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I stay on track 80% of the time with exercise and nutrition. If I have an occasional treat and bust thru my calorie or carbs, that's OK. If I slack off a day, that's OK. This keeps me from kicking over the traces and going crazy!
This thought is the key for me getting back up and trying again. It's so easy to feel like I've failed, I'm a failure, and I'll never be able to keep up good work, but it's not true. Just because I've had a bad day, week, month... doesn't mean today or tomorrow will be bad, too.
If you look at this as a DIET, it's easy to find yourself failing because our weight will fluctuate (sometimes daily). I've chosen to live a healthy lifestyle--therefore each choice I make is about what's good for me. If one choice wasn't so good, that's okay because the next choice will be!
We all have those time when the unexpected comes up and we didn't properly plan ahead. Often time we feel like we blew it. However, that isn't the case. One meal will not destroy everything you have been working hard for. Go into the next meal the way you normally would.
When I have fallen off the wagon, I just focus on one thing for a week--whether it's drinking my water, doing my cardio or measuring my portions. If I can just do this one thing for one week, I've had a successful week! Then the next week I'm motivated by my success to add another area of focus
Carbs are my downfall. If I eat them, I crave them more, and it's a vicious cycle. I gained 6 pounds in 5 weeks, so I got rid of my little "carb-y" snacks, and made sure that I had high protein snacks and fat-free, sugar-free treats to replace them (Jell-o - you're my hero!).
I am taking one day at a time. Enter everything I eat and drink...right now I am on day four...four successful days on this path. A few slips, but those I see as opportunities to learn...truly, the slips were around stuff I didn't know!