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Top 5 Things that can sabatoge your "Get Healthy" Groove

Updated on May 7, 2012

The Health Kick

Getting healthy is a lifestyle change. Sure, there are always advertisements for the "Get Healthy Quick" gimmicks that promise no effort. The key word is gimmick and the problem is they seldom work. The magic pills promise to fight the fat; yet things just stay the same or get worse because you are depending on something else that isn't in your control.

When the new year starts, many people decide it is time to start a new health kick. Yet this healthy attitude often times gets overpowered by busy lifestles and just pure laziness and a lack of determination.

Sometimes people just get into the health kick because they start feeling uncomfortable in their own skin. They wake up one day and they realize they no longer know the person staring back at them. When this happens they are ready to make changes.

Most likely, this health kick will be the start of a workout program, making healthier choices when it comes to food, and maybe even kicking some of those other bad habits. Yet be warned... there are so many things in life that will attempt to sabatoge your efforts. So make those good habits a firm habit before you go back to were you started!

So what are these top 5 things that can sabatoge you? They may be something that you never thought of... and even worse... that you can't avoid!

5. Vacation... oh so good... but oh so bad!

Everyone looks forward to vacation... so the thought that vacation could be bad for you might come with a little bit of anger. After all, itt is a chance to get away and relax! It is a time to rejuvinate. How can that be bad for you?

Think of how you spend your time rejuvinating. Is fast food your food of choice? Are you drinking too much alcohol? Are you straying from your traditional workout routines? Most likely all three of these are going to be answered with a yes. But they are all parts of being on vacation, but they make it very easy to lose your routine. Once your routine is lost, it might be difficult to get back into.

A good reason to go on vacation!

My sisters and me before the wedding. This was one of the reasons I began the journey in the first place!
My sisters and me before the wedding. This was one of the reasons I began the journey in the first place! | Source

Dance the night away!

This might have been the only form of exercise I got the whole entire vacation. By the way, that is mythicalstorm273 dancing with me! :)
This might have been the only form of exercise I got the whole entire vacation. By the way, that is mythicalstorm273 dancing with me! :) | Source

For anybody that has known me, I have been on a kick to lose weight and get healthier. My vacation was the reason I started this journey in the first place. After all, my sister was getting married and I didn't want to be the "fat bridesmaid". This was also going to be the first time I saw most of my family in almost a year. Frankly, I wanted the "Wow" factor to happen. So I got to work!

From the time I started my weight loss journey, I had lost more than 30 pounds (this was started before my journey with P90X) and I had shred 23 inches. That was a whole lot of weight. It was well worth it though. The dress fit me perfectly (good thing I lost the weight or I probably wouldn't have even got a thigh in there) and I will happily admit I dropped some jaws. In fact, my own father didn't even recognize me standing next to him. (I will give him a break since he had just finished a long shift at work!)

Needless to say, this vacation also meant we were trying to squeeze in visits with many family and friends. My eating habits - well- were not to be admired. The alcohol I consumed.... made for some fun times. And the exercise... was pretty much nonexistant (unless you count dancing at the wedding and running from place to place). There just didn't seem to be enough time in the day to do everything!

When I got back home, I had gained back 3 pounds. Talk about devestating. After all that hard work, one week off and 3 pounds snuck up really fast. Luckily for me though, most of it was water retention and within a few days, I was back to normal!

So the lesson in all of this: Vacations are a great way to relax and rejuvinate and really connect with family and friends. However, don't go too crazy if you aren't prepared to deal with the consequences. While my choices could have been considered "bad" in terms of healthy decisions, I still watched myself and was conscious of the decisions I was making. Therefore I was prepared for what could happen.

If you have been on a health kick, you will find a vacation might be those two steps back in your progress. The key is to get back to your routine once you get back. It doesn't take long to revert back to old habits!

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4. Cold, Cold... go away!

Getting sick is sometimes unavoidable. However, the more you exercise and the healthier you are, the more likely you are to have a strong immune system. Yet, even the strongest of immune systems sometimes crash.

