sounds like you weathered the storm. I drank last night and felt really crummy this morning. Fortunately, I did not have to work. Were you able to get your walk in?


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well I posted on the panic thread at the message boards and they responded back 45 minutes later. so much for immediate response. I sure wish these boards had a chat feature.
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It is almost 8 so I won't be going to the bar. Now to get myself to go to the gym.
ugh!
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

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can't seem to break this urge to drink tonight. Am here by myself and want to walk 2 blocks down the street and drink. jeff gets home late tonight. I should go to the gym....
it is a struggle.
bizi

I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140 yippie! 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147 9-24-14=143.5 yippie!

Happiness is a decision!


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8/7/14 11:32 A

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I have to say - just after attending one Al-Anon meeting and reading literature - I feel my thinking changing around drinking and it's forcing me to examine my behaviours. They say you need to attend 6 meetings before you can decide if it's for you - but I feel it's like I've finally found a place where I can share some of my family related experiences around alcohol which have formed much of who I am today.

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emoticon this. Thanks for the challenge. It's just what I needed right now. I too tend to be a binge drinker. It seems like after 3 days of not drinking my booze brain tries to convince me that I've been good for 3 days so now you deserve to have a drink or two. Never a good idea for me. I will try very hard to make this goal happen. My 47th Anniversary is coming up on the 19th. Should be interesting....I need to work through this.

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I too am a binge drinker and it's been ongoing for a while which has also made me balloon up and so I created a 90 day challenge because I need to go this full distance to truly make a dent in this habit and see the difference. It's posted under our challenges forum if you are interested in joining.

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Good morning everyone. I feel like something has significantly changed with my drinking. This month has been very stressful for me. But for me, that is just an excuse. I now seem to be unable to drink wine without going on a full on eating binge. I had the best intentions yesterday. Took a drive with my hubbie, went to dinner and ate sensibly, came home and binged! My weight is up and I feel like dirt. I have got to be AF for this whole month. Its the only way I can get a handle on this addiction.

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I haven't managed to be AF much - but I'm here and aware. I know the reason I'm drinking is all the uncertainty now surrounding me and the fear of change in some ways. I'm going to see another place today. It's making me realize how NICE this place I'm currently in is and makes me sad to have to leave it - but then again - the other place is near some amazing places like a beach and another place with falls - both things I adore! I have to weigh out the 'material' versus the spiritual benefits.

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I agree it's great being able to post so openly without fear of judgement. I broke my AF last night:( I feel horrendous now, my kidneys are aching and I feel c$*p... My relationship isn't going great and I've had to communicate with my ex husband which I hate!! Got sparkling water in fr tonight x

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Thanks Carol,
I hope to awake as a SANE PERSON tomorrow morning. Wish me luck!!!

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Oh Brenda. Wow, that was sooo honest & clear. Isn't it wonderful , though, that we have this wonderful forum, to share, vent, and come to for support! Nothing else like it, in the real world. Sending you lots of hugs . . . sorry you're going through so much. emoticon


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OMG, raising teenagers!!!
My three teens are just being who they are and where they are at, but I find a ton of unpleasantries lately.
My oldest will be leaving "forever" to join the military as an officer. She's made a 10 year commitment. We are "dropping her off" in two weeks. I'm sure she's in some kind of mild anxiety/panic/sadness mode that she doesn't even recognize because her mood has been quite B1tchy. She'll also be losing the regular communication and friendship with her best friend: her twin. Very different dynamics that will require a huge adjustment.
Today, I picked up my youngest from a specialized day camp. Basically, we're pay over $300 for the week and the main activity is to make a computer game. When I pick him up the "program director" asks me how's the camp going... I have no idea other than the first day was kinda rough. On the way home I find out that my son doesn't know what he's doing and they aren't helping him (and it doesn't help that he refuses their help because it's embarrassing) so he sits and does nothing while waiting for everyone else to finish.
Anyhow, I'm furious by the time I get home, and call but no one is there. So I have to interrupt my work day tomorrow to deal with these people in person. Why did they not say anything to me earlier other than ask a general question??? Honestly, I get so tired being between my son and teachers/instructors --- it's such a difficult task to find out the FACTS of what's going on... he doesn't talk to me (and has a very one-sided view when he does.) and the adults don't really seem to give much of a cr@p!!!
Yesterday, I wanted to "turn over a new leaf" and started a more challenging workout program, and was AF for the first time in a long time. I had full intentions to stay on track today too, but after this happened, broke my AF and started eating all kinds of cr@p (no, not literally, that would be gross emoticon )
Honestly, I think I try to keep my "chin up" about supporting my son through his life (he's only 12) but I am deep down dismayed that this is a never-ending job and my husband can do little else other than listen to me (which is huge compared to some other fathers). I can honestly admit that I drink alcohol to help numb me and my feelings, even though I know it's not a good solution: it hurts my health, and may even jeopardize my livelihood some day.

