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12/15/09 6:34 A

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Irene,
You are doing what you have committed yourself to do.
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12/14/09 9:22 P

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I was so on plan all day today. Tomorrow evening is our Landlords Christmas dinner. I need to be OP everyday during December as much as possible.

I went to the gym and did my two mile walk, then did 30 Min of weight lifting.

Irene from Missouri

Any type of action always drives motivation.

"Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another." - John Dewey


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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,997
12/14/09 1:53 P

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Dot,
You have already taken the first step of returning to your plan. You have made the decision to make changes, and you are actively taking steps to do so.
There will always be those days when we stray from our chosen path. However, it is important to remember that there are many opportunities to make choices. You may have not made what you consider the best choices each time but you did make some positive choices along the way. Each time you resisted or moved or drank water or ate something nutritious rather than simply empty calories you made the best choice you could at the moment and that should be recognized and not lost in all of the focus we put on our slips. This is a difficult time and every healthy choice is cause for celebration.
It has been said that each day is a new beginning and we are able to start it with a clean slate. I believe this is true. However, I also believe that every moment provides an opportunity to decide our direction. You are doing a great job-returning to your plan as quickly as you have. You are not alone, as many of us on this journey share the struggle.
Have a great day!
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Edited by: HUNGRYWOMAN2 at: 12/14/2009 (13:56)
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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,997
12/14/09 1:35 P

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Nancy,
Some days are more difficult than others to remain motivated. Sometimes we just do it anyway. It is by taking one step at a time we reach our goals-some days they may be a bit smaller yet never should they be discounted. You have a good ability to use the variety of tools at your disposal. Lists are often extremely helpful. It isn't always easy to change our routine, but the fact you are willing to change your exercise is testimony to your adapting to circumstances. The weather often complicates things, and being out is better for many than using a treadmill. I suppose it is off to the dentist for me.
Have a great day!

Teresa






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12/14/09 1:27 P

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Mimi,
Good job! It is evident you have learned from experience how to handle difficult situations. It has been documented both eperientially and by research that many eating patterns are the result of emotion. Learning to handle our daily stressors appropriately will improve our health in many ways-including our eating habits. I agree 100% that the greatest rewards from making positive food choices is improved physical and emotional well-being.
Have a healthy day!

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DOT121 Posts: 3,903
12/14/09 10:11 A

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HI,

I had a bad eating weekend. I really went off the wagon. Ironcially, I was never satisfied.

I nned to regroup and get BOT.

Toady is a new day and I will be O.P. and going to the fitness center.

I need support and I will take it 1 day at a tiem.

Dot

GOOD HEALTH & HAPPINESS TO YOU ALL, DOT

"THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE. LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD".
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12/14/09 9:37 A

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Mimi,

You did great! You should be so proud of yourself. Parties are very difficult for me to stay on track.

I am staying OP today. I am having difficulty getting motivated, but I have a list and I'm going to get moving. Because of the weather and my desire to run outside today, I've changed the time of my cardio for today to after lunch. I'm hoping it will be nice enough and I can avoid the treadmill. If not, it's there for me:)

I am feeling very hungry today. I'm concentrating on healthy choices and working hard to stay away from the junk today.

I have my new tracker and I'm tracking everything!

~Nancy



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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,431
12/14/09 8:29 A

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Good morning everyone

Yesterday I went to a party with lots of foods. I chose healthy salads and I avoided foods that looked rich.
I skipped the desserts and ate only fresh fruits (my favorite!) and when I came home I ate MacDonald's Vanilla frozen yogurt (3 points).
The scale followed my actions!

In the past, I would eat anything my heart desired, and it would take me weeks and more to get rid of the weight of only ONE meal indulgence.

Now, when I really want to indulge and eat a lot, I do my best to plan it ahead and fit it into my program. I enjoy evry second of it!

I talked in the party with some people who lost weight on healthy programs and kept it off, and they all agreed that the physical HUNGER factor is so minimal. It's the EMOTIONAL hunger that we struggle with...stress. tired, bored, happy...etc... (99.9% of the program is about emotional eating)
They all also agreed that it's still a daily "struggle" or "watching carefully" following the program.
They also agreed that when we start maintenance, we actually don't get too many extra points (calories) to "play" with.

They all agreed that the benefits are wonderful and being healthy is the best thing for us.

Hard work? YES for me!
And if I can do it, just imagine what YOU can do!!!



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12/13/09 4:41 P

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Persistence! Not Perfection!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to our team's Chat Cafe.
We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy chatting with us.
We are passionate about health and about living a healthy lifestyle!
The Outcome? We are losing the weight and keeping it off for a lifetime - ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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Please join our one day mini challenge anytime, following your own plan.

