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Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?

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Binge me NOT

You know, I did not realize until recently that I was a binge eater. Yep, somehow over the years, I have been letting emotions, boredom, stress, and other factors get in the way of healthy eating.

How did that happen? I know what I was working full time shift work, the shifts we worked were ...

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Face the Fear, Not the Food

When life is stressful, it can be so overwhelming. Whether it's caused by work or personal problems, it can be so hard to resist the temptation to binge eat when you're feeling down.

Facing your problems is hard. Avoidance seems a billion times easier short-term...but long-term it's actually ...

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This isn't some zero-sum game.

For too many years, I have fallen into the trap of GOOD vs BAD. But life isn't so black and white. On the contrary. There are choices, good choices and better choices. But more than that, nothing is a "perfect" choice, so I can stop viewing my inability to achieve "perfect" as failure and a reason...

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Start an Exercise Streak!

I first joined SparkPeople 9 years ago. It was the catalyst I needed to lose weight and get back to exercising. Upon signing on I received a message from some man who called himself "Sparkguy". SparkGuy? Are you kidding me? Well, I come to find out he is the guy who started SparkPeople. After maki...

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Don't Give Up

I've been doing the weight loss thing a long time. I have been a life time Weight Watchers member since the late 90's. I have been at goal more than I would like to admit and kept it off for several years, but let the bad habits creep back in. But I have never gained all of my weight back by incor...

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Eat more fresh raw vegetables and snacks

I have been substituting water-based fresh vegetables for high-calorie foods to subtract calories, carbs and fat from my meals and snacks.

A friend was telling me about a KETO diet, well I like my carbs way to much to feel I would be successful at that, and I didn't want to fail, again...<...

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Don't Beat Yourself Up

I've gained back half of the weight I worked to lose. It's been really difficult to come back to Sparkpeople because I've known that I have returned to bad habits. I have been endlessly beating myself up for it and returning has meant really facing up to it.

I finally decided to give myself...

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Being kind to yourself when you slip up

Often when we slip up, for instance go overboard with calories or miss workouts, we tend to tear ourselves apart with negative talk. The negative talk makes a catastrophe of a minor setback and the negative emotions that follow delay any desire to try again and potentially fail again. It's easy to ...

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JUST DO IT

Just DO it (stealing from NIKE)
Don't wait until Monday, or a new month...get in the right mindset and then get back on track.
IF you make a mistake or eat something you shouldn't have..restart-then and there, don't waste the day over one mishap. LIFE happens!
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Never Ever Give Up -- Keep Plugging Away

It's so easy to give up or say "the heck with it" but you'll never reach your goals with that attitude. I know because that was me with every diet I ever tried. While I still have about 70+ more pounds to reach Onederland, I know I'm closer than I was when I weighed between 340-360 pounds. I know ...

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