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WAHOORN96 Posts: 122
7/6/10 10:02 A

Three best things:
1. Life is a series of choices, and not making a choice is a choice.
2. The pursuit of perfection results in constant failure.
3. I *am * ok!

SMILE2HAPPINESS Posts: 2,058
7/6/10 10:00 A

1. weight loss involved a positive attitude
2. there are many others on this same journey to being healthy and many who have the same problems as I do
3. Don't expect to lose all the weight at once. I didn't gain over night, and I won't lose it over night.

CHOCMOM Posts: 5,234
7/6/10 9:59 A

Track your foods -- VERY VERY important! emoticon
You got to move it, to lose it!! emoticon
Never give up, never surrender!! emoticon

Edited by: CHOCMOM at: 7/6/2010 (10:00)
NEWFIEGIRLHERE Posts: 1,078
7/6/10 9:52 A

emoticon eat better

emoticon move more

emoticon proper water intake is essential

MAUREENV2 Posts: 3,851
7/6/10 9:47 A

If you don't give up, you can't fail
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail
Drink lots of water and track your food - it really makes a difference

FITMARY Posts: 6,132
7/6/10 9:46 A

1. Start SLOW. The fast breaks really work.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They will satisfy some of the cravings.
3. Keep going. I've been a member for over a year and I'm finally getting the swing of it!
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JUANITAGUERNSEY Posts: 1,505
7/6/10 9:42 A

No matter if you fall off the wagon, just get right back on.
Exercise really does work--even if you are in pain exercise in moderation.
Drink lots of water--it's good for you.

PAYDAY10 SparkPoints: (49,727)
Fitness Minutes: (1,430)
Posts: 2,177
7/6/10 9:39 A

You do not have to skip the foods you enjoy - just use in moderation
Plan for success
You are not alone

FAIRVIEWBONNIE SparkPoints: (21,496)
Fitness Minutes: (13,157)
Posts: 1,670
7/6/10 9:29 A

Eating with moderation when you overeat.
Think healthy when you select your food.
Exercise matters.

MCJULIEO Posts: 10,117
7/6/10 9:23 A

1. Track your food!
2. Drink your water!
3. Spark People are generous with their life experiences, and I can be, too!

BURKEBRIZ Posts: 833
7/6/10 9:21 A

A good support system matters
Drink your water
If you fall down, brush off and get back up!

LOGOULD SparkPoints: (93,788)
Fitness Minutes: (32,402)
Posts: 4,467
7/6/10 9:10 A

- Slow but steady wins the race
- I don't have to be perfecr - just consistent
- You can't fail if you don't give up

ANITA1156 Posts: 108
7/6/10 9:03 A

Small steps make big changes!
Walking is fun...and healthy!
I can still eat foods I want, just not so much! emoticon

CHELLESDOINGR8 SparkPoints: (37,955)
Fitness Minutes: (4,465)
Posts: 9,552
7/6/10 8:59 A

Tracking my calories - the benefits of activity - the importance of a support system

RASCALSMOMMA Posts: 3,667
7/6/10 8:58 A

Calorie "budgetting" I was doing it backwards!
"You CAN lose weight after 40!" I'm 47!
I am worth the effort! (and so are all of you! HUGS!)

VRLILLIS SparkPoints: (31,095)
Fitness Minutes: (9,611)
Posts: 597
7/6/10 8:58 A

1. Drink water water water
2. Count your calories, even when you've reach your goal weight
3. If you fall off the wagon, just get back on. Don't beat yourself up.

EATOMANY Posts: 550
7/6/10 8:51 A

1. If you slip, just make sure you GET BACK UP. And tell your Spark friends about it so that they can MAKE sure you get back up :)
2. Move your body. Even if it's only for a few minutes, make a conscious effort to exercise daily.
3. Measure everything you eat. Let go of the portion distortion and make yourself accountable to what goes in your mouth.

ISLAYY Posts: 125
7/6/10 8:50 A

my commitment to lifestyle change
motivational tips
access to health tips

TONISTRELEC Posts: 2,738
7/6/10 8:49 A

healthy eating - get moving - stay motivated

MAC4902 Posts: 164
7/6/10 8:43 A

make gradual changes, balance my nutrients, respond to missteps with positive action

SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
7/6/10 8:28 A

Log my food. Make friends Eat healthy! emoticon

BCVWDW Posts: 389
7/6/10 8:26 A

1. I can do anything I want, as long as I decide to do it.

2.I'm only competing against myself

3. Positive attitude & support goes a long way

PLAYBLUES22 Posts: 23,421
7/6/10 8:13 A

1. I have support
2.I don't have to diet, just change my lifestyle
3. I am not the only one with a weight problem, so don't beat myself up

WHEREIS170 Posts: 1,773
7/6/10 8:12 A

1. Start off with baby steps so as not to get overwhelmed with so many changes at once.

2. Keep your portions consistent by weighing your food and learn common rules of measure, ie a palm is equal to 5 oz of chicken breast.

3. Be consistent in exercising daily even if it is for 10 minutes.

SP is a great place to be!

HUNGRY4CHANGE Posts: 657
7/6/10 8:08 A

1. I am not alone in this struggle.
2. There are plenty of people out there willing to offer me support.
3. Weight loss is about health gain.

KARATE_KID SparkPoints: (57,509)
Fitness Minutes: (74,005)
Posts: 1,546
7/6/10 8:05 A

Drink water - this does not come naturally to me and it's still an effort on weekends when I have to keep reminding myself. At work I just keep a quart bottle on my desk.

Giving and getting support from others. Somehow this seems to be easier on line than in person.

