Since January, I have been on a new attempt at Sparkpeople, and I've been consistent since January. The first time I tried Sparkpeople I was pretty good with it for a few months out of the excitement about the new program and because I was tickled by the positive feedback and "sparkpoints". But, I fell off and didn't get back for quite some time.
I am analysing what am doing differently this time than last time. Last time I was too perfectionistic and all or nothing in my thinking. If I ate one thing wrong, I would say I might as well binge and start over tomorrow. Also, last time I wouldn't enter my weight if I had gained a pound or two, only when I lost.
Now I am being more realistic and honest with myself. I courageously put down when I gain a pound or two (this happens... our bodies retain water when they want to, etc.) or when I lose. I allow myself treats and just add them to my tracking... even when I go over in calories. And, when I get bored with something, I acknowledge the boredom and try to think of ways to switch things up.
Hopefully this second way of approaching things will be more fruitful than the first.
Edited by: PHOENIX2B at: 4/11/2013 (08:45)
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4/10/13 4:00 P
Great job on jumping back on the bandwagon!!
I find reading success stories helps to fuel my fire. I read them almost everyday. Also, I read a lot of the articles on here as they have really great tools and tips. Two articles I think applies in this situation for you is the following:
You're never behind. Just jump back in where ever you are.
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79 4/10/13 2:27 P
Wow I have not actively used spark people in a long time! Maybe 2 weeks-1 month. This is probably because I was too ashamed to record what I have actually been eating :( Well I have to admit I was EXTREMELY close to returning to my old lifestyle but I CANT let that happen. With that being said.. I worked out today for the first time in 2 weeks, my old workout routine KICKED MY BUTT. What a difference two weeks makes, I took so many breaks. I'm just looking for some tips/advice for when this happens. I do feel motivated now but knowing how I am, it will be short lived. I was going about my healthy ways for a few months and then this happened after a cluster of birthday parties and Easter get-togethers. How do you motivate yourself when your switching on and off from your old/new lifestyle. I'm ready to go back in full force.