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TERAH1964 Posts: 8
4/25/13 7:57 P

Slipped today, but your message brought it back into reality check mode..
one day at a time, and it was only one slip..:) Thank you!,

ABONDGIRL SparkPoints: (4,147)
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4/25/13 5:30 P

Stay step at a time.. emoticon

SELENAPEPPERS SparkPoints: (0)
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4/25/13 3:08 P

You will get there. I know it is hard. I struggle a lot myself but I still keep pushing forward. I saw a quote on someone's page the other day that "nothing taste as good as skinny feels" so now when I go to reach for that snack or extra helping of food I remind myself of that quote.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,184
4/25/13 3:07 P

CHICOMOM53, sometimes you just gotta keep going and press on even if you don't want to.

Some folks find they need to get into a positive mind frame in order to be in a good place to start losing weight. Some folks find that they just start anyway and along the way find that positive mind frame.

What worked in the past for you in other situations?

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (199,863)
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4/25/13 2:04 P


I give all new members and anyone willing to listen to me 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. That's why Spark People encourages its members to start with small changes first. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Take baby steps, literally and figuratively. Start with some simple, realistic goals. don't try to be too ambitious or you set yourself up for failure.

You are going to make mistakes. You are going to fall off the proverbial wagon. And you know what ? That's okay ! Don't try to be perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy. If you eat too much one day, that doesn't mean you have to toss in the towel. the next day you do your best to eat more mindfully.

Think progress, not perfection.

GAL2202 SparkPoints: (134,365)
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4/25/13 1:18 P

Great answer!

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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4/25/13 10:13 A

"It's not the falling off the wagon that is the problem - it is what we do after" - Slimmerkiwi

That is so TRUE! Jump back on the wagon! You know what you have to do, so in the immortal words of Nike, Just Do It.

The best thing that Sparkpeople has for weight loss, in my opinion, is the food tracker. It has made an ENORMOUS difference for me. When I could see that 17 Doritos equals 2 fresh pears, that was a wake up call for me- and the chips have almost no nutritional value. If you haven't been tracking, so it, even if you eat over or not so healthily, it will make a difference.

Also, trying to incorporate 6-7 servings of veggies and fruits has helped as well. Not to be graphic, but I used to have a hard time with gasto issues, and just eating those fresh foods has helped.

And the water- I love making that little cup splash over on the nutrition tracker page!

It's just making small changes gradually, and it makes your life so much better! I say focus on health and the weight loss will come.


SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,367)
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4/25/13 3:36 A

It's not the falling off the wagon that is the problem - it is what we do after :-(

You can turn this around, but I suggest that you do it using baby steps. Change only one or two things to start with and then when your mind/body has gotten used to the changes, add something else to the mix.

As far as exercise is concerned, it doesn't have to be formal exercise as such. There are many fun ways to get this.

Take your dog for a walk, you never know, you might be able to break out in the occasional jog :-)

Go bowling with your hubby

Turn vacuuming into a 'dance' session!

Put some good hard-core music on (stuff with a brisk beat) and clean the bathroom or windows to the beat.

Up until I recently purchased a Treadmill, I got all of my walks in by putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. It is actually amazing how much walking you can get in doing that!

Good luck

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4/24/13 10:20 P


Unhealthy habits are difficult to break, but that does not mean you can't reach your goal. While weight loss is a great goal--I like to remind people that it really isn't a goal per se, but more the result of setting goals--such as riding your bike 25 minutes 3 days a week and drinking water in place of soda, even eating a fruit and veggie at every meal. The more unhealthy habits you replace with healthier ones, the results will come. TRUST THE PROCESS!

Coach Nancy

GAL2202 SparkPoints: (134,365)
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4/24/13 8:07 P

Don't give up. Try different options. Like use an exercise CD or go on the internet's youtube.

CHICOMOM55 Posts: 424
4/24/13 7:46 P

I started with Spark Coach in March and was doing great. I had lost 5 pounds and was off to a good start. Well, I let go and now I've gained the weight back and am having a really hard time getting back on track. I was even riding my exercise bike 25 minutes at least 3 days a week. Help me get my mojo back!

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