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Staying on Track Even on Bad Days

Monday, January 13, 2020

Even though it's been a Very Bad day, I'm continuing to track my nutrition, stay within my calorie goals, exercise for at least 10 minutes or more, do my physical therapy, drink plenty of water (and trying to stay positive - which has been a real struggle)

I haven't blogged in 5 days and one of my very kind Spark friends got in touch and asked how I am doing and said she missed my blogs. I appreciate that very much. One reason I haven't blogged is because my life really isn't interesting enough to blog daily - maybe weekly? And the other main reason is because I'm still having a stressful family situation and am feeling very sad. I felt I shouldn't blog unless I felt positive and could motivate and inspire others in some small way.

It occurred to me tonight that maybe blogging about my struggles could help me and others, too, so here I am. The way I've managed to stay on track today (when I normally would have thrown in the towel and given up on my goals!) is by:

Planning out my meals to make sure I knew what I could eat today and not go over my calorie goal. I even planned one comforting thing to eat as part of my plan.

I made myself get my umbrella and go out in the rain to walk. I only walked 11 minutes, but that it still keeping my Spark streak and it was nice to be outside on a rainy day.

I always drink plenty of water, so that was easy.

I did my PT later in the evening, but still got it done.

I didn't "feel" like doing any of these things, but I did them anyway. I'm used to eating to make the bad feelings go away (and truthfully, I wanted to binge on chocolate, but didn't). The hardest thing about not using food to handle emotions is that you are forced to feel the feelings and that is so difficult. I succumbed to tears and unsettling thoughts, but I also prayed a lot.

Still, I made it through the day and stayed on track and that has made me feel more control of my life in the midst of a situation that I have very little control over.

I read a Spark article about why people don't keep resolutions and I created a document detailing the reasons I really want to lose weight and get healthier. I also posted on my teams and supported others, and read and commented on blogs. As usual, being on SparkPeople helped me feel both useful and encouraged.

I hope tomorrow is a better and brighter day, but if it's not, I will continue to stay the course. It's the only thing that makes sense. Bad days will come, but better days are always just around the corner. We just have to hang on until they get here.

I still believe, with determination and perseverance, along with the support of others, we can all reach our goals. I'm wishing everyone all the best in reaching theirs.

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    Wonderful blog! Bad times come & go, right? You help me remember that! THX! emoticon emoticon
    176 days ago

    Hugs to you. It's so important to feel the feelings, but then "do it anyway". Good for you!

    Praying for all of your concerns.
    177 days ago
    emoticon your blog,you are showing a lot of
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    178 days ago
    emoticon blog, Miller. You've given all of us a emoticon gift, in showing us how you muddled through and stuck to your goals even on a very hard day.
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    I really love your blogs. You are so open and honest, and I have a great deal of admiration for you.
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    179 days ago
    emoticon Miller!
    I subscribe to your blogs and got the notice just now. Had to stop by and you know what-you encouraged me! As I said in my goodie note to you-I understand if you don't feel like blogging. Do what makes you feel good and it looks like this time it did. So good for you! I journal at home and when I have bad days-I just let all the frustrations our! It does make me feel better. It is kind of like those times when people write all the bad on a balloon and let it go into the wind. Once you do that-just forget about them. That is what journaling and even blogging does for me. If you don't feel like blogging, make a journal at least and keep your goals going no matter what. Even with a slip up or eating more calories,etc - don't let it derail you. It is just a curve in the road-get back on it and stay with it. Sometimes I am Soooooo tired at the end of a day-I lay down for a nap. Low and behold I get up refreshed and have a brighter outlook and sometimes, I will even exercise. Then that makes me feel even better-especially when I play uplifting music with my workout. Like Come Alive-the one I told you about.
    Hope all gets better soon with the family stress.
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    179 days ago
  • 922012
    Proud of you for working your program and taking care of you!
    179 days ago
    Way to go. Today has been one of those days. emoticon
    179 days ago
  • SPICY23
    emoticon I can relate to your situation: family issues that are out of control and sad-making, a life that's busy but in a very mundane way, not worth posting daily, the struggle to stay on course when the lifelong pattern/habit is to self medicate with food. Sending positive thoughts your way!

    Peace and Care
    179 days ago
    Thanks for sharing---and don't worry about not blogging every day. I try to keep up with friends blogs---But try as I may----I miss a lot of them. As for bad days, yesterday was certainly a Monday for me---with lots of stressors---which after hours on the phone (re: insurance matters) and a trip to my gym for paper work---the day finally ended. And I felt the aftermath of an unplanned for day---These things shall pass.
    179 days ago
    It's tough when things are beyond our control, but you're doing a great job controlling what you can. Hope it gets better soon.
    180 days ago
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    emoticon What an awesome blog! Stay the course, indeed. I love that phrase--it's hard and challenging, but so worth it in the end. All my best.
    180 days ago
  • 8HABIT
    Wow! What a great blog! Thank you for sharing.
    180 days ago
    Thank you for an inspirational post! I feel better now.
    180 days ago
    Good job with continuing onward even in the tougher times.
    180 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Sorry you are having some bad times. Your blog helped me with one of mine.
    180 days ago
    Yes, works towards success
    180 days ago
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