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Back On Track: A Consistency Challenge for August!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/29/2014 6:00 PM   :  417 comments   :  91,456 Views

It's almost August, and whether we like it or not, the days of summer are dwindling. Bathing suit season may be mostly behind you, but that doesn't mean it's time to abandon your healthy efforts now that autumn is in sight! Plus, maybe all those barbecues you've attended this summer are starting to show on the scale. Maybe your vacations and kids' activity schedules have taken precedence over your exercise routine. Maybe, now that the wild ride of the season is coming to an end, it's time to get back on track and consciously recommit to your healthy lifestyle. And we're here to help you do it with a brand new challenge!  

You know how you feel when you have a really "on" day? Where you've exercised, eaten well, and feel like a million bucks when your head hits the pillow at night? For 31 days, beginning August 1, we want you to make a concerted effort to have as many "on" days as possible. This challenge is a simple one, but can be amazingly effective if you simply take the time and effort to focus your energy on the little things you may have been neglecting lately. This is a social challenge, and it's easy to join. Here is all you have to do:

1) Pinpoint the aspects of your healthy lifestyle that could use some fine-tuning and really focus on those. Have you been tracking your food as carefully as you should? Have you really been giving it your all during your workouts? Have you been letting mindless snacking get the best of you? Be honest with yourself to find the areas of your routine that need some extra help. Then, make a commitment to work on those little things consistently for the next month.

2) Subscribe to us on Facebook,  Pinterest and Twitter to get tips, motivation, and support to help you stay consistent along your challenge every day during the month of August. Additionally, we would like you to share your progress and accomplishments with us by posting your updates with the hashtag #backontrack on any or all of these social media platforms--whatever works for you!

If you're not a social media user, you can still do this challenge by updating your status on your SparkPage using the #backontrack hashtag. Encourage your other SparkFriends to join you along the way. If you'd like, you can even start a thread in the Message Boards to meet new SparkFriends who are also participating in the challenge!

3) The most important thing is to not give up if you do have an "off" day. This challenge is not about all-or-nothing thinking; it's about doing the best you can. If you slip up, get right back on track at the very next opportunity—no pity parties allowed!   

Are you ready to get re-focused, re-committed, and ready to take on the world? Join us for #backontrack! What habits will you be focusing on in August?

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  • 417
    Boy, do I need this! We found out at the end of June that my husband's cancer is back; he spent 18 days in the hospital in July, and will start chemo next week. I need to make sure that I am healthy and strong for him! So I will commit to eating well, and exercising as much as possible. - 7/31/2014   8:52:06 PM
  • 416
    I tweeted to SP today, asking if there was an actual challenge to sign up for {like, on Challenge Central} and they said NO. You are just supposed to keep track of your own efforts and use the hashtag #backontrack to share on social media. Hope this helps! - 7/31/2014   4:55:18 PM
  • 415
    Have let things slip recently, so this challenge came at a good time. I'm looking to get back on track with exercise (30 minutes/day) and more healthy food choices (cutting down on the unhealthy fast food in particular). - 7/31/2014   11:49:15 AM
  • 414
    I am making the commitment to turn my negative all or nothing thinking around. This gets me down by hurting my confidence, and in turn, justifies a binge when it could be stopped by positive self talk.
    - 7/30/2014   10:24:38 PM
  • 413
    I'm in! - 7/30/2014   10:21:28 PM
    I STILL cannot figure out how to sign up for this..... ugh....
    - 7/30/2014   7:48:37 PM
  • 411
    #backontrack/.hashtag - 7/30/2014   3:57:59 PM
  • 410
    Okay did anyone start up the challenge? Let's give'er! - 7/29/2014   11:34:39 PM
  • 409
    I need this. I've slacked off for far to long!! - 7/29/2014   9:18:28 PM
    Need this challenge-want to get back to tracking and Spark Coach and staying within my ranges-even if I will be adding a new early a.m. duty to teach. - 7/29/2014   8:30:32 PM
    I am so grateful for this challenge! I have truly fallen off track and starting to give up on myself because no matter how many challenges I completed, I still did not make a dent in my weightloss efforts. I started to feel bad, my anniversary is in September and I want to look and feel beautiful for myself and my husband. I am so glad I found this challenge and I will get back on track for 2014 - 7/29/2014   8:10:21 PM
  • 406
    It is way too hot for me to PUSH and make consistent "good" choices.... - 7/29/2014   8:10:04 PM
    Please - I hope someone can help me sign up for this challenge !!! I just cannot figure out where to go or how to do it ? Thanks for your time !
    - 7/29/2014   7:00:41 PM
    Please - I hope someone can help me sign up for this challenge !!! I just cannot figure out where to go or how to do it ? Thanks for your time !
    - 7/29/2014   7:00:30 PM
  • 403
    Count me in! Need to be more consistent with my walking program. - 7/29/2014   5:00:12 PM
  • 402
    I am in--it will be tough with vacation but--I can do it! - 7/29/2014   4:38:59 PM
  • 401
    Good timing, just got back from vacation, and needed to focus on getting back on track, especially for August, and Sept.
    I need to start exercising, with a much higher emphasis on strength. Yep, we're talking a fully written out plan to make sure I'm pushing myself every day.
    I also need to make sure I'm eating right, which means not being too far under my calorie limits either, because it'll only hurt my strength building goals. I need plenty of lean protein, and want to commit to more fruits, and veggies. - 7/29/2014   3:20:46 PM
  • 400
    I really enjoy your challenges. Thank you!! - 7/29/2014   3:12:19 PM
  • 399
    Exercise, specifically on increasing FITBIT "active minutes". I've been slacking in July, and my plan is to be more consistent. I've been slack in July!
    And leave the COOKIES alone!
    Perfect Timing! - 7/29/2014   3:04:26 PM
  • 398
    I Have lost 16 lbs and need something like this to keep me on track. - 7/29/2014   1:27:36 PM
  • 397
    This comes at a perfect time, I have been discouraged for the past 2 weeks with the progress and decided this weekend I need to be #backontrack . Looking forward to the challenge! - 7/29/2014   1:00:22 PM
  • 396
    This is just what I needed to be more consistent about taking my blood pressure readings each day. - 7/29/2014   12:38:49 PM
  • 395
    This is just what I needed to be more consistent about taking my blood pressure readings each day. - 7/29/2014   12:38:49 PM
    I eat very healthy at mealtimes, and I work out pretty much every day...BUT, I'm going to concentrate on the stopping the "mindless snacking". I can be perfect through dinner, but many nights I have to stay up late with my autistic son, and if I'm watching tv I end up grabbing little snacks that end up sabotaging my efforts for the day.. - 7/29/2014   12:31:03 PM
  • 393
    I'm in too! I need to get in more veggies and keep up with the water! - 7/29/2014   11:46:26 AM
  • RUTH571
    just joined, although not a facebook/twitter/social media user - plan is to get back on track with exercise! I lost my exercise motivation late May and it's time to get back on track - 7/29/2014   11:01:06 AM
    Just finished two weeks of vacation and ready to be back on track. I want to commit to better meal planning. - 7/29/2014   10:19:20 AM
  • 390
    I'm going to stay on track with "tracking." Although I have the SPapp, I have been making it a habit to track on paper.
    I'm also going to encourage my sparkteam to "get back on track!" - 7/29/2014   10:09:10 AM
  • 389
    I've been going strong so I'm not sure what to get back on track... - 7/29/2014   9:38:08 AM
  • 388
    Would like to get on this too, vacations have put me back in lazy mode sounds like a good way to jump start healthy habits! - 7/29/2014   8:46:10 AM
    I'm in I've had a really bad few months time to get on track

