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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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Slowly move forward, never move backward

Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges ahead for getting fit and healthy? The secret is to start with the tiniest improvement and then slowly, steadily add to it, never moving backwards. For example, the first day do just one sit up. Day two add another. Every day add one, never subtract! - and soon you'll be doing a full routine. Same with food: Day one: Eat half a bagel, instead of a full bagel. The next day, eat a quarter bagel, day three, no bagel. Slow and steady wins the race! emoticon

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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THINK as working through the SparkDiet's Stages!

Many people join SP and dive into teams before digging into what makes this site so fantastic: it's many resources! WORKing through the SparkDiet's stages sets the pace for lasting change...IF we truly read everything. Give extra attention when you find yourself saying, "Oh I know THAT".

Read the articles, do the 'activities', ...
...and explore this huge site;
its substance will nourish you!

- Submitted by SAM60SUMTHINK 1/7/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Just do it!

Don't plan to start next Monday, or the first of the year. JUST DO IT!!! I planned to start my fitness/wellness journey so many times and experienced setbacks. Plan your meals for the next day and stay on track.
Made some bad choices on last night's meal? Don't discourage but encourage yourself! Recognize the behavior and change it.

- Submitted by LOVINTHESPARK 1/4/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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My 2014 Happy Plan

No more January focus on "I can't....." (fill in the deprivation).

Today I will focus on what I CAN do good for myself, hoping to make every day a success by adding something I can "have" not focus on what I can't (eat, or do).Today I plan to eat 2 Fruits instead of one or none and take two 5 minute walks in the house, it's icy and I don't have a treadmill. My plan, keep it simple and successful! Be kind to others...and to myself! If I journal my success, maybe I will smile myself to sleep!

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 1/1/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Take a fall, make a stand.

Learn to fall. So that you can get back up again.

- Submitted by SILVERCLAW95 12/21/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Doing something different

Bad habits were creeping back...Grazing, adding on, snacking at night etc. I needed a change and something simple to replace my complicated food tracking.
So I printed menus for a week on the food tracker, check off eaten food, and substitute as needed.. Now I have renewed energy because I made a change to give myself more time.. The plan makes me feel safe knowing that the food plan is there for the entire week. emoticon

- Submitted by CHERBOO1 11/18/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments

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Setbacks

When you have a setback, don't give up on yourself, pick yourself up and start over, again, again emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by COASTAL6 11/7/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Stop Snacking in the Evening

I had gotten into a bad habit of snacking a lot in the evening while watching TV. I am using a tip from SparkPeople to stop. After dinner, I must stop at 9 PM and brush my teeth. I am not allowing myself anything else but water after that time. I find I am happy with a chosen snack or 2 but "close" the kitchen by 9! I don't want to have to brush again before bedtime. emoticon It seems to be working.

- Submitted by DEBBLO 10/26/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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Mind

I decided to put my mind into deciding to get better.

- Submitted by LWALKER21 10/11/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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In For The Long Haul

Either I'm too stubborn or a slow learner, but I finally realized that I have to eat for the rest of my life, not "diet" for it, so I make sure I eat all the things I love, that comfort me, that satisfy me, only make them "lighter and healthier". Some things I really love are already pretty healthy. I love mushrooms, and prawns, and salmon. As for the rest I can either substitute or change the cooking methods and voila! It's pretty painless and something I can finally maintain for the long haul.

- Submitted by ARIELLEKELLY 10/8/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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