This is what happened to me. I had run myself into the ground during my vacation. I was stressing beforehand (not good for your immune system) and during the vacation I was stressing to visit as many people as possible.

I also wasn't getting much sleep the whole time we were on vacation. To add to it, we chose to drive for the trip instead of fly. Not only did we drive the 40 hours one way, but we did it with very little stopping. That meant no hotels and only trying to catch a few zzz's while in the car. Now if you are tired enough... this isn't a problem... unless of course your kid keeps kicking the back of the seat. Yes, I have already been told that I was crazy! And on the way back, we were on crunch time. My husband had to be to work by Monday. I guess that goes to show - no rest for the weary.

On the Saturday after the wedding, I woke up and my throat felt a little scratchy. No alarms went off as I had spent the prior night singing at the top of my lungs and drinking a whole lot of beer. I played it off as being dehydrated. However, it didn't matter how much I tried to drink, the scratchy dry feeling would not go away.

On Sunday, it was worse. I was having a hard time swallowing anything. We stopped for breakfast and I really didn't have much of an appetite. That is when I looked in the mirror. My whole throat was covered in white dots and my tonsils were the size of golf balls. No wonder my throat was hurting! Needless to say - we still had another 16 hours left on the road - and my husband had to be to work by Monday.

We pulled into the house at 5:30 a.m. I drove majority of the night so my husband could get some rest. However, the longer into the night it went, the worse I got.

Needless to say, I don't remember much of the following two weeks. I did alot of sleeping. I went to Urgent Care. I went back to the doctor. And I got nothing done.

Falling victim of strep throat and tonsilitus really hurt my workouts. I have been sick before and have pushed through a workout, but not this time. This time I couldn't manage anything.

The lesson here - if your sick, you need your rest. Listen to your body and do only what you can. I went for a few walks, but I only pushed myself as hard as I thought I could handle. And if I pushed myself too hard, I was completely wiped out for the rest of the day... and this was when I thought I was starting to get better. Now I am not suggesting you can't do any workouts when you are sick, but you do need to be smart about it. Your body is already working hard trying to fight off your cold. Don't overdo it. But when you are done being sick, make sure you get back in to the habit. You might not feel as strong but eventually it will feel as if you never missed a beat.

Or you can be stubborn like me. I got antsy being unable to work out. So, I figured if the rest wasn't doing the trick, I was going to scare it away with one of my intense workouts. So I did Turbo Fire. I fluttered around completely uncoordinated; I even wanted to fall to the ground a few times. But, suddenly the next day, I felt better. So, maybe the cold had run it's course after two weeks, or maybe it is just scared of my intensity. Either way, it is good to be back to my workouts!

The dreaded baby fat...

I have been pregnant 3 times. Each time, I have struggled to lose the weight I gained. However, I know I am not alone in this battle.
I have been pregnant 3 times. Each time, I have struggled to lose the weight I gained. However, I know I am not alone in this battle. | Source

I can work out too!

I usually try to do my workouts when the kids are not around, but sometimes that can't be avoided and then my kids even join me for my workouts.
I usually try to do my workouts when the kids are not around, but sometimes that can't be avoided and then my kids even join me for my workouts. | Source

3. Kids - Wasn't being pregnant enough?

Yes - kids will do everything in their power to sabatoge your "get healthy" attitude. You may think this is cruel of me to say, but it is the truth. I am not saying they are doing it on purpose. But they will sneak in and distract you!

First off, working out with kids is a challenge. Sure, you can get a gym membership that will watch them while you work out. But that costs money and sometimes the money can't be sacrificed so the body is. Or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who have kids in school while you can stay home and do your workout. But if you have a normal 9-5 job, does that really matter. Probably not.

So what does this mean, just as your heart starts beating from your jumping jacks, you will here a "Mommy..." (or daddy) because at that precise moment they need something from you. Nevermind that they won't need anything the entire hour after your workout, and probably didn't need anything before your workout. Yet, the second you start working out, they will need something. It is a guarantee!

