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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT
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2/25/14 12:39 P

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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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2/25/14 12:01 P

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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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2/10/14 10:58 A

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Thanks for sharing. A great idea!

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2/5/14 12:44 P

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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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2/5/14 8:08 A

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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/messageboard_t
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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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