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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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Take a break

We all need to really rest from time to time. Sometimes I rest my program. It's different than giving up or throwing it away. I'm just taking care of myself so as not to get upset and quit something I really want to do. So rest a while and then come on back.

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Empty your head

Try to empty your head.
Refill your batteries and start fresh.
Disconnecting for a moment helps to make you aware of what you really have to do.

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change

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.

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To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

My friend sent me this quote- and it is now what I live by.
Change is hard but necessary. In order to get the results that we are looking for we have to do something different.

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Eating Out Tip

This idea might not work for everyone, but if you're not too hung up on being spontaneous, it might help you: I went onto SP and checked out the menu in advance (using an online menu) and entered what I kinda knew I was going to eat. I actually got to eat stuff and enjoy it - it worked fairly well.

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Picking yourself up and continuing

Having lovely supporting people ... who encourage you even when things are down and bad.

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Plan Ahead

Plan out and journal your food a day ahead of time. That way throughout the day you know where you stand in your calorie count. If you want to make substitutions or additions along the way you will know where you stand before getting to dinner and realizing you went over!

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Analyze Your Sparkpeople Fitness and Nutrition Reports

When I start losing focus, I can look at the Reports to see if I really have been consistently working towards my goal. Do I need to up the cardio, cut a few more calories or see if certain days of the week (like weekends) have been trouble spots? It's all there for you!

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Getting back on track

Sometimes, it isn't as easy to get back on track but its worth it.

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Don't Wait

In the past, if I slipped up, I would say 'screw it' and just keep eating bad for the rest of the day. It would turn into the next day, then the next week. Now, I don't wait until the next day, I start with the next snack or meal. I feel good about, and the little slip up is a lesson learned.

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