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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (141,954)
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11/29/12 12:23 P

BUTTERFLYSPARK1,

Welcome to Spark People !!

I'm going to give you one piece of advice that I give to all new members and it's this,"don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you were to do for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. Don't listen to those negative voices in your head. Listen to the POSITIVE ones !!

You can't change the past, but you CAN influence and change the future. One small change can change your life.

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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (76,885)
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11/29/12 12:06 P

Absolutely! Stick to your fast break goals for a few weeks. In fact, set up a reward (non food) for yourself if you hit your goals 5 days a week for 3 weeks. After that, you will be so proud of what you've accomplished that you will feel motivated to add another healthy habit to your arsenal.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
11/29/12 11:30 A

"Early this morning I woke up and my mental clock was saying your a looser and a failure your never going to be able to do this."

Here is where I would start. Change the way you are talking to yourself. You can't wake up in the morning and call yourself a loser and failure and expect the rest of the day to go well. To change your actions, you have to first change your mind. Come up with some positive affirmations to start your day.

These would be good to think about and post around your house:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quot
es.asp

And motivation from people who have been there:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_motiva
te.asp

Would you ever talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself? I doubt it. Start treating yourself with understanding, love and compassion, the way you would a friend.

There is no magic answer -- just persistence and consistency. At first, you will likely have more missteps as you are learning how to change your behavior. Don't think you have to do it all at once. Pick targets and once those are easier, pick a new targets. Just keep with it. Would you give up on a friend? Don't give up on yourself.

Edited by: SIMPLELIFE2 at: 11