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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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Never give up

In the last year I have fallen off the edge of the Sparkworld because very bad things have happened in my life. But not life and death bad, but bad enough. I gained back about 50 of the 100 pounds I lost. My wife, who got the worse end of the bad thing, is staying positive. While I am stress eating ...

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Cut out soda and high calorie drinks

About 3 years ago I was in one of the 5% challenges. And the first thing I did was to give up soda and high calorie drinks. Then starting eating my veggies just once a day to start increasing my veggies intake to the daily required amount. And walk every other day on my treadmill. I did a Spring, Su...

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Get back on Track and Moving..

All of a sudden I was a single Parent that I knew I had no skills I needed to go back to College and had three active girls in School and worked a part time job went to College daytime and a part time job that paid almost nothing.. One good thing I didn't sit in a chair.. but many do... I did my Hom...

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Starting again AGAIN

In my entire journey here on Sparks, I've only had to start over (36 lb gain after a 136 lb loss).
I allowed life to get in the way, or maybe I should say I allowed death to get in the way with the deaths of my parents, 15 months apart.
I believe starting again after a gain is harder then just...

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Over Coming Sugar Cravings!

As many of us on diets know, sweets are some of the hardest things to resist and the craving for sweets can sometime become unbearable! Many of us believe that in order to overcome sweet cravings, we have go cold-turkey on sweets. I have tried to lose weight many times and have failed. I believed t...

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Write it down

I found that one way to be successful is to write everything down. That means everything: food, drinks (yes water too), exercise, feelings.

It feels good to get it down and out of your head. I had a hard time with this at first, but after getting off track so many times and not...

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Drink diet green tea to get on track

Lipton Diet Green Tea, Citrus or Mixed Berry, or my own green iced tea with stevia, lemon slices, lime slices.

I use this on trips (the bottled Liptons) to keep on track. I will often make my own at home because I do try to avoid too many artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

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Occupy your hands to curb evening snacking.

I have found that there is a relationship to mindless snacking while relaxing watching TV in the evenings and idle hands. When I knit, crochet or hand sew I don't keep getting up and down to the pantry looking for something to eat. The fact that I don't want to dirty the item I am working on means ...

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On Track after Gastric Bypass Surgery

Angie has spent much of her life on a roller coaster of weight loss and weight regain. She went through stages where she would starve herself and times when she gained weight quickly. She tried 357ís in high school (caffeine pills with 357 grams of caffeine) only to cause thyroid and pituitary gland...

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Baby Steps Count!

Don't beat yourself up! Take those baby steps that worked in the past

Since you have had past success in any area, you know you can do it again.One step a day gets you one step closer to your goals than you were yesterday.

It is easy to get overwhelmed when you reach for that final goa...

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