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2/4/12 11:15 A

We all "fall off the wagon" once in awhile. I did last week too. I didn't exercise nearly as much as I should have and I felt awful about it. But you can't beat yourself up. You just have to start again the next day. As for eating healthier at someone else's house- I agree that can be very difficult. My advice for you is to bring some healthy snacks along. Bring an apple, an orange or a bag of pretzels. Or try to eat before you go if you are able to. Make yourself something healthy before you go to this person's house so you won't be hungry or tempted to eat badly while you are there. Good luck to you and remember- you are not in this alone!

2/4/12 12:45 A

It's a process. Look for progress, not perfection.

If you do something that you wish you hadn't done, you have a choice. You can look at it like a failure, or you can look at it like an opportunity to learn something and make some progress.

Beating yourself up doesn't burn calories, so try letting go of the wagon thinking. If you feel you can be on or off the wagon, then you might also be seeing this as an all or nothing type thing. It doesn't have to be that way. Every healthy choice you make is progress.

...and if you still think you're "off the wagon", fine, that means you're on foot and walking burns way more calories than riding, right?

Best wishes,

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2/1/12 12:15 P

Hi STOSHUMALA17, are you eating all the meals in the day at the bf's house? If you are eating only 1 of the meals of the day there, you can adjust the intake at the other meals during the day when you are not surrounded by food. Take 1 day at a time and see how the whole day's worth of meals is going. Just 1 meal won't make or break your whole day.

However, if you eat most of the meals there, you might want to take your own salad along. Start your meals with a glass of water so you don't feel too hungry.
Or cut down on the portion sizes of the meals that you don't consider healthy. That way you eat with everyone but in healthy amounts.
Carry some healthy snacks with you to fill you up later so you don't undo all the efforts you are putting in.

If you were doing well with exercise and eating already, you can do it again. Involve the family by going for a walk together or eating a healthy snack together and help them see a healthier life as well instead of you falling off the wagon. emoticon

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2/1/12 11:23 A


Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality. 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.

One bad meal or even one less than perfect week of eating habits will NOT make or break your quest for a healthy lifestyle. All things in moderation. You can't beat yourself up every time you eat a little more than you'd like. You ate the food. You log the food. You move on. Be honest. the more honest you are, the more you'll learn about making healthy changes.

Mostly, you really do have to be patient. You didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight. As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for the positive things you do and don't beat on yourself if you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Patience, it's a virtue.

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2/1/12 11:17 A

i have been doing pretty good eating smaller portions and working out but these past four days i havent been working out at all and i have been eating bad foods. im afraid to check the scales because i dont want to gain the 2 lbs i lost back on. i spend alot of time around my boyfriend and his family and they are not very healthy and they are not great influences. i dont know how to eat healthy and in small meals when i am not in my own house often and i dont know how to keep motivated. please help!

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