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SUSIEMT Posts: 8,634
4/19/13 5:51 P


Let me start by welcoming you to SparkPeople. I see you joined in Feb 2013. When I joined SparkPeople I decided that I knew nothing in regards to nutrition, and fitness. That I would do what the experts said. However, I had someone to help me from the get go. My sister Thoms1 has been my nutrition and fitness buddy and fortunately I live with her and he DH. We both started by doing two weeks of logging everything we put in our mouths. It was a real eye opener. Then we started by making small changes and sticking to those changes.
One article that has helped me in times of trouble is this link

25 Ways to get back on track.
If you need any help feel free to spark mail me or go to my spark page and leave a msg.
Good luck with getting back on track. You are in my prayers.

RUBECCAL Posts: 1,439
4/19/13 12:37 P

TWEAKYJANE- I'm in a similar situation. I was doing fairly well with my goals, especially my exercising, but then I went on vacation for two weeks. Since then, it has been very hard to get back on track. I've been setting extremely small daily goals to work back up to my usual level of consistency. Today's goal is to simply get ten minutes of exercise.

ARCHIMEDESII- You give good advice. Thanks!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,243)
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4/18/13 2:50 P


You're being much too hard on yourself. Perhaps the reason you're not meeting your goals is because your goals are too ambitious. You may be trying to do too much at once.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself 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.
Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Start with some simple goals you CAN stick with. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, don't try to exercise for an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals. then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It starts with a few simple changes you can stick to.

TWEAKYJANE SparkPoints: (1,875)
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4/18/13 2:28 P

I'm having serious motivation problems...I was on a really good kick for two weeks and now for about three now I have just been like gorging myself on whatever I get a craving for. I'm not sure how to get motivated again. I feel bummed about not meeting my goals (in other areas too) and the first thing I want to do for comfort is just to eat... emoticon

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