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EXCELDREAM SparkPoints: (86,517)
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7/20/13 9:14 A

I know you'll get back on track. You've made phenomenal progress, I'm very proud of you. emoticon Just keep applying what you've learned. I'm sure you already know, but if some particular food causes you to slip up, see if you can work small amounts of it into your food plan on occasion. That's done miracles for me and I think having ice cream (low fat ice cream sandwiches) on occasion is probably one of the top five reasons this "diet" has worked better than any I've tried in the past.

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7/19/13 9:35 P

Thanks for everybody's kind words! I think yesterday was a bit of an least I hope so.

Today is going better--maybe a few too many nuts, but overall a LOT better than yesterday. This is the first time that I was able to pick myself up so quickly after a bad day.

I'll dust myself off and keep going. If I gain this week, then I gain and I'll keep on keeping on.

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7/19/13 9:38 A

Great advice! When I have failed in my journey is do to the "be perfect attitude" and then sets me back for days before I can get my (head/mind) to work to my advantage.
I have seen great results by lowering my blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI also by loosing 40 Lbs. I feel more energetic, sleep better and have less aches and pains since I have been active.....Now those are the things that motivates me to keep going forward.

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7/19/13 7:29 A

The pp's have already shared some good ideas. As for avoiding those situations in the future... most of the time, when someone's selling candy or doughnuts or whatever, for a good cause... I'll say, "I don't need any (insert whatever it is here). But here's a cash donation". I've not yet had anyone say, oh we can't take cash. Because the truth is, they only get a small portion of the money from those sales, but the organization gets to keep every bit of the cash donations.

So I feel good about helping out the Scouts or whoever, and I don't bring any food I don't need, into the house. Generally I'll hand them a 5 or a 10 and it's more than I would've spent on a couple candy bars or a box of cookies anyway.

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7/19/13 4:59 A


I give all new members and anyone who will listen to me one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible. that's why you can't beat yourself up every time you eat more than you want. The fact is, a healthy lifestyle can include things like chocolate, fries, a muffin, cupcake, etc... We make an assumption that we must lack self control or will power because we eat a little too much.

What most people don't realize is that it takes longer to change our heads than it does to change our bodies. With time, you will learn that you don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Don't try to be perfect. It's okay to be human.

Think progress, not perfection.

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7/18/13 11:10 P

That is good that you are less down on yourself than you would have been before emoticon
Because we all slip up now and again and beating ourselves up does not make us behave better, by dissing ourselves it makes us feel bad. We need to get our mood in the right place to take the journey to tackle our weight.
That is great that you are eating plenty of fruit and veggies, and protein.
Today you made a slip up, that's not brilliant, but it's not the end of your weight loss journey. Your journey will have mostly good days , but with them good days it is normal to have some temptation stand in the way. That is only a hurdle-it is not the end. Tomorrow you can work extra hard at being good and getting back on track. emoticon
I have spent my life planning the next weight loss venture which would always end with me giving up, putting what I lost back on. And yep many of them times I told myself "I'm going to do it this time". But the difference is this time I am not going to stop when I make a slip up. I have decided there is a goal and I am going to arrive at the goal. And there are mini goals , I am going to achieve them too. Each mini goal gets us closer to our big main goal. We take one day at a time, and one step at a time. And each day that we stick to our weight loss plans, is that much closer to reaching our goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I have been not as good as I should have been yesterday and today.I have been a bit better but not as good as I would like to be. But that is okay, because I am not going to let that stop me from sticking to the plan. I like to use foods I like that are healthy in my eating plan. Rather than sticking to any particular "diet". Plus we want to see it as an eating plan, life style change-anything other than diet. Because it will be ongoing even when we reach goal, to be able to maintain.
Staying on track for 18 days is brilliant emoticon . Just imagine that you are another eighteen days into it and each milestone emoticon
Think of all the different new clothes you will be able to wear and feeling much healthier. Seeing a slimmer, more happier face in the mirror- emoticon
Also what I often do when "dieting"(but remember it's not so much a diet) is when I give in on a temptation day, I make a dam good job of eating all the bad foods I can. If there are chippies, or icecream, cake , bikkies so much the better I make the most of it with the intention of starting again tomorrow. Or even worse deciding "it's not a great time right now because I will have munchies(piggy foods) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
around at such an such occassion , so I can't do it right now", and giving up-until next time. I never quit, there will always be a "next time" . But this time I aren't allowing myself to do that. I have given myself a goal of ten kilos by my birthday. That was ten weeks, it is less now. I know maybe I won't quite make that goal. I will do a dam good try to achieve that. But if I have lost eight or nine kilos I will be happy. and then on my birthday I don't want to overdo it too much or I'll put more back on.
So don't let todays slip up rule what happens tomorrow. Well yes maybe let it rule-that you will be good tomorrow. But don't overdo today
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Edited by: CYBERCITYSHELL at: 7/18/2013 (23:26)
MBUCHANAN9 SparkPoints: (50,160)
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7/18/13 10:44 P

Hey Y'all,

This is day 18 of my new, and hopefully FINAL, weight loss journey. I've been doing really well at staying within my ranges and exercising--maybe 150 calories over here or there, but nothing major. Down 3.8 lbs in 2 weeks, which is great!

Then came today. I bought 2 chocolate bars from a co-worker who was raising money for her daughter's Girl Guide company (think the Canadian equivalent of Girl Scouts). Not a bad cause, and I did manage to hold off buying them for 2 days, which is more than I would have a while ago. Unfortunately, 1 chocolate bar led, after work, to some tortilla chips, which lead to some no-sugar-added ice cream. I did manage to toss 1 of the bars out, since the first one wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I did also throw out at least half of the chips, which is good...I guess!

I'm mainly disappointed in myself--I'd been doing so well with the food...lots of fruits, veggies, lean protein, etc. I'm getting anxious about 'what happens if I can't turn it around tomorrow'? I'm a little disgusted that I ate this stuff even though I know I was doing so well! My anxiety is also telling me 'why should this time be any different?', but at least that voice is muted. :D

But, you know what? I'm also feeling PROUD of the way I'm handling this. Even a few months ago, if I had been 600 calories over where I was supposed to be, I would have been a LOT more disgusted, VERY hard on myself, and I would have castigated myself for days over my screw-ups.

Any advice on how to avoid these sort of days in the future? Anybody else feeling down but proud of how they handle the 'bad days'?

I know this might not be the right forum for this, but I didn't know where else to put it--any ideas on breaking free from negative thinking?

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