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I can do anything for one day!!

Every morning when I wake up I say to myself today I'm going to stick to my diet only for one day!!! I can do anything for one day!!! I don't think about how much I have to lose I just say one day at a time. And guess what all those one days add up and BOOM your at your goal!!! emoticon

- Submitted by ABONDGIRL 4/20/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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When facing temptation...

I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."

Remembering that I have made weight loss and a healthy lifestyle the priority helps me put temptations and cravings in perspective--it takes away their power, and empowers me to make mindful choices.

- Submitted by AGILECAT 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments
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Remembering Successes

Having one of those days? Stop and think back to a recent success. How did you feel? What was your level of motivation? Capture that mindset and keep pushing forward! emoticon

- Submitted by AMLANE04 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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Self-talk

I have found that being gentle with myself when I've not been able to stick to my plan has been the most effective way to bring me back on track. I make sure I say kinder things to myself when I slip up. Harsher self-talk makes the slip-up last longer.

- Submitted by KATRINA023 5/26/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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Quit thinking!!

Just STOP the thought train that creates "reasons" (excuses) and debates whether or not you should exercise or eat right. When I hear myself debating and rationalizing, I call myself out on it. "Heyyyyyy.........wait a minute........" Once I realize where that train is headed, I jump right off and get back on the right track. Listen to yourself and quit thinking! ;-)

- Submitted by ODAT1117 7/10/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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In For The Long Haul

Either I'm too stubborn or a slow learner, but I finally realized that I have to eat for the rest of my life, not "diet" for it, so I make sure I eat all the things I love, that comfort me, that satisfy me, only make them "lighter and healthier". Some things I really love are already pretty healthy. I love mushrooms, and prawns, and salmon. As for the rest I can either substitute or change the cooking methods and voila! It's pretty painless and something I can finally maintain for the long haul.

- Submitted by ARIELLEKELLY 10/8/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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Don't Give Yourself Options

My husband and I followed SP together to lose our weight (he lost 80+ pounds). He taught me there are no options (as someone else said, treat it like a job). It's not "if" you should work out. You must work out. It's not "if" you will eat healthy. You will eat healthy. Do NOT give yourself the option. My husband still practices this. One example -- No matter what time he gets home at night, he works out. Whether it's 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. Talk about inspirational!

- Submitted by NPDSLEUTH 10/14/2013 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Use your phone alarm to remind you of your plan during the day!

I set my alarm on my phone to remind me when to eat and drink. I eat every 2.5 hours - 5 small meals a day and drink my water before the meals. This helps me keep on track and I never feel hungry. Before you know it, all my meals are done, I feel full and I look forward to starting a new day and seeing my results!

- Submitted by MCCC75 11/3/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Be patient and persistent

It took me nearly a year to lost 30 lbs but being patient and persistent makes a difference. So does a commitment to minimum of 10 minutes day exercise, tracking, drinking water & staying connected to SparkPeople :-)

- Submitted by MOONSTREAM 11/15/2013 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Drink Green Tea

When I get really stressed, I make and drink a hot cup of tea. The best part is that I add honey and lemon juice if I want! I associate green tea with relaxation now because I am an emotional eater. Now, instead of bingeing when I get stressed I can indulge in one of my favorite drinks! With WAY less calories!

- Submitted by MIMI1878 11/9/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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