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1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward

Don't Let a Setback Stop You from Pushing Ahead


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  • A wonderful article! I am living proof of this. I originally started with Spark People two years ago last December weighing 245 pounds, and got down to 180 within ten months. Then I slipped and went back up to 200. Determined not to give up, I hovered there for another ten months before dragging myself back on the wagon and moving forward.

    On a recent vacation, I gained five pounds, but quickly lost them again once I was home and back in my routine. Now I'm moving forward more determined than ever. Slips-ups happen, people, but they don't have to mean the end! Like Mike said, try to figure out a better strategy for the future and keep walking forward. It's a win/win situation!

    Thanks again, Mike! I love reading your articles.

  • Thanks for the inspriation & motivation. I really needed that! I got back on track 2 days ago after having one bad day. I thought I was going to start over, instead I started with where I was suppose to be. Thanks for reminding me that I'm human!
  • Thanks for this. I used to just eat yuck for days or months or years after a choice I regretted, feeling hopeless. Now I just get up, dust myself off, get into the truth of what reality is- read my Bible & remember what has been accomplished. Now I pray and move on, much much quicker by focusing on the truth. Life is so much more enjoyable when you LIVE it rather than watch from sidelines feeling guilty & thinking you cannot accomplish anything. This year, I want to really live my life, enjoying & savoring moments that will not come again. Each minute, each day, is a new moment to enjoy. Jesus died to set us free, I am free indeed!
  • Thanks for the motivation to keep me on track. I always like the thought that in baseball if you get a hit 3 times out of 10, you are considered a great hitter. 4 times out of 10 is such a rarity no one has done it in ~70 years.

    K, time for some celery with low-fat cream cheese!
  • I agree with your principle. I want to move away from "steps back" and "steps forward" thinking, though.

    "Steps back" still sounds like I did something wrong. I may, in fact, have made a conscious decision to step to the side for a meal or a day or a vacation. If it's to be a true lifestyle change, it can't be a linear journey. It's more like a ballroom dance, maybe a tango. It's a coming together and moving away, over and over again. Overall, though, if done with care and planning, it's a thing of beauty.

    I went on a fabulous vacation last week. I absolutely knew that I was going to eat whatever great food I wanted, even dessert sometimes. I knew that I would drink whatever I wanted. I would also drink my water and eat lightly when I could. And I would exercise more than I used to on vacation. I gained a few pounds in that week. And, when I got back to drinking all my water, staying to the bottom of my calorie range, and exercising, I lost the 6.5 pounds I gained almost immediately.

    Not a step back or a step forward, just a fabulous twirl!
  • This is a great article for those days that didn't go the way you plan them, I love the quotes at the beginning.
    FANTASTIC!!!! The week after Thanksgiving I got sick and haven't really worked out since because I lost motivation. This Article did it for. The Motivation has returned and I'm excited again. YAY!!!!
  • Great article! A total reminder to not always look how far I have to go to goal, but to stop and look how far I have actually come! And, to be gentle with myself. After all persistence pays off and the hare did win the race, right? To your health....
    This is one of my favorite quotes to remember and has gotten me through lots of obstacles.
    This is a fantastic post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Obviously, the comments speak for themselves.
  • Wow! I really needed to read this article this morning. I feel like I have been struggling lately. Between holidays, birthdays, FREEZING weather, and all the other hustle and bustle of the season it has just been hard to maintain any type of consistency. I actually had the thought last night "what's the point?!" I am the point! I know that and I am not giving up. I just have to accept that there will be days (or times of year) that will be a struggle) but I can't give up!!!

    Moving forward...
    Perfect read for this time of year. There will always be times we aren't as dedicated as usual, but with all the Christmas fun, it's easy to give up. Thanks for reminding us that we don't have go down the 'all or nothing' road!
  • this describes my journey, what I needed today
  • Great way to look at things in a different perspective & I will be utilizing this in changing my thinking! Thanks for sharing!
    " things as right as possible, as much as you can."
    Thank you for these inspiring and comforting words. They allow us to get through those days that somehow get completely out of our control, without being consumed by guilt because we didn't perfectly follow "the plan". So today wasn't perfect - we're still a whole lot further ahead than we were before, and tomorrow will be better.

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