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1 Step Back, 2 Steps Forward

Don't Let a Setback Stop You from Pushing Ahead

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  • 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! - 12/9/2010 6:18:07 PM
  • This is a great article for those days that didn't go the way you plan them, I love the quotes at the beginning. - 12/9/2010 4:53:00 PM
  • SAMGOODMAN
    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!!!! - 12/9/2010 2:43:31 PM
  • 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.... - 12/9/2010 11:30:22 AM
  • DORENC
    This is one of my favorite quotes to remember and has gotten me through lots of obstacles. - 12/9/2010 7:58:55 AM
  • OUTDOORSDC
    This is a fantastic post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Obviously, the comments speak for themselves. - 12/9/2010 7:28:05 AM
  • 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... - 12/9/2010 6:49:34 AM
  • PENNY-WISE
    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! - 12/9/2010 6:26:34 AM
  • this describes my journey, what I needed today - 12/9/2010 6:26:32 AM
  • Great way to look at things in a different perspective & I will be utilizing this in changing my thinking! Thanks for sharing! - 11/8/2010 1:57:17 PM
  • GLADIOLAGLENDA
    "...do 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. - 10/11/2010 10:59:34 PM
  • Just what I needed to read. Thanks Mike! - 10/9/2010 10:17:26 PM
  • Great reminder that perfection is not possible, but perseverance and striving for excellence are. We CAN do this! - 10/8/2010 6:50:23 PM
  • Thanks for your insight and reminder that even if we fall by the way side now and then, it is only temporary. Expecting perfection is a human trait even if it is not realistic, so onward and upward to healthy living. . - 10/8/2010 5:27:59 PM
  • LORALEID
    This article is so poignant and practical whether we are talking about weight loss plans, healthy nutrition, direct marketing or just daily life! Thanks so much for posting this awesome article and I have shared it all over the place! ~L - 10/8/2010 4:47:03 PM

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