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help- i have fallen off the wagon and i can't catch it!!

in the last 15-20 weeks i have lost 20 pounds. i was feeling really great and my confidence was moving upward. well a few bad turns and a string of bad luck has caused me to regain about 12 pounds in the last 3-4 weeks. i am sick with the fact i have let this happen. i am having a terrible time getting back into the health mode. ( diet and exercise) has anyone got an idea on how to regain that spark that i started with. i still have about 50-60 pounds to lose

Wed. Jul 12, 3:31pm

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first off don't beat yourself for falling off, it happens to the best of us.

Just do it, as nike says. You can also put some sort of reward system in place. For example if your working out hard for a week plus watching what you eat maybe treat yourself to a new sports bra or something health and fitness related.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 3:45 PM

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One day at a time....

Just take it slowly and get back on track one day at a time...try not to look at the big picture just yet...focus on the fact that you have lost 8 lbs and know what it takes to be successful. Then make a promise to yourself to at least try for one day to stay with healthy foods and some sort of exercise...just one day. Then when that day is over, pat yourself on the back and then wake up the next morning with the thought that it is just one day again. Within a week or so, you will be back on track and your body will thank you! :) Don't give up though! You will feel even worse that you do now. You can do it!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 3:56 PM

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I had a very similar experience. I did great for 6 months and lost 38 pounds. Then life happened. All sorts of things came my way, and like you said, I fell off the wagon. In a bit over 2 months I gained back 11.5lbs. I almost quit. I barely logged and dropped out of all but one of my groups. Then I realized, I missed the way I felt while I was on that wagon. It doesn't matter if you fall off. What matters is that you get back on.

For me exercise helps everything else fall into place. If I make myself get even a small workout in the morning then I think back to that all day. It makes me want to eat better and often makes me want to get a longer workout in the evening. Try to find your trigger. What's the 1 change you can make that will lead to other changes? Maybe it's morning workouts like it is for me, or maybe it's getting enough fruits and veggies each day. For me it works best to think about a small change I can make because the thought of all the changes is intimidating. So pick one thing you can commit to and build on it.

You can do this! You're still 8lbs below where you were when you started, and that's nothing to scoff at. Come on, we're all here to pull you back in the wagon.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 4:43 PM

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I know what you mean

Hi-I did the exact same thing not that long ago. About 3 months ago I was doing so good and then for some reason I went back to eating the bad foods and I stopped exercising regularly. My boyfriend kept bugging me about when am I gonna get back on the treadmill again? I lost the motivation, and now my clothes dont fit like they did. Im gonna give it another try. I dont want to be heavy my whole life and I have a 6 yr old who needs a mom around. Good luck and keep me posted.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 7:58 PM

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GET A BUDDY RIGHT NOW!

Find a PT buddy who needs to get back on track, too. Challenge that person to just "one perfect day" (whatever that means to your health plan). Keep an eye on each other's log throughout that day and encourage each other as needed.

After you've had that one perfect day you'll feel so much more in control. Then challenge your buddy to one more perfect day. Keep this up for a week and the success you'll have will spark that motivation again.

If you need to find a buddy you can always join The Motivation Station team. There are plenty of people there willing to help get you back on track.

Trish

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:03 PM

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This is where Peer Trainer really comes in handy - there are plenty of folks here who can help you get back on track. I would say just about all of us have been at the point you are at and you just have to keep re-commiting yourself to diet and exercise. I want to get old gracefully and I want to look good while I'm young and I can't do it fat, but there are days when the short term taste of food or the convenience of bad choices wins out and this is where you need to log log log!!! Really read what you are doing to yourself. I know I can fall off the wagon, but keeping up my logs helps me back on fast! Best wishes to you!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:36 PM

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thanks to all of you. i was feeling really down and out but now i see that light starting to shine in again. i has just caught me off guard how fast you can fall in a short tiime. i am taking all you have offered to heart to pull myself back up again. first thing i did do was go get a workout in to relieve some of my stress. one day at a time !!!

Thursday, July 13, 2006, 3:49 PM

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