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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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Don't Wait for Tomorrow: Start Today

When you put off diet change, exercise, etc till tomorrow you will find that tomorrow never comes. You forget, find an excuse, or just loose motivation. Start today; even if it's drinking an extra glass of water of going for a short walk after a meal; you'll thank yourself tomorrow.

- Submitted by EVILDUCKS 3/31/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Slowly move forward, never move backward

Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges ahead for getting fit and healthy? The secret is to start with the tiniest improvement and then slowly, steadily add to it, never moving backwards. For example, the first day do just one sit up. Day two add another. Every day add one, never subtract! - and soon you'll be doing a full routine. Same with food: Day one: Eat half a bagel, instead of a full bagel. The next day, eat a quarter bagel, day three, no bagel. Slow and steady wins the race! emoticon

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Don't Judge Yourself - Just Move Forward

When you have eaten more than your recommended calories or skipped a workout or ate that full bag of chips, don't beat yourself up! Still be sure to track whatever you ate, but move on. Everyone slips. Everyone! Keep your overall goals in mind (go over them after the slip-up) and look forward to the next day. No matter how many times you "fall", you can always get back up and still be successful.

- Submitted by K_SABLE 5/24/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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Don't beat yourself up

I take a warm shower + drink lots of water + journal about the experience. The next day I eat normally and continue to hydrate.

- Submitted by GOGIRL_93 2/27/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Keep going never say I am starting over

“The key to succeeding at anything in life is to focus on the small victories.” ~ Mark Black ~ just pick your self up and go forward why waste time going back look how far you came before you slipped. when hiking a hiker doesn't turn around and go back to when he started the hike. emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by SPARKFRAN514 2/9/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Quit thinking!!

Just STOP the thought train that creates "reasons" (excuses) and debates whether or not you should exercise or eat right. When I hear myself debating and rationalizing, I call myself out on it. "Heyyyyyy.........wait a minute........" Once I realize where that train is headed, I jump right off and get back on the right track. Listen to yourself and quit thinking! ;-)

- Submitted by ODAT1117 7/10/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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When I don't want to workout? I put on my workout clothes

I can't remember where I learned this, but putting on my workout clothes when I don't feel like working out somehow gives me just the boost I need to get me out the door. It works 99% of the time. So keep those tanks, tees, sports bras and biking shorts ready to go. Once you're dressed the reasons not to workout suddenly disappear.

- Submitted by BUNNYGIRL53 2/17/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments

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One step at the time IS real!

I was so down that I couldn't build up some kind of exercise streak and then I decided to just walk, just walk. At first it took me a month to do 250 minutes and this month, I did 250 minutes in just 9 days! So, "one step at the time" IS the real thing. It does work. emoticon

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 2/10/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments

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dont beat yourself up

if i slip up, even if it is a couple of days, i dont beat myself up over it, i just take note of how much better i feel when i eat bettter and exercise. thats enough to get me back on track

- Submitted by CNRIDDLE 9/19/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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