Pushed the "Reset" Button

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Over the past two weeks I have slowly, gradually slid off the SparkWagon. So slowly that I didn't really notice it until this Thursday or Friday. I let one or two things slide a day until eventually I wasn't tracking my food, exercising, or Sparking. And I know that I was eating above my calorie range.

I have the usual excuses: work was crazy, I was tired. I've been working very hard at my healthy lifestyle for two months and I was a little burned out. The most troubling thing, though, is that I always seem to do this right after a big success. I dropped 10 pounds in January and February, to halfway to my overall goal. My fitness test revealed spectacular success - I raised 4 of the 5 indicators that needed work to fair and made good progress on the fifth, plus I raised my bicep strength from fair to excellent. Rather than energize me to work harder, I rested on my laurels. And I'm certain I've gained weight because of it; tomorrow's weigh in will tell the tale. The less I did, the worse I felt. The worse I felt, the less I did. What a vicious circle.

Yesterday I decided to break it, although cautiously. I was careful about food, although I didn't track it, and worked out for 20 minutes. Today I'm tracking everything, and a Vinyasa yoga workout is on my to do list. A rainy Sunday feels like the perfect time to start over gently and let myself off the hook.

The larger problem is finding a way to avoid this cycle next time I have a big success. I'm honestly not sure where to start and would appreciate any advice you lovely Sparklers have to offer.

Also, I want to apologize to YOOVIE and the Mega B2W team for not participating in Mission 4 or 5. I'll get back at it tomorrow.
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    This is the best advice I've ever heard:

    "Ask yourself every day if what you're doing is sustainable. If the answer is no, then don't do it. Find other ways to make it work instead of push, push, push and then stopping when you get there. Lifestyle change, one SMALL step at a time."

    I know your reset button will get you back on track!
    3715 days ago
  • LIMENADE2011
    Everyone needs a reset every now and again. Thinking of ya! emoticon
    3718 days ago
    Sometimes we all need to hit that "reset" button. I LOVE Jenn's advice for you about ditching the diet mentality, too. You are amazing and awesome, and I think that our bodies and brains just need a little break sometimes. You will reach your goals, I have no doubt of that.
    3719 days ago
    Good for you! You didn't get too far off track, and you're starting again gently. I think you'll be just fine emoticon
    3720 days ago
  • CARLY9578
    The sooner a person pushes that button, hopefully the less progress lost. I always remember that it's changes over a period of time that make a difference. Overall I have a much healthier diet and am more fit with Sparkpeople. What a great program!
    3720 days ago
  • YOGINI18
    Everyone stalls from time-to-time on a journey. It's great that you are being gentle on yourself and taking easy steps back into things.
    3720 days ago
    Hey babe - sounds like you still have a bit of "diet syndrome" - i.e. you do really well and hit a big goal, then your brain decides you're "done with the diet" and you resume normal activity. You need to find the happy medium between dieting and not dieting and get rid of that normal activity that you keep reverting to - which means, ditch the diet mentality all together. Ask yourself every day if what you're doing is sustainable. If the answer is no, then don't do it. Find other ways to make it work instead of push, push, push and then stopping when you get there. Lifestyle change, one SMALL step at a time.
    3720 days ago
    GREAT JOB realizing what is happening and not being afraid to admit it and to reach for that "reset" button. I've been finding myself in that same cycle for the last three weeks, and yes...I too have various excuses for it. Last week I didn't weigh in and just this morning was thinking about skipping yet another week of it because I'm not happy with what I'm going to see. But, after reading your blog, I know I'm only cheating myself by not facing up to it and taking responsibility for my actions.

    I'm going to hit the "reset" button with you!!! Today starts with awareness of my food choices and tomorrow I will get back on that scale. We can get back on track excuses, only success and happiness!!!
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    3720 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7530689
    Good for you! You've convienced me to locate and push that restart button too. You'll do great.
    3720 days ago
    It is so easy to especially if you feel like you've reached a goal - but keep trucking and setting your eyes on something and stick to it! Great job on coming back here - you'll make it for sure!
    3720 days ago
    Good job on pushing the reset button! I'd say the fact that you recognized that it needed to be pushed is a good sign. You learn from what's happened and you keep moving forward! emoticon
    3720 days ago
    Congrats on pushing the reset button. The only problem we have is when we don't push the button. I am resetting today, too. emoticon
    3720 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3745250
    We all have to push the reset, ever so often.
    3720 days ago
    Our mistakes always teach us something. The fact that you want to get back on the Spark wagon is a good thing.
    3720 days ago
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