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Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?

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Never Give Up

Have you thought about throwing it all away? Have you told yourself that you will never complete your goal? Have you seen your goals slip away faster than a rabbit down the hole?

So you might slip here and there. So your inner voice says "it's too late" or "you've messed up yet again." So you...

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30 Day No Cheats/No Sweets

Whenever I find I need a reset, I always commit to tracking for thirty days. I don't allow myself ANY sugar additives or sweets or desserts during this time. I also make sure I'm drinking the recommended eight glasses of water per day.

I've found that if I stick with this plan for thirty day...

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Don't Give Up

In 2011 I started walking everyday, strength training for a half hour three times a week, changed my diet, only drank water, I lost around 105 lbs and almost reversed my diabetes, I even got over my anxiety enough to go to college. In 2013 I was sexually assaulted and the police refused to do an inv...

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Fighting and winning over food cravings

I can lose weight and control my food cravings when I eat whole minimally processed foods. After a few days the cravings go away and I feel great.
Packaged chips, cookies, cakes and the usual restaurant fare cause me to want to eat more and more of the same.
Real food: whole grains, minimally...

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Track absolutely everything

I've found the best way to get back on track (or to bust through a plateau) is to write down EVERYTHING. It gives me a great idea of where to start (or what areas to refocus on), and helps me see what I need to work on. It works every single time.

Tracking everything you eat helps you honestl...

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What helps me so far

I tend to find that if I don't snack after dinner then I lose weight or at least not snacking or binge at night does help.

Also if you really must have junk food, limit it to something small or once a week. So that changing a lifestyle doesn't become a chore.

Reward yourself with a tr...

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Binge me NOT

You know, I did not realize until recently that I was a binge eater. Yep, somehow over the years, I have been letting emotions, boredom, stress, and other factors get in the way of healthy eating.

How did that happen? I know what I was working full time shift work, the shifts we worked were ...

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Face the Fear, Not the Food

When life is stressful, it can be so overwhelming. Whether it's caused by work or personal problems, it can be so hard to resist the temptation to binge eat when you're feeling down.

Facing your problems is hard. Avoidance seems a billion times easier short-term...but long-term it's actually ...

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This isn't some zero-sum game.

For too many years, I have fallen into the trap of GOOD vs BAD. But life isn't so black and white. On the contrary. There are choices, good choices and better choices. But more than that, nothing is a "perfect" choice, so I can stop viewing my inability to achieve "perfect" as failure and a reason...

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Start an Exercise Streak!

I first joined SparkPeople 9 years ago. It was the catalyst I needed to lose weight and get back to exercising. Upon signing on I received a message from some man who called himself "Sparkguy". SparkGuy? Are you kidding me? Well, I come to find out he is the guy who started SparkPeople. After maki...

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