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4/19/13 12:59 P

Thanks everyone for all the advices. I REALLY appreciate it. I will come here for sure now when I need help. It was my first time and I am surprise on how much I can learn. Great week to all.

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4/19/13 10:49 A


Hey, you're "back on the wagon." emoticon

It might be helpful to try and remember what derailed you before (or what combination of things). Knowledge is power, and self-knowledge can be a help when it comes to troubleshooting. Changing your lifestyle means finding new solutions, and that's easier if you identify problems.

A few totally random theories - these are problems and solutions that may not apply to you at all - most of them maybe won't - I'm just throwing them out for brainstorming purposes.

1. Did you hit a plateau and get discouraged? (Don't pay much too attention to the scale/pants size this time, set fitness goals as well.)

2. Did you have a lot of pressures on your time that made it hard to stay organized and find the time to prepare healthy food and to track? (Tweak your lifestyle to get max. health for min. time investment - efficient shopping & prep routine, a repertoire of quick, healthy meals etc. - and/or to find more time for your health. Identify the trigger situations when you're pushed for time and short of healthy options.)

3. Did you have emotional stresses (family, work, coping with a long, dark winter) that led you back into your old ways, or did you find your new healthy diet stressful because it didn't satisfy you? (Work on finding substitutions for unhealthy things you like to eat, and new healthy options that you really like, and non-eating-related ways to be more relaxed or happier.)

4. Did you have some form of physical stress, like sleep problems, illness, side effects from medication? Was your diet stressing your body (not enough calories, not enough of all nutrients?) (Be gentle with yourself, listen to your body, and take things at your own pace.)

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4/15/13 10:56 P

Dear StayPositive 33,

Congratulations on starting again! Though it's hard to start again, it is so great that you are doing this.

I like your goals of drinking water and exercising 20 minutes a day.

May I suggest that every time you drink water, track your food and exercise, no matter how many glasses or minutes, you are nourishing your intention to become healthy. Each time you nourish your intention, it becomes a little stronger.

May you be well and happy.

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4/15/13 12:07 P


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.

What happens to many people when they decide they want to lose weight is that they set goals which are TOO ambitious. They set themselves up for failure. Instead, SP encourages it's members to set some simple goals first. 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 do 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.

Good health is not "all or nothing" and yet many people feel that if they eat too much at one meal, they figured they've ruined everything. One over indulgent meal or even one day of less than healthy eating will not make or break your healthy lifestyle. Thus the need to be patient with yourself.

Start with some simple changes you CAN stick with even if that means the only healthy thing you do each day is drink 8 glasses of water. that's still a step in the right direction.

4/15/13 11:58 A

It is my third time starting back SP. The first time it took me 8 weeks to lose 15 pounds and then I don't know what happen but I gave up. The second time...well didn't work. Now I am here again and gain all the weight back and even more. I really want to do this and be proud. If I could just understand why I gave up the first time. I've always been hard on myself and just feel that I am never doing enough. I need good advice on how to never stop doing what is good for me and achieve my goal.

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