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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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Plan and track your meals

This is my umpteenth time trying to lose weight. What is working this time that I did before, but got lazy about later? Planning and tracking!

We keep hearing that journaling everything will work. We keep hearing that planning and tracking what you eat before you eat it, or immediately afte...

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Allow Yourself Mistakes

I don't know if this can count as a secret to success since I don't know if I would consider myself "successful" at this point. But I'm definitely feeling hopeful, rather than guilty or upset. But ultimately, the best way to get back on track is to allow yourself to make mistakes and then promptly...

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Clothes to tight

When my clothes start getting snug on me, I tell myself over and over time to start doing healthy things. It might take me 3 or 4 times to tell myself that, but then I think it finally sinks in. I get to business and exercise; go for walks and eat right.

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WILL BE BACK ON TRACK ASH WEDNESDAY

I have been working out a minimum of 120 minutes a day. I only do 30 minutes at a time, so I do not get frustrated or burnt out. It has been good so far.

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fas...

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Trust The Process

What I learned about everyday life is that everything starts with a thought and if you can change the way you process your thoughts you can change many areas of your life. If you want to lose weight, stop a bad habit, need motivation, or whatever you set out to do first think about what your thinkin...

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Detox Drink Removed My Cravings for Carbs and Sweets

I was having such a horrible time getting back to where I once was with my healthier eating habits after I started to reintroduce my old bad eating habits. I was baking breads and cakes, cookies, and all sorts of junk and I was so out of control I would look for any excuse to make these things justi...

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Keep weight tracker accurate

If you gain weight after a vacation or holiday, update tracker w/accurate weight! It's tempting to leave lower weight there. But don't b/c I've learned I lose the weight quicker when I can start using the tracker to show a weight loss, vs leaving it at the lower (inaccurate) weight & being reminded ...

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Falling isn't failing when we get back up

I am easily discouraged, but I am also easily motivated. When I don't succeed, I start again and again until success is mine. If I start again enough times, eventually momentum will build.

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Push the reset button

Bad day? Blow your calories? No problem. You can push the reset button anytime. If I've gone off track, whether it's for a month or a meal, I literally stop, take a moment to breathe deeply, and imagine myself pushing a giant RESET button. The image lets me release what I've done and move forward.

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You must be present to win

I have been a Sparkpeople member since 2012. I have not been active all that time however. I've been a stalker more or less, lurking in the shadows, reading content from time to time, logging my food intake on occasion. Since the first of the year, I've made a commitment to be more involved. I'v...

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