    - 7/29/2014   7:48:24 AM
  • 386
    I'm in too! I will be focusing on ticking off everything on my august fitness calendar. #backontrack - 7/29/2014   7:47:33 AM
  • 385
    I need one of those daily challenges like the low sugar one or something like that. It sends you daily reminders & such. I hope I can find something that will harass me into doing right, again. - 7/29/2014   7:46:51 AM
  • TOOTSIE330
    i am in! I have been off track and in a funk for weeks. this could be exactly what I need! :) - 7/29/2014   7:36:42 AM
    Have been off track for a while. Hope Sparkpeople will help me get back on track. I will try my best starting on August first. It feels good to have a date to start! - 7/29/2014   7:32:36 AM
  • JDRAKE8171
    June and July were such crazy busy months...this challenge is just what I am looking for. - 7/29/2014   6:46:52 AM
    Have been off track for over 18 months. Gotta do this! I am not giving up this time! Determined! - 7/29/2014   12:53:49 AM
  • 380
    I need to get back on track with exercising. I have Nueropathy in my feet & legs & now have a Plantar Faciitis in my right foot. It's been very painful & walking only aggravates it! Wish me luck! - 7/9/2014   1:41:53 PM
  • 379
    Join the Back on Track team - we are just a bunch of folks who wanted to work together - we're rebooting the challenge for the month of September!
    - 8/30/2013   10:14:27 PM
  • 378
    ahhhhh! got wrapped up in my four kids going to school; running them to sports in the evenings; open enrollment at my registrar position at the high school - working late hours; just worn thin- really let it go this last 2 weeks- but i have a friend who hasnt stopped and she is at 25.3 lbs weight loss!!! I CAN DO THIS!!! STARTING TODAY- AGAIN :) - 8/30/2013   10:39:29 AM
    I'm in! also I need to be held acountable and consisantant in my new healthy life systle. - 8/21/2013   2:50:02 PM
    Little day 1 is tomorrow! I so wish I knew about it on day 1! Can you restart in September? I would be grateful! - 8/19/2013   11:47:37 PM
  • 375
    19 days and counting...please repeat each month, this has been great! - 8/19/2013   3:41:54 PM
    Also 2 weeks behind but beginning today. One day at a time. - 8/15/2013   11:14:49 PM
  • 373
    I am a half month behind on the schedule, but I am starting this today! Better late than not at all.
    cheers! - 8/14/2013   12:43:52 PM
    Too many things going on & my mindful eating went out the window. Time to join in & get back at it! - 8/13/2013   11:27:31 AM
  • JBOB78
    Had a rough week, starting again! I don't always get my tracking into the computer specially when traveling or extremely busy days, but I track in a little notebook on those days! - 8/9/2013   10:42:58 AM
    I have been in since the 1st August x - 8/8/2013   12:10:16 PM
  • 369
    How about a new emoticon for this group - a train would be nice to have a weight loss ticker with tracks and a little engine or caboose.
    - 8/7/2013   10:55:16 PM
  • 368
    It's not too late to start! A bunch of us started a team here on SP to do the challenge together - everyone is welcome!
    - 8/7/2013   1:24:44 PM

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