Oh boy, that was honest and clear... something I could state on SP, but not to my real life friends emoticon
but let's face it, all of us go through things from one time or other...
Tomorrow is a new day...


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Well I managed to stay AF too today!! And I went to a counseling session and she suggested I attend an "Overeaters Anonymous" meeting because of the community/support group (in person) it would offer. I told her I hesitated about the AA thing because I don't view myself as an alcoholic (although the number of drinks I consume in a week - by any professionals' standard would be a BIG red flag), this meeting is structured in the same way - 12 steps... I figure I have nothing to lose because yesterday I BINGED big time on FOOD. It's all emotional eating/drinking and if I can get rid of the 'garbage' that triggers it - I can then be on my way to being healthier for GOOD!

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7/14/14 3:53 P

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Helene,

I never thought having a teenager would so hard - i am lost with mine - I keep trying to rise above her moods, sullenness & unwillingness to let me in despite me seeing her in so much emotional & mental pan.

So I understand the need for a drink! I challenged myself tonight to go into the supermarket to get a few bits without going to the alcohol aisle!! God I was tempted but then I thought of posting on here!!

I walked out with my head high! No booze and ready to tackle tomorrow!! X

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7/13/14 11:48 A

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I need accountability too SCRUMPTIOUSK - I have been drinking pretty much daily again and in anyone's measure other than my own it would be to excess and I know it has to stop - but dealing with my teens leads me to gravitate to the alcohol to numb the stress and pain of it all - when it fact it does not help.

I have been hibernating - unwell and feeling lost again - like this vicious cycle I am stuck in and I need to get out once and for all. Going back to see a counselor for myself next week and may even look into support groups and perhaps even explore AA.

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It's been a whiles!! Right I need accountability ! I am now drinking 4 nights out of 7...no more but no less...My intake is not excessive... my 13yr old is struggling with life which means I, in turn, struggle to..tired of being tired, existing daily and being 2 stone 10lb over weight :( the alcohol needs to go not just to get back on track but to help my emotional health xx

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7/9/14 12:47 P

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That's interesting, Helene . . . thanks for sharing!

Sometimes you do just need a change. And you are just the right, determined person to do it . . . . go for it! emoticon emoticon
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7/8/14 8:51 A

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My Angel Reading for this week very a propos about me needing to truly abstain and detox for a while...

It's a powerful week for you, as you make important positive shifts! You may feel guided to detox at the beginning of the week, and you'll have heavenly support so that you crave more healthful foods and beverages. This detox leads you to face feelings, take a personal inventory and realize which situations and relationships are toxic and need healing or letting go, Facing these situations and feelings head-on allows you heal and improve everything! You'll lose the fear of what others may think, and begin to express your creativity in new and exciting ways . .. which attracts new friends and business opportunities.


It's time for a CHANGE.

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Thanks for the goodie and words of support Elle! I did it - I stayed AF - although I did cave in to MacDonald's... after which I watched the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" - which was truly inspiring. I think once I have a week of being AF under my belt I'm going to consider doing a 10 day juice fast. I think my body can definitely use the reboot!