Most of my workouts are done without the kids around (because they are sleeping), but sometimes it is unavoidable. I have had my son jump on me during a yoga pose (not good for balance) and he has even run off with my weights. In addition, I have had to pause my workout to fill an empty cup and even to change a dirty diaper.

On a good note, nothing makes me happier than when my kids realize what I am doing. This is showing them that being healthy is a good thing. My daughters have occasionally tried to join me in some of my workouts. They have complained about how hard it is, but it has made them appreciate the effort it takes to be strong. We have had a lot of discussions about being healthy and the importance of moving your body. However we do not talk about weight loss. My daughters are going to be teenagers soon and I don't want them to have thoughts of being fat or self-esteem issues because of how serious I am with working out.

Meatloaf for Dinner!

Meatloaf is typically an adult entree. Not saying all kids dislike meatloaf, but several won't even try it!
Meatloaf is typically an adult entree. Not saying all kids dislike meatloaf, but several won't even try it! | Source

Seriously Mom! Do you really think I am gonna eat that?


Kid's can also sabatoge your best intentions when it comes to eating healthy foods. I like to compare it to meatloaf (not that meatloaf is the best healthy choice to make!) Kid's have a tendency to push away what they might consider adult foods. It isn't that all kids will stick their tongue out at meatloaf; some might even admit to liking it. Yet, meatloaf is one of those things that seem to be better fit for a more mature taste palate. I will admit as a kid, I never asked for meatloaf!

That being said, what kid is gonna wanna, indulge in Salmon or some kind of Warm Potato and Edamame Salad. Heck, those don't even sound particularly mouth-watering to me! So you have a choice - make something healthy for you and a different meal the kids will eat; force your children to eat what you make whether they like it or not; or attempt to eat the meals you know they will enjoy.

For me, it is a toss up. I have taught my kids that not all healthy foods are bad and they are slowly adjusting their taste buds. They do eat chicken breast, a variety of vegetables and even some types of fish. However, we will still have spaghetti, hamburgers and hotdogs, or even pizza. These are meals that are high in calories (which means you have to watch your portions) and may not be the smartest choice is your trying to eat healthy!

Yet eating healthy can be expensive on the budget. Fresh fruits and vegetables can break the bank (especially if they aren't eaten in a timely matter and get tossed in the garbage.) Expensive choice cuts of meat are pricey and if the kids don't eat it, those to will get tossed in the garbage. So, while kids may sabatoge your healthy choices, you have to make a choice of what you are going to do. You can eat smaller portions and still have tacos with your family, or you can spend the extra money and cook yourself a different meal from your family. Personally, I don't want to make two separate meals... so I guess I am eating tacos and keeping my portions in check!

Just Eat It!

2. Family and Friends

What? How could family and friends possibly be bad for you?

Well let me tell you...

When it comes to family, you don't necessarily have a choice. If they invite you over for dinner, they are going to cook whatever they want, and not eating it could be taken as rude. However, they might not be conscious of your attempt to be healthier. So pile on the chocolates and pile on the appetizers and pile on the alcohol.

The favorite family culprit - for me that has always been my Grandma. It didn't matter if we had just eaten, if we would go over there for a visit, she would try to feed us. You could deny the food forever, but she would just keep pushing. So finally, if you want to hear the end of it, you will finally start snacking.

Unfortunately, you can't do anything about your family. So, as a person trying to change bad habits, you can either be very open and vocal about your goals, or just do what you can when you visit to satisfy their need to feed you and your need to not overindulge. This might mean cutting back the portions or even bringing a dish to pass (something healthy like a fruit and veggie tray!) It might also mean doing an additional workout to make up for those additional calories!

Now I am not saying all family is bad when it comes to your goals. Some will even support you by offering healthier suggestions and understanding when you say no to the high-calorie dishes. They may also be a part of your support system. My husband is great at this. He encourages me to eat healthy and tells me how good I am doing on this journey.

