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ZIGGY122 Posts: 2,162
10/30/12 2:39 P

Been there....when I was trying to quit smoking.... but I just kept starting over even if the streak only lasted a day/hr what ever... I just kept starting over and over that is what I am doing with becoming healthy... eventually it will work...to change my unhealthy habits into healthy ones.. I haven't had a cigarette since June 26,2012... hang in there we can do this

SH9719 SparkPoints: (40,180)
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10/30/12 11:23 A

A few good days are better than no good days. Keep at it and keep working with Spark to find your motivation and to learn more about this process. This is a long process and small steps are ok. If you stick to it it does get better. Just do not quit because you are not completely satisfied. No one ever is. Good luck.

TRUEONE1 SparkPoints: (13,679)
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10/30/12 11:09 A

When I just can't stick with it! I just do one thing that's good for me that day. I make that commentment to myself. Eat a piece of fruit. Go for a walk. Read a healthy article on Spark people. Just 1 thing. Then just 2 things! Then maybe I slowly get back on track.

KAKONOLADY SparkPoints: (16,669)
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10/30/12 11:04 A

You gotta take it "just one pound at a time"-- start tracking everything you eat until your new habits are formed!!-it is an eye opener for sure!!- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!!- It really does make you feel better-- (I do mine early--before work-- so I wake up about 4am m-f-- weekends I sleep in!! It really needs to come from within the "ah-ha" moment everyone talks about is real!! If it doesnt come than motivation usually does go away!! _ I've had mine and it has stuck and will stick!! I wanna see my grandbabies one day!! I think a visual image can help!! I keep picturing myself in a cute pear of hiphuggers :)---Maybe you can buy a really pretty outfit and put it where you can see it everyday!!! Whatever you do just dont think about the overall amount but just one pound at a time!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Crystal

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10/30/12 10:58 A

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ANIKA34,

Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was to 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.

Set some simple goals. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Example, if you're not used to 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 used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, 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.

And that's how good health starts... it doesn't start with all or nothing. ONE small change can change your life. because one small change will lead to another and another and another.

No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. that's why you have to cut yourself some slack. all things in moderation, but moderation takes time to learn.



ANIKA34 SparkPoints: (46,834)
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10/30/12 9:40 A

Trying to get back on track, and I do good for a couple days then I blow it! Any suggestions on staying motivated?

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