ONE DAY AT A TIME!
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Let's celebrate being "ON PLAN/MOVE" just for TODAY! emoticon

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Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".



Not on plan just for today?
Tomorrow is a new fresh day.
Congratulations on starting over.
Forget, forgive and move on!

Evaluate what caused you to slip, the situation, and where it might have occurred.
See that you can learn from your slip.

REMEMBER!!!
Slips should teach you, not defeat you!


Accept that sometimes itís going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of crisps. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. Itís picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again.
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Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!

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One Day at a Time

Whatever the goal we're pursuing,
no matter how rugged the climb,
we're certain to get there
by trying our best,
and taking One Day At A Time.

"Forever" is hard to imagine,
"the future" may seem far away-
but every new dawn
brings a wonderful chance
to do what we can on that day.

-Emily Matthews

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START OVER

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal
And you've really tried with your heart and your soul,
but somehow things got out of control---
START OVER.

When you've tried your best to do what you should
And you thought this time that you surely would,
But once again, you didn't do good---
START OVER.

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieters way
And you fought to win a victory each day.
But one more time you went astray---
START OVER.

When you've tried so hard to yourself to be true
And do the things that you know you should do,
But once again you failed to come through---
START OVER.

When the road to success seemed much too long
And each temptation was oh so strong
And once again you gave in to wrong---
START OVER.

When you've told your friends what you planned to do
And trusted them to help you through
But soon discovered it's up to you---
START OVER.

When you know you must be physically fit,
But your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit
That's not the time for you to quit---
START OVER.

When the week seems long and successes few
And at weigh-in time you're feeling blue,
Remember tomorrow is just for you---
START OVER.

To start again means a victory's been won
And starting over again means a race well run
And starting over again proves it can be done
So don't just sit there---
START OVER

~~ Author Unknown ~~


After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies.
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emoticon I saw the "NECKLACE (CHAIN) GAME" somewhere and I liked it.

I thought you might like it too.

You can make your own beautiful necklace (or a chain) by being OP (On Plan), using the emoticons provided here on SP.

*** You can also play this game for one week at a time (or month...etc...) and build a new necklace every week if you wish (or a month...etc...)

*** Please feel free to make adjustments and changes to the "NECLACE GAME" as you wish.

Congratulations on being On Plan, and if not, congratulations on starting over!

NOTE!
Please read Rule # 3 below. It's an excellent motivating rule to stick to your Necklace game, which means: sticking with your weight-loss journey.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAME

1. For every day you are ON PLAN (OP) you put in your necklace (chain ) the letter D ( for a DAY). So, if you are OP for 4 days in a row, your necklace looks like that: D - D - D - D

It's nicer to use the "EMOTICONS"
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2. Once you are OP for 7 days, you change it to W ( For a week) .
Example: If I'm OP for 19 days, my necklace ( or chain) looks like that: W - W - D - D - D - D - D
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If you prefer to wear a longer necklace, you can WEAR it this way too:( instead of a W for a week, put 7 "D"'S, like this: D - D - D - D - D - D - D-

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3. If you are FULL MONTH OP, It becomes M ( For a MONTH). So, if you are OP 49 days in a row, ( on a 31 days a month),your necklace will look like that: M - W - W - D - D - D - D
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RULES OF THE GAME .

1. It's a challenge for yourself , NOT A COMPETITION WITH OTHERS.

2. The first day you BREAK the necklace (chain), you start playing the game all over again , (only if you have used already all of your extra 3500 calories for the month : See Rule # 3), and build your necklace ( chain ) once more from the beginning.

3. RULE # 3 IS VERY IMPORTANT .
PLEASE READ IT !
IT IS A GOOD RULE TO HELP YOU STICK TO THE NECKLACE- GAME .
In order to learn NOT to be perfect, and in order To BE realistic,( we will always have days we are not OP) , YOU MAY HAVE ( if you choose to) UP TO 3500 EXTRA CALORIES each MONTH IN ADDITION TO YOUR regular diet.
You can still CONTINUE to built your necklace(chain)!

The idea here is that the extra 3500 calories amount only to 1 pound gain in one month period, while an average of 2-4 pounds loss per month is VERY reasonable with being OP.
You will still be AHEAD OF THE GAME at the end of each month if you need to add up to extra 3500 calories in a month, providing you are otherwise OP.

The second idea is that once you've built a large chain,( many days OP), you want to keep going building the chain,( rather than break it and start all the way from the beginning again), and rule # 3 allows you to do that , WHILE YOU CONTINUE TO LOSE WEIGHT.
4. Keep your own records.
THAT INCLUDES ALSO KEEPING RECORDS OF THE OPTION TO USE UP TO 3500 calories EACH MONTH. ( when we go off plan).
5. Post your NECKLACE (chain) every day.

I hope you enjoy the game.


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Teresa






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