Welcome back guys. Hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas. I got some much needed rest. Went to bed early and slept till 2:00. Then got ready to go to my daughter-in-laws family for Christmas dinner. We always have Thanksgiving at my son’s and Christmas dinner there. My weight is fine but my sugar is another story. As soon as these holidays are over I have to tow the line. I took two pictures for this post , because I wanted a closer picture of this statement necklace I got recently. It went perfectly with the top . Wish you could see the awesome leather stripe up the sides of of the pants, but it doesn’t show up well in pictures. These are my most expensive pants. Got them at Anne Taylors, the top too. Would never have gotten the pants without a sale, but I really like them a lot. So let’s get down to business. We’re gonna continue on with the nine tips to get back on track after falling off the weight loss wagon. We covered number one last time. Number 2 is a biggie. Recognize your excuses . Wonder how many we could actually come up with? That might even be an exercise which could be a big eye opener . We have so many of them, and we need to recognize when we are making excuses. In fact , how about a challenge? Whoever reads this list , write out the excuses that top your list , and reply on this post. We will then discuss some of them on a later post. Could be pretty interesting, don’t you think? I won’t mention any here today , till I get some of your responses. Remember though, if you don’t take the time and energy to do what will make you healthier, you better find the time to be sick. Recognize whatever your excuses are, find the solutions to your excuses, and get on with it. Number 3, is remind yourself what you want. There are just some things you just can’t repeat often enough, and this is one of them. Visualize what you want to see in yourself. Visualize what success looks like to you personally , and then visualize yourself actually being successful. Think it and see it both. Remind yourself daily. Keep pictures or affirmations in important places where you can see or read them. Places like your fridge, your bedroom and bathroom mirrors, on your computer desktop or tablet, or in your workplace environment somewhere ; anywhere that will be a daily reminder of the reason you began this journey in the first place. Tip number 4, another one that bears repeating. Set yourself short term goals. One bite, sip, meal, and day at a time. You can achieve your long term goals with small steps. Start with say, drinking more water. When you have achieved that , move on to maybe eating more servings of vegetables , and so on. Start with small goals and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your larger , long term ones. We’ll end today’s session with Tip Number 5 : Know your weaknesses. Knowing your weaknesses allows you to be prepared for future fall downs. Knowing what your weaknesses are , can empower you to be prepared for just such times. If you know you are prone to snacking in the car, have the right kinds of snacks available. If you pick while preparing meals , have something healthy to pick on like some raw vegetables. Whatever time, place, or event , that you think might pose a problem for you , prepare yourself ahead of time , so you aren’t taken by surprise. Knowing your weaknesses and preparing solutions to them ahead of time , could be one of the most valuable things you could do for yourself. In our next discussion, we’ll try to cover the last four tips in getting back on track, after falling off the weight loss wagon. Don’t forget the challenge. It will be interesting to see how many different excuses people have come up with , or if they’re all the same ones. See you back here tomorrow, or whatever day you happen to read the next issue. Stay strong, keep the faith, and above all believe in yourself. You have all the tools you need to be successful . So keep on keeping on. Till next time, God Bless.