10 minute exercise sessions add up to a lot of calories!

There are many other things I learned along the way but that was before SP.

Edited by: KARATE_KID at: 7/6/2010 (08:06)
DRMODERATION Posts: 614
7/6/10 7:59 A

Moderation, consistency & portion control. Check out my healthy living blog at the site below with tons of great ideas and photos of breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks!

LEANMEAN2 SparkPoints: (109,884)
Fitness Minutes: (49,797)
Posts: 11,469
7/6/10 7:54 A

These answers prove how valuable SP is!

DIANEDOESIT Posts: 66
7/6/10 7:47 A

DRINK WATER!!!
Never say the word DIET again!!
Keep moving my body....doesn't matter what I do...just keep moving!!

Even when I'm not loosing weight, I keep logging in. I don't always follow my plan, but by following
SP I stay in the right frame of mind.

FORLIFE5 SparkPoints: (12,574)
Fitness Minutes: (10,450)
Posts: 123
7/6/10 7:21 A

It is "teaching" me that when you make something public it feels like you embrace a larger world. I don't actually know the people in the spark pages, but I actually feel for them; finding joy in their success and enthusiasm.

IMAGINGPRO SparkPoints: (39,570)
Fitness Minutes: (11,059)
Posts: 11,330
7/6/10 6:29 A

It has taught me how to monitore my foods so I can lose.

It has showed me how to lose weight without eating so much.

Taught me how to set my goals so I can achieve them.

Showed me what kind of support is out there.

It showed me where to get help if needed.

Best wishes to all.

Dot

BONGOBETTE Posts: 6,681
7/6/10 6:22 A

make a plan
set small goals
relax

MAYBER SparkPoints: (80,055)
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Posts: 9,015
7/6/10 4:12 A

You can eat and still lose weight
Support Support Support
I can succeed

SANAABU Posts: 516
7/6/10 4:06 A

To love myself
Some one's been there and came thru, so , I can do it too!!
All you have to do is ask and there will be a billion simple solutions :D

DANYAL_REBORN Posts: 275
6/25/10 9:04 P

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Edited by: DANYAL_REBORN at: 6/26/2010 (05:38)
WEIGHTOSUCCESS Posts: 1,644
6/24/10 10:35 P

1. Never be afraid to ask for help
2. If you fall pick yourself back up
3. there's always someone whos been in your shoes emoticon

DANYAL_REBORN Posts: 275
6/24/10 10:27 P

CHRISTYFG awesome quote!!

GARYJAN SparkPoints: (13,031)
Fitness Minutes: (1,270)
Posts: 539
6/23/10 5:34 P

Encouragement, Support and Good Information


TRISHOUS SparkPoints: (10,477)
Fitness Minutes: (10,001)
Posts: 410
6/23/10 5:24 P

1. If you mess up, start over. Don't beat yourself up about it and don't give up. This has been a wonderful lesson, probably my most valuable one.
2. Losing weight is so much easier when you have a bunch of people in the same boat you are. The support is wonderful.
3. Learning to eat the right things, not only to lose weight, but to be healthy.
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SROUS1340 SparkPoints: (84,663)
Fitness Minutes: (30,159)
Posts: 3,128
6/23/10 4:39 P

1. How important support is to my success.
2. Never too old to give up couch potato ways.
3. Forgiving myself when I screw up. No more cane and whips!

CHICLITE SparkPoints: (25,510)
Fitness Minutes: (13,964)
Posts: 1,069
6/23/10 4:35 P

food diary, fitness diary and the message boards.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
6/23/10 5:48 A

1. It does matter about spacing food out all through the day. It costs on the scales!! Experimented this one contra my weight loss organisation- DDV is more reliable and I have to work less hard to get results..
DDV has it more fine tuned that I thought..
2. I am not eating anywhere near what sparks suggests of essential fat- I can eat even leaner and keep my results perfectly..
3. Rest days are far more important to achieve more muscle mass for women.. I lift like a man and get results like a man!! No such thing as toning muscles it is body building and long term dedication is the only way to get results.. Don't need whey protein or suppliments just need to lift heavier.. It took some time but I have re-balanced my muscle mass while caring for a spinal injury..

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 6/23/2010 (05:55)
DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (329,006)
Fitness Minutes: (303,247)
Posts: 71,411
6/23/10 1:38 A

Makre the correct healthy choice in all areas to succeed.

NISA-JOE Posts: 336
6/23/10 1:33 A

1) The more you exercise, the more you get to eat.
2) The more you eat the right stuff, the healthier you get.
3) You are not alone.

CHRISTYFG Posts: 642
6/23/10 1:20 A

1. It is a lifestyle, not a diet.

2. Eating MORE to lose weight rather than starving myself!

3. I am not alone in the struggle.

PANSYLADY2 Posts: 5,055
6/23/10 12:26 A

1. Make wise choices about what I eat.
2. Look for someone to encourage; it helps me stay on track, too.
2. Lifestyle change is more important that losing weight.

TEAHLUVSU Posts: 285
6/22/10 11:17 P

1. There are some pretty amazing people here.

2. Great things can be free!

3. Help and motivation are at your fingertips!

QUIETCUPOFTEA Posts: 972
6/22/10 11:13 P

1. that the journey is more important than the result.

2. it's a lifestyle not a diet.

3. that all i have to do is ask for help and it's here on SP.



DANYAL_REBORN Posts: 275
6/22/10 10:50 P

Following three:
1. Consistency is more important than perfection in exercise
2. Concept of good days and bad days(that they come in intervals so don't give up during bad days)
3. Tracking your calories is VERY important !

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