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10/30/19 7:50 P

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This is a long game sort of thing. There isn't anything that you can do in the short term (hours, days, weeks or even months) that magically balances out what you have done over the past years. It takes a build up of days and then weeks and then months and then years to get you where you want to go if you are trying to get the general trend going in the opposite direction. Pick a set amount of time to dedicate each day, follow through and indulge your other interests.

Think of the bigger picture this way. Where you are today is the average of each day of the past year. Each day you can get one point for putting in the work and the effort, no points for not really contributing but not really going against what you want to accomplish or -1 for actively hindering yourself. Let's say that you started two weeks ago and you have been diligent those 14 days, so you get one point each day. Of the other 365 days in your average you had 60 0 days and that leaves 291 for days where you were doing things that were not contributing to your goal. You only get one point, either way, each day. You're at -.84 today. If you put in another ten days of solid effort that you get ones for that brings you up to -.70. It is progress that you can see, but at the same time it's not so much that you have to do everything, all the time, immediately and burn yourself out. If, over the next year you had 40 -1 days, 200 0 days and 125 1 days that means that your average would be .23, so positive and on the way to where you want to be. Time and consistency is one of the biggest factors in where you are. If you walk ten miles a week for the first half of the year, you'd still average 5 miles a week without walking any in the second half of the year. Nothing that you do for a day, a week or even a month really balances out what you do the rest of the year. You don't have to be perfect from day one, but the more consistent that you can be in the long term, the better off you will be. If it's really hard to do and painful you might be trying to change too much at once. 1500 calories a day is 547,500 calories a year. 100 calories a day adds up to 36,500 calories in a year. Going 250 calories over your range one day is not something to fuss about in the long run. Consistently eating over 250 calories would be, though depending on your ranges and needs it might just be a more suitable number for you to lose at, even if you would be losing a little more slowly.

Baby steps are also great. Take the time to figure out your needs, wants, preferences and abilities and build up the support structure to enable you to make sustainable changes. Deciding to eat 1500 calories under what you were before, spending 8 eight hours in the gym a week (compared to none before), eating four servings of fruits and six of vegetables (when you were lucky to get two before) each day, and other lofty goals are great end goals, but don't into account where you are. Cutting out 200-500 calories a day would be a good baby step to work on for a few weeks. It gives you time to find new recipes that meet those needs, tweak old recipes to meet those needs, adjust your shopping habits and cooking habits. Then evaluate. Do you need more time to focus on this goal? Give yourself another few weeks to make the changes that you need to make. It's like learning to play an instrument. You build up bit by bit. Adding an hour of exercise a week would be a good start if you weren't exercising before. You should be focusing on two, maybe three baby steps at a time and building up from where you are starting. Take the time to learn and explore your options to find what works best for you.

The general idea is that progress adds up over time.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 10/30/2019 (19:55)
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10/30/19 7:46 P

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That is great advice! Thank you!

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10/30/19 7:37 P

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Try focusing on making one good habit week by week until it becomes your norm. Then add another focus the following week. The trick is to just keep doing it and adding to it along the way. Don't obsess on being perfect, concentrate on making the best choices for the moment.

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10/30/19 1:30 P

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Puppy, the more I see/read this the more I agree with you....I get very stressed easily too so will be keeping up with this thread....

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10/30/19 12:54 P

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Just noticed but wintry was supposed to say "I try". My bad.

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What gets harder in the winter months? Making healthier food choices? Exercising? If you could be a bit more specific as to what you struggle with, we fellow Sparkers can supply you with a plethora of ideas to help you overcome the challenges.

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I have noticed that the more wintry to set my mind to working on my diet the harder it is for me. The more I work on doing better it is all I can think about. It ends up stressing me out to the point I quit. I dont know how to change my ways without itnbeing the only thing I think about.

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