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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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YOU

It's all about you. YOU can get off track, but YOU also have the power of getting on track.

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thinking about one more snack?

skip it and go to bed or take a nap instead! i am not sure how many calories are burnt while sleeping, but eating only adds to the calories.
Sweet Dreams!

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Be Proactive, Plan Ahead

So often we slip up because we just let things happen to us instead of planning ahead. Didn't exercise? Plan it and stick to your schedule. Going to be around junk food? Take your own healthy snack. Be proactive, not reactive.

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GPS For Life

When you slip off track, have a card catalog created to get you back on. Use flash cards and write things to do when you go off track. Pick your usual situations that take you off track, and make a couple cards for each it. (ie: Eat too much, have a card say "that meal is over, start again" or

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Look at all you have accomplished!

When you detour from your journey, instead of giving up and giving in to all temptations, look at all the progress you have made so far. You don't want to have to work to lose those same pounds all over again. So if you slip up, learn from it and refocus on your accomplishments and your goals.

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Treat Everyday as the 1st Day of Your Life

Everyone makes mistakes. It's part of being human. We just aren't perfect. Treat everyday as the 1st day of your new and healthy life. Give yourself a pep talk when you start off each day to help you keep yourself on track.

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Captain of your ship

Your are the captain of your ship, which is your body. If you're off course, you don't throw up your hands and let the wind take you away. You gradually correct course and head for where you want to go. There is dignity in quiet strength and perseverance.

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Rejuvenation

I recently hit a mental plateau - my body and my mind were not in agreement with my workout regime. My mind decided it was bored with what we were doing and made it real easy to cut my workouts short. I needed a new plan of action - totally revamped my workout.

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Never, ever start over or from Day 1 !!

What I found has been different this time for me is I NEVER, EVER start over or from Day 1 when I have a slip, I forgive myself gently and start my normal planning and workouts. Starting over reminds us of all the failed diets, which can lead to collapse..every year, month, day still counts!

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Read The Spark

Whether you have 10 or 100 lbs (or more) to lose The Spark will ease you into a managable routine to begin your new healthy lifestyle! It starts you out super easy and takes you through 4 weeks of life changes. If you are new to SP it helps explain how the site works as well.

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