Oh - and while I watched the video - I did one hour of exercise emoticon

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You can do this Helene. Stay strong and think of how great you will feel in the morning!
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I am really struggling today- would be day 3 AF. I am tired from so little sleep the past two nights with the heatwave. I am having hot flashes, headache because of the temperature change and I am CRAVING drinks - not just one either. My kids are gone out - I'm alone here on Canada Day - talk about the whole HALT theory - I think I'm feeling every one of them. I can't sleep it's too hot. I can't do anything productive like clean or exercise because it's too hot and I don't feel well. So I may cave - to some not so great foods, but I guess if I don't drive out to go get drinks or a drink - it will be a success... I'm just not feeling really good about it today. I'm not sure where I will end up - it's now almost 4.. and I'm debating about going for a drive... if for nothing else than to cool off.

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I needed to read it too with a few too many days in a row of NOT exercising, and overeating/drinking. It's all about focusing on that 'end' goal for me and visualizing the weather when I will be wearing a bathing suit... which will be in May for me when I go to Barbados. I have to keep seeing that picture when temptation comes calling and replace the craving with some pushups or some kind of sprint exercise to change my thoughts. Imagine if we exercised every time we had a craving?!

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Thank you, Helene, for this thread. I am indeed bouncing back from last night, where I had 3 glasses of wine. Pretty unusual for me to have that much. I feel pretty blicky this morning. I bought wine and sushi dinner, and my daughter and I watched "West Side Story" (we're theatre nerds) all in celebration of good news I received from my tax guy. (I'm getting a refund--woohoo!) So I felt like celebrating. But now I am beating myself up.

Reading your words about stopping that downward spiral are very helpful to me this morning. I have goals for myself, my body, my health, and I feel good about achieving them. I love how regular exercise makes me feel so good. I hate how too much wine messes with my sleep cycle, makes me look puffy, etc. I look forward to being MOD and only having a bit of wine here and there.

Today, I'll drink lots of water to flush out my system and try to get a little exercise in. Maybe another cuppa to wake myself up some more. And tomorrow is a new day!

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Thanks for sharing. A great idea!

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Nice idea for a thread, Helene. And nicely worded . . . I may have to come back here once in a while, as it will be helpful to re-read when those situations happen--and unfortunately that's a given. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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From today's Spark Coach - I felt it warranted sharing (be sure to check the new link I posted too - SP PANIC! Button for Immediate Help in the "Results" forum). www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
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While the write up speaks to mostly 'food' stuff, I think we can relate to it with respect to drinks too!
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Think back to the last time you made a mistake on your journey. Perhaps you were too busy at work to eat lunch, causing you to binge later on due to extreme hunger. Maybe you chose to hit snooze and skip your morning workout. Or perhaps you went on vacation, attended a party, or traveled for work and didn't make the best choices about what to eat. Whatever happened last time, take a moment to think about the situation--and how you responded afterward.

Did you decide that you had "blown it" and that you'd might as well keep spiraling downward away from your goals? Did you concede that you were a failure and take another few days (or even weeks) before "getting back on track" again?

Somehow, when we're in the moment, these ideas make sense to us. If you overeat by 300 calories, you decide you'd might as well keep going to turn it into 500 or even 1,000 excess calories. But thinking about it now, you probably realize just how illogical that rationale is, right?

These situations are a part of life. And they are going to continue to creep in and affect your goals. There will always be parties, travel, stress and busy periods that make it hard for you to stick to your ideal plan. And you're human, which means that you will make mistakes. But what defines you and your lifestyle is how you approach, react to, and move on from these mistakes. Of course, the smartest and best thing you can do is to simply accept the mistake, learn from it, think about what you did and how you could try to do it differently next time--and just move forward. Don't let the downward spiral continue. One step back, two steps forward, remember? This is a crucial skill to develop in order to stick to your plan for the long term.

So next time it happens, remember this coaching session. Take a deep breath. Forgive yourself. And choose to move forward in the right direction.

Edited by: SEPTEMBERSPIRIT at: 2/5/2014 (08:12)
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