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Getting Back On Track Secrets

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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Keep Starting Over!

Forget perfection...don't set yourself up for failure. Forget phrases like "always" and "never". Instead, aim for "most days", or 80% of the time....set up a plan that is realistic and that you can carry out over a lifetime!

Avoid setting a specific weight loss as your goal - weight fluctua...

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Never Be Afraid To Start Over

I rarely do something perfect the first time. Yet, nothing makes me feel more like a failure than failing at weight loss.

I seem to have a lot more emotional baggage when it comes to weight loss. Somehow I find it completely unacceptable to fail at weight loss.

The interesting th...

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Prepare for the Journey

I have wanted instant results. Why could I just wake up and not be fat? Why am I still struggling with my weight after all these years? Now I am diabetic. I also have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My back is always aching and hurting and I get winded very easily by walking a short distan...

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How to Break Through a Plateau

If you feel like you’ve been on the right track and you’re no longer seeing results test out these six tweaks:

Adjust your carb intake
Your body has a huge capacity to store carbohydrates. You can sock away at least 500 grams. To put that in perspective one slice of bread packs 15 gr...

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Make All Your Goals SMART Goals

"That which is measured gets done."
(For attribution, see http://www.matthewcornell.org/blog/2007/7/30/whats-your-feed-reading-speed.html#1 )

S = Specific (not "lose weight" but "lose 16.5 lbs.")

M = Measurable (not "some weight" but "16.5 lbs. at 1.5 lbs. per week")

A = Aspi...

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Consistant intentional submission

When I gave up control of my food to the guidelines of my programme and to my sponsor in the past, I experienced success physically and spiritually and mentally. When I no longer came to meetings or had a sponsor, I experienced struggle and failure with controlling my food intake, resulting in a ho...

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Just so I do not feel guilty.

So in the grand scheme of things, most of us feel guilt when we do something we are not supposed to do. We are taught to feel bad from a very early age.

I feel guilty when I eat something that is not on my meal plan. The more I try to ignore the guilt, the more likely I am to have anothe...

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Surround Yourself with Positive People and Positive Attitude

Sometimes life experiences knock you off your feet and you become so overwhelmed that you go back to old habits or get off track. This is what I've learned to do when life experiences knock me down. This last time, with my dad's long illness and passing, I found myself overwhelmed because I had to t...

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Why can't I catch a Break..

While we are having a pity party and shaking your heads.. We all have a lot going on.. Maybe you lost your job.. Maybe you have put the weight on that you took off.. Maybe you went out to walk and you stepped in Dogie Do or the bird of Paradise flew over and it let go and now you need to go and chan...

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Don't beat up on yourself every time you make a mistake

Making mistakes is part of the human condition. Everyone makes mistakes. If we didn't we would have been Angels.

I used to allow my mistakes and slip ups to defeat me and then would go off track completely. One act would label all of my being to my very essence as undisciplined, weak, less t...

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