Now for those friends....

Find friends that will be active with you...

Food and alcohol doesn't have to be the center of every gathering. Go with friends on a hike... or maybe even play in the snow for a good old fashioned snowball fight. Imagine the calories burned playing!
Food and alcohol doesn't have to be the center of every gathering. Go with friends on a hike... or maybe even play in the snow for a good old fashioned snowball fight. Imagine the calories burned playing! | Source

Did you ever notice that your friends do what you do and you do what your friends do? Ok - so that may sound obvious. After all, it is probably one of the reason you are friends in the first place. It is a common interest.

But what if this common interest revolves around food? Or what if it revolves around alcohol? Chances are good that bad habits will rub off. If you get together and have a few drinks with a friend that could add up to several "empty" calories.

Now for a shot, calories will vary from drink to drink... but it will ranges from 55 calories to 100 calories or more. So, if you add that shot to a soda you will have an additional 140 calories (can of regular Coke). So for every drink you consume, you are downing almost 200 calories that do you absolutely no good! Now - how many drinks do you have when you are hanging out with friends. Just a few drinks could eat up half of your alloted calories for the day!

If your friends are sedentary, chances are likely that you won't be getting any kind of exercise when you are hanging out. This means those few extra drinks are not being burned off. Did you ever wonder why those beer guts start popping out? Think about it - binge drinking and no activity.

Now I am not saying you have to give up your friends if this is something you relate to. However, if your friends are like this, you are going to have to work specially hard to work off the extra calories and junk food.

The other option is to hang out with others who have similiar goals as you. Join walking groups or find people who enjoy sports and other activities to help you burn calories. It isn't that you need to give up old friends, but finding new friends with similiar motivations will give you a great support system.

Is Your Mind Sabotaging You?

This video has some great thoughts on sabotaging yourself, however, the author, Barbergirl28, does not endorse any products promoted.

Check out this additional information...

Achieving a Successful Workout Plan - Are you ready to take the first step in "Getting Healthy?" This hub is full of information on how to get there and be successful!

Sneaky Subliminal Messages - Subliminal Messages are everywhere. They might even be sabatoging any "Get Healthy Goals" you might have set for yourself. To learn more about sneaky subliminal messages, be sure to check out this informative hub!

1. You are your own worst enemy

Sure, the other 4 reasons are easy. That means you don't have to take responsibility for falling off the "Get Healthy" wagon. But really, what are those other "Sabatogers?" They are nothing more than an excuse. And you are the only one that can give it.

Yes - When it comes to your "Get Healthy" groove, you are ultimately the only one that can push it away. It is up to you to get up and do what you have to do. You will be the person benefiting from getting healthier. Sure, your family and friends will notice the differance and some may even join you on your journey as you are an inspiration to them. In the long run, being healthier means you have a higher chance of being around for awhile, whether it is for your spouse or for your kids.

According to Tynan Slade in "How Many People Die From Obesity Each Year? - Shockingly Hundreds Per Day!", obesity related illness claim 850 lives a day and more than 300,000 lives a year.

Considering this is an average and the number is going up at an alarming rate - it is just mind boggling! Now do you want to be part of these statistics?

Yes, that is right! It is a scare tactic and I hope it got you thinking. Because when it comes down to it, you are your own worst enemy. It is up to you to keep working out, eating healthy, and making positive changes in your life.

Vacations - may stunt your progress - but you can always center a vacation around doing some kind of phyiscal activity. And no vacation requires you to overeat until you feel miserable!

Illness - everybody will occasionally get sick, but the healthier you are, the less likely you are to come down with a cold.

Kids - This is a prime opportunity for you to show them the right direction. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and frankly there is no reason for it. Get the kids away from the video games and computers and the TV... they should be outside playing. That was what I did as a kid!

