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If you were talking with a good friend who got off track, you would be kind and compassionate. You would encourage your friend to keep trying and that success will come. Try that compassion with yourself. If you stick with it, you will make!
I have a hard time planning meals and making a shopping list because what I've planned for may turn out to be too expensive, or I unexpectedly find another (healthy!) option that sounds better than what I planned. However, mindless wandering ends in disaster! Instead, I let myself wander the perimeter of the store, where even impulse buys will be healthy, but make a specific list for items I need from the center aisles. It gives my more freedom when I shop, but still keeps me from buying cookies!!
I tried six months doing 45-60 minutes of high intensity aerobics. After a while, I plateaued and was really discouraged. Since November I've been focusing weight lifting at the limit of my ability and this time the weight went much faster. I was a size 6/8 and now I'm a size 2/4.
The only time I've got Netflix on is while I'm on the treadmill, adjusting the speed and incline every once in a while. Next thing you know the show is over and I've got 45-55 minutes of exercise for the day and I don't feel guilty for watching a favourite show.
Getting back on track has been easier than I thought it would be. Instead of trying to take my weight loss goal and the time from here to there as a big chunk and a long way off, I'm tracking my food one day at a time, one meal at a time. Thank you Spark People!