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Finding a buddy who is going through some of the same struggles you are can be of benefit. If you are having trouble keeping up with exercise, check in with a friend who will help keep you accountable. Or better yet, find someone with whom you can exercise.
When you need to get back on track with fitness, don't let it overwhelm you. Use the SparkPeople 10 minute videos. 10 min is easy to squeeze in and you're able to positively focus on what you accomplished.
Instead of reacting to what happened, take charge beforehand. People make mistakes or slip up; it's not the end of the world if you eat cupcakes or don't exercise for a day. Simply blaming fate or giving up is cheating yourself. Plan, do, be, and keep going.
One of the biggest things that has helped me stick with Spark People for 2+ years now, is that I made a commitment to myself that no matter how successful (or unsuccessful) I felt, and no matter how far I "fell off the wagon", I was NOT going to give up!!
If you are going somewhere and find yourself traveling in the wrong direction, you do not continue in that direction......as soon as possible, you turn around and get back on the correct road. Try to treat slip-ups like that. Avoid the 'I've already blown it' thinking,
It's not that hard anymore for me. I just bring out old pics of me weighing in at 545 lbs and look where I'm at now, 297 and remember how it FELT to be such a huge person. That's how it's easy for me to get back on track again !
So you have (slightly) overeaten. You don't gain four pounds all of the sudden. So what happened happened and go for it again and don't be too surprised if you have lost a couple of pounds because of your 'terrible misstep'. Go for it! Goodluck and together we will make it!
The one thing that has kept me on track is to take responsibility for all my choices, not to blame others or even myself for the choice, and not to make excuses. The choice and ultimate outcome is totally my responsibility. It all comes down to what I choose to do. The choice is mine.
Too often we play the game of I start again tomorrow, Monday or next week. The secret is stop doing the negative as soon as you can don't wait. If it means throwing out that last bite, cookie or whatever the case maybe do it. Start now making right choices.