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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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Save your skinny clothes!

Any time I gain a bunch of weight (I seriously am a 20 lb difference every summer to winter) I grab my old summer dresses and vow to fit back into them. Why buy new clothes when healthy eating and exercise will get you back into your old ones... for free?!

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It's you vs. you!

In this battle of losing weight, the fight is you vs. you. You determine how much effort you are going to put in it. You determine if you are going to eat healthy. So kick your butt in gear and go after your goal! Don't let you get in the way of you.

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Routine

What helps me the most is to stay in a good routine. Decide what you're going to eat for breakfast and stick with it. Figure out what works for you for lunch and just do it. Taking away the constant need to make decisions can make everything easier.

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Relapse doesn't equal regain!

Relapsing into old habits can make things tough, and you feel even worse when the scale starts to rise. However, always remember that a relapse isn't the same as a regain. A lapse is only temporary. Start afresh RIGHT NOW before the lapse turns into something more serious. You can do it!

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Eating and Exercising "Slips"

Just remember YOU are worth the changes you're making daily to the "old you to the new you". It is an act of love, respect, and kindness to keep at it even when you haven't done everything perfect that day!

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If you've overindulged

If you've overindulged and are WAY over your calories, do NOT count the day as "blown" and keep eating--stop overeating RIGHT THEN, be kind to yourself over it, learn from the experience, and resolve to start anew from that second on!

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Starting Over...for the last time

I used to be a chronic "starter over" because I would focus so much on being perfect on every aspect of my diet and weight loss. I've realized that it's not about perfection, it's about changing small habits at a time. If you have an off day, it's okay! Just keep working at it and never give up!

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Do Something That Pushes Your Limits

When you've been out of the fitness loop for a while, try a new fitness activity that's really tough. Hike a mountain peak, ride a bike to a record distance, go kayaking for the first time, or try a ropes course. Your success will empower and inspire you to get back to your fitness goals again!

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Exercise: Just Do It

Finding the drive to exercise can be hard sometimes. Hardly anyone wakes up in the morning and thinks, "Wow, 7 a.m. is a really great time for a run, I can't wait!" But if you can just get yourself up from wherever you are and just DO it, it'll only be a few minutes before you're excited to get fit!

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