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Getting Back On Track Secrets

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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One step at at time


During my weight loss journey I have fallen off the plan many times, sometimes for a day sometimes for several months. If its a day I simply tell myself, "that's O.K. You relaxed yesterday and now you just need to do what you know how to do. So do it." Everyone needs to take a break. Its importa...

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Agua talking to me?

Yes, I meant to write Agua, otherwise known as water, Aqua and of course delicious everyday anytime beverage.
Drinking water is the one thing I can hold on to. When I want to eat a lot of junk, I make sure to still drink my water, and try to replace other beverage choices with water. When...

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Restraint is not my greatest strength

My greatest weakness and source of a lot of laughter is that I have no filter between my brain and mouth. If I think it I say it and most of the time it's not a bad thing at all. However every now and then I say something I think is funny or insightful and it turns out I hurt a feeling or two. I cha...

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You must be present to win

I have been a Sparkpeople member since 2012. I have not been active all that time however. I've been a stalker more or less, lurking in the shadows, reading content from time to time, logging my food intake on occasion. Since the first of the year, I've made a commitment to be more involved. I'v...

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Every day is a new day

Treat everyday as a new day. Don't let a bad meal or not exercising discourage you and get you off track. Be proud of your accomplishments but do not lean on them and allow your self to slack off because of what you did the day before.

One day of over eating didn't cause you to be unhealthy....

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Planning for Ash Wednesday

This weekend begins a HUGE planned fall, with Superbowl Sunday, Chinese New Year (Monday), and Mardi Gras on Tuesday.

Sunday - Superbowl Sunday. We don't celebrate Superbowl, but we go out to eat because the restaurants are empty! (makes us feel clever.) We have been planning to visit a tac...

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WILL BE BACK ON TRACK ASH WEDNESDAY

I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fas...

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Trust The Process

What I learned about everyday life is that everything starts with a thought and if you can change the way you process your thoughts you can change many areas of your life. If you want to lose weight, stop a bad habit, need motivation, or whatever you set out to do first think about what your thinkin...

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Plan and track your meals

This is my umpteenth time trying to lose weight. What is working this time that I did before, but got lazy about later? Planning and tracking!

We keep hearing that journaling everything will work. We keep hearing that planning and tracking what you eat before you eat it, or immediately afte...

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Allow Yourself Mistakes

I don't know if this can count as a secret to success since I don't know if I would consider myself "successful" at this point. But I'm definitely feeling hopeful, rather than guilty or upset. But ultimately, the best way to get back on track is to allow yourself to make mistakes and then promptly...

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