Family and Friends - While you can't choose your family, you can choose your friends! Frankly, if your friends aren't supportive of your healthy lifestyle, they really aren't true friends in the first place. I am not suggesting you have to convert everybody or that you even have to give up your social group, but they should at least respect your decision.

So what does that leave you with - YOU - and you are the only one that can get in the way of getting healthy?

So what are you still doing here? Leave a comment, share your story and get going. America is in an Obesity Epidemic and we can change it... one person at a time!


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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Londonlady - I actually went to a Weird Al concert when I was a sophomore in high school. I remember the song from then... or maybe it was because my husband has the CD. Who knew Weird Al could teach such valuable life lessons! :)

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      Laura Writes 5 years ago

      Hahaha, the Weird Al song is hilarious! I used it in one of my presentations when I gave a speech about eating healthy. Listening to it again just brought up good memories. Nice hub!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @healthylife2 - Glad I could motivate you. I know for me, one of the things I find the hardest is social gatherings. I can't be sure of what I am actually eating and I have a tendency to have a couple of drinks and that adds up. I feel your pain. But remember, as long as you are good 80% of the time, those fun times with family and friends shouldn't be too bad. After all, it is about enjoying life! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Peggy W - One of my biggest problems is food. I hate to admit it, but sometimes I exercise just so I can eat. I love it too much. However, I have come to realize that I really do enjoy a good hard workout. When I don't get my workouts in, I become very cranky! :)

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I think I have used all of the above to deviate from my health goals but am finally back into an exercise routine. I'm still trying to figure out how to mix my social life with my goals. I do go on walks etc. with friends but getting together for dinner is still part of our social life and for some reason people aren't into green smoothies for a main course. Thanks for the motivation! Voted up!!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have given some good examples of why we fall off of the wagon with regard to healthy eating and exercising, but mostly it is up to every individual to want it enough in order to succeed. My husband and I have joined a gym so have added more exercise into our routines than merely walking. Now...if only he was not such a good cook! There is good and bad in that. Ha! Up votes and sharing. This will hopefully help kick start more people into thinking about good health habits.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @prairieprincess - There are obstacles every place we look. I know when the summer started I was hoping to get down to my ideal weight. I was only a few pounds away and I have struggled the entire summer. What can I say - too many BBQs going on and lots of cook outs. My eating hasn't been the best with cooling down with ice cream treats. However, it is never too late to start fresh! :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Barbergirl, this is a very good explanation of the things that can draw you down. It is so hard to keep on track! I completely agree with you about the holiday thing. It takes a lot of effort to stay on program when you are out having fun and trying to forget all your worries. Great hub and congratulations on losing the weight! Voted up and more.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Daffy Duck - LMAO - Yeah - I hope so! He does have a collection of transformers! LOL

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      If i do come over hopefully the only thing he shows me of his is his big screen. LOL! J/K

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Natashalh - Lucky for me I have really made a strong point about food with both my family and friends, so they have been pretty supportive. But, there are the occasions... you just have to try this. Please don't insist! But it luckily does go both ways... healthy friends are definately good to have as well - but I wouldn't throw away my unhealthy friends either. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @algarveview - There are just so many things out there getting in the way. Vacations are the worst when it comes to this, but I can say I rather be sabatoged then skip out on vacation! :) Glad you enjoyed this!

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - I was feeling pretty good for Cassie's wedding and even though I have been sick I have really tried to stay positive. I think maybe the positivity will get rid of the cold! ha ha - my goal is by the next time you guys all see me... I will have hit my goal and be pretty toned and rocking it. Right now I am about 6 pounds away from re-evaluation. By then I should have a good idea where I want to get to and I am hoping to be there by the end of summer! :) Confidence looks good on everybody... and it also does wonders for attitude!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I have a friend who always wants me to eat a lot when I'm out with her. She will totally insist I eat (whatever the item is), even when I try to say I don't want it! So, yes, I agree that friends can be a major healthy lifestyle obstacle. But, on the other hand, healthy friends can be beneficial.

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, loved this, great hub, really enjoyed your way of putting things and are you right or what?! Completely... Vacations are terrible and the kids really don't help... Anyway, voted up and useful and sharing! Have a wonderful day!

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      Okay so I had already read this, but I guess I had never gotten around to leaving you a comment. You did look beautiful for Cassie's wedding! Plus with how sick you have gotten I am surprised at how much you have kept your spirits up. You are doing amazing and I know everybody was impressed with how you looked during her wedding. I can't wait until we get to see you again because by then you will probably be at your goal weight and looking great... also you just glow when you have that confidence!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Lord - Thank you so much. I have been on several journeys throughout my life... oddly most of it starts with pregnancy. But I wouldn't trade my kids for anything! :) Thanks for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed this!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Danette - Well said! We are the only ones that can do it... if we want to get healthy - it is up to us to eat in moderation and get moving a little more! We are the only ones that can make a change! :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Daffy Duck - At least you are willing to admit to it. I am sure I have some old injuries somewhere that I ignore and just do it anyway ... oh who am I kidding. I still play off my old surgery on my stomach from back in 2000... how many times have I used that as an excuse in the 90 days of P90X? If I didn't mention it I am sure I was thinking it.

      As for the TV - I will let you in on a little secret... shhhh... don't tell anyone. We only have that big of a TV because we rented it. Before we moved last year our only two TVs both died - the main one and the old junky one my in-laws gave to my kids so they could watch movies in their room. That meant we would have no TVs in our house and my kids just wouldn't be able to handle no cartoons for that long. So, because we couldn't afford to buy even a cheap TV we rented one - and it was a better deal to rent the huge one (because it was cheaper) to rent one that seemed more logical. But you are more than welcome to come over and watch it. My husband likes to show off his big screen! :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Brett - I know all about lettting loose on a Holiday... I just got rid of every single starburst jelly bean in the house... by eating them! Yep - I know the only one I can blame is myself... but they did taste really good! Now how many jumping jacks is that? LOL

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      Joseph De Cross 6 years ago

      Pretty amazing journey you have taken us with you. Pregnancy is a dreaded situation that can kick you off the curve. I'm glad you have become a success with your own stories. The pictures are wonderful! Loving kids and I'm happy for you!


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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      As you said, it's all starts in your head. We can have all the support in the world, a top personal trainer, top of the line equipment, cute running clothes, etc., but the motivation and desire has to come from within yourself before you can really make progress. And when you stumble, you can't beat yourself up over it, you just have to acknowledge where you went wrong and get right back on track.

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      Yeah I know it's me. Thanks for pointing it out to everyone else. LOL! Actually I do have old injuries that come into play too. No kidding. It's still mainly me though.

      By the looks of your tv, you're living pretty good. Can I come live with you guys? You wouldn't mind a fourth (40 yr old) child would you? :)

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      A very interesting and honest review of the challengers. I definitely let loose on holiday, so the rules all get broken. I know it is bad, but it is an old habit lol. However, excuses aside, you are right ... it is up to 'you' to say no and stick to your changes. It does help however if you have support, like with family, friends, partner or your club.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Ruchira - Thank you - I am glad that you enjoyed this. I know those last few pounds are always the hardest. Right now I have about 12 to 13 pounds to go until I am at goal and then reassess. Then I will probabably set a new goal at that time depending on how I am feeling. However, I will admit since I have become this "Get Healthy" advocate, I have never felt better! Sore alot... but much better.

      And those dresses were gorgeous. My sister did a good job picking them out. I actually didn't see the dress until 4 days before the wedding. I lucked out though because the dress fit based off the measurements I gave them several months ago. If I wouldn't have lost the weight, they would have had a lot of work to do! :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      Great story Stacy. I am still struggling to lose my pounds after my cruise in December...I have been exercising kinda off n on but not regularly. Gotta stick to a regime...oh well, let's see when that day will come when stepping on the machine will bring a smile.

      Btw...ur pix are great. You were looking smashing in that gown :)

      Wishing you luck !!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @drbj - Thank you so very much. Persistence really is the key. Ironically, I worked so hard to reach that goal that after it was over I was thinking Now What? Now I have to reassess the situation. Time to come up with new goals and new time lines. Luckily though - I am still working out! :)

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      This is excellent healthy information, Stacy, thank you for taking the time to share it. I admire your dedication to the weight loss program you were on. And the results are very evident in that photo of you and your lovely sisters - how beautiful you all are. Keep up the wokout routine - you know how it pays off. Go get 'em, tiger!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Missolive - There is nothing worse than sabatoging yourself. If I have learned anything it is that when it comes to this, I have complete control. I am the only one that can decide what I eat and what or how many workouts I do. In away, when you think about it, the whole thing is really cut and dry. Yet, ironically, while the process seems easy there are so many other factors in life that seem to make it nearly impossible. And as we age it only gets harder and harder unfortunately. Hopefully people who are struggling with similiar issues will come across this and realize that they are not alone and it really isn't impossible if you get the right mindset. Thanks for stopping by and I am glad I could link to your hub as well! :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      barbergirl28 - boo sabotage!! At 46 I've had my fair share of weight challenges. I managed to drop the weight after each pregnancy. My youngest is 13 and I can't use the pregnancy excuse anymore LOL. It sure knows how to creep back up. The good thing is that when I get determined to do something there is no stopping me. Great pictures by the way! Thanks for including the link to my hub. You have been a great example and inspiration for many of us. Nice job!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Just Ask Susan - Congratulations on your victory on the scale. The worst part when you get injured is just the lack of activity, and then you eat because you are bored. I know food is my worst enemy. I love it to much to truly behave. So, when I exercise... I do alot so I can eat! It is my reward. And I understand the difficulty with the food. Healthy food is expensive and it seems that food prices just rose ridiculously! Keep doing what you are doing and I bet that 20 pounds will come off in no time!

      Thanks for the compliment too... I love the picture of all the sisters together! It is one of my favorite ones! :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - The funny thing is... when I started this it was mainly because I was ticked off... I was missing my workout... and there was nothing I could do about it. I was sick... but I had already missed so many because we were on vacation. So it started off a realization on how easy it was to fall of the wagon. Because it was difficult to jump back in. It took so long to make it a habit, but it was so... comfortable... to drop the habit just like that. Sitting on the couch watching TV was easy. It kind of made me feel a little disgusted with myself.

      But, then I don't know what happened. It took me so long to write that it just kind of switched gears. Yep - because at the end of it, I realized that it really was an excuse. I could have worked out when I was on vacation - my parents have an elliptical machine. I choose not too.

      Glad I can give you some inspiration through this! And yes - walking through a casino would definately be active! LOL Especially when one of us hits a jackpot or a specialty game - we can jump up and down - it would be like Casino Jumping Jacks! LOL

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had lost about 20 pounds on my last dieting attempt. Sad to say I gained probably about 15 of those pounds back. I blame it on my husbands cooking :) When I cook I tend to stay away from processed food and try to cook as healthy as I can afford to. But now that it is me doing all the cooking again I was happy when I got on the scale today and found that I'd lost 3 pounds. Dieting is a struggle and the older I get the harder it gets. My biggest problem is I don't get enough exercise.

      I've followed you all through your amazing journey and you've done such a great job. You're a true inspiration. I suppose if you want something bad enough you'll just do it.

      Great picture of you and your 3 sisters. You look fantastic by the way.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok well does walking around a casino count? I'll be active with you! Hahaha!

      Really great points and I tell you - you're a great coach. You really make the experience seem FUN and the goals and rewards are worth reaching for. I think it's so easy for everyone to make an ensue to avoid just about anything - the fact that we do this is made glaring here! Yikes! I do avoid and make excuses and I wish I was more like you. You have so much determination and WILLPOWER!