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3/10/08 8:21 P

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Thanks for sharing. This is one worth bookmarking and coming back to often. Great reminder and a great motivator too.

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3/4/08 4:20 A

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Thanks, that was refreshing emoticon

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3/3/08 9:26 P

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What a wonderful article...thanks so much for posting!

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3/3/08 7:43 P

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so true

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MICHELLEANN68 Posts: 107
3/3/08 7:26 P

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Thanks for this.. it is a good reminder. My acupuncturist and I were talking about this topic last week. I have been eating 90% clean and working out and doing everything "correctly" and still the little line on the scale has not moved... she reminded me that I just need to build on my success and not pay attention to it and my body will find its balance.

This is the first time I have really made a health commitment rather then a weight one and it is hard everyday.. but it does get easier to make better decisions and feels less like something I have to do and more like something I want to do. It is an evolution in thinking and hopefully the weight will follow as well.

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3/3/08 5:44 P

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what a great boost for a monday, thanks for the great article!


 
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3/3/08 5:30 P

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Thanks for the great post!

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3/3/08 4:28 P

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Thank you so much for this article.....I can so relate. So many times i have fallen off the wagon and given up.....this time is different. The weight loss is very slow due to medications I am on, the changes in my lifestyle are WONDERFUL.....why didn't I figure this out when I was younger......I am just so happy I am working on it now. I feel great and I know eventually the weight will come off!!



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3/3/08 3:43 P

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Good prospective, it has never taken me so long to lose weight in my life. When the scale didn't move again today, I think I felt all of the emotions mentioned.

Thanks for sharing


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3/3/08 3:15 P

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Great article - thanks for posting.

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3/3/08 3:04 P

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This is great! Thanks for posting. It helps keep things in perspective for the long run. :)

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3/3/08 3:02 P

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Mantra for march; hmmmm...this is going to be a thread

Strive for excellence, not perfection dear.

Also, "always do your best" is another March mantra for me.

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3/3/08 2:55 P

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Terrific article! Through the month of February I have come to those exact conclusions. I have always tried to reach perfection. All or nothing was my favorite saying the last couple of years. Once I "fell off the wagon" I decided that it was useless to try. NOW I am changing my thinking. Positive thinking and believing in the plan I set up for myself. I am older and it is harder to get back into shape, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth striving for. Realizing that it takes a little longer than before is setting me free to follow what I know works for me.

I WILL succeed! I am in no hurry! That scale does not dictate what kind of person I am. Spark is helping me make small changes that will become habit over time. Eating well and exercising is not a chore - it is your right to live well and make the most of every single day!

Someone that was very wise helped me put that scale away and not focus on weight. I wonder who that was? ! emoticon

Thanks for the article

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3/3/08 2:43 P

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Just read it :)

“Fall seven times, get up eight.” - Japanese Proverb

It doesn’t matter how often you fall. What matters is how you land and where you end up. Cats have nine lives, and always seem to get second chances. Cats also land on their feet whenever they fall. Coincidence?

In the years ahead, you’ll go through successes and failures, highs and lows, steps forward and steps back, times of plenty and times of difficulty. When the dust settles and the books of life are squared away, you’re doing well if you come out the other side better, stronger and happier for the experience.

Some see weight loss and healthy living as struggles. Usually, it’s because they have an all-or-nothing approach that only accepts perfection. Faced with anything less than 100% success, they fall into guilty despair, convinced that they’ve failed. Then they revert to old habits and the cycle starts over again.

We don’t see it that way. Healthy living is a process of learning. Life doesn’t always pan out like you thought, and fate has a toolbox full of wrenches to throw into your plans. Dieting setbacks can show up in a lot of ways. Do any of these look familiar from your dieting past?
Plateaus: “The scale is simply not moving, and I’m getting frustrated.”

Burnout: “I just can’t keep up this tough regimen anymore.”

Weak Moments: “I had a really bad week, and spent all weekend eating cheeseburgers and donuts.”

Discouragement: “I’m never going to make it all the way, I might as well give up.”

Interruptions: “Why did I have to get sick now?”

Injuries: “Can’t believe I pulled a muscle right when I was starting to see progress.”
Since you’re developing a new, healthy lifestyle, you can do things differently this time. Instead of expecting perfection, you can concentrate on damage control, on bouncing back. Here are four strategies to help you along:


Keep a positive attitude
Several studies have shown that optimists reach more goals than pessimists. They see more success not because they fail less often, but because they get back up more often. People with positive attitudes see setbacks for what they really are. When you have a setback, it’s not a brick wall that must be climbed (or that can stop progress altogether). You’ve merely met a gate; it may delay you for a second, but if you open that gate and move through it, you’ll soon be on your way.


Trust in your plan
You spent a lot of time setting up a smart dieting plan with smart strategies that made sense for your tastes and your life. You laid out the steps you needed to take to move steadily forward. You knew that weight loss was just a matter of time if you followed that consistent plan. Well, what was true in the beginning is still true, even after you have a setback. The same plan will work. If you get back on the horse and keep riding, all the work you’ve done to this point won’t go to waste. Remember that you can do this because you’re doing it the right way.


Believe in yourself
Self-discipline can be hard. But you have the skills and knowledge to overcome that hurdle often enough to build healthy habits. If things go wrong or you make a mistake, instead of beating yourself up, give yourself a pep talk. You are worth the effort. Your weight loss goals and new lifestyle deserve another shot. After all, you’re already doing more than most people even try to do.


Give yourself good reasons to keep going
Return to the basics of motivation to get back on track. What were your main motivations from the Motivation Exercise? Who can you reconnect with that might give you a lift? Have you been rewarding your good behavior often enough? The answers to these questions may hold a golden nugget of motivation that you may have forgotten about. You can also find sources of motivation in the Motivation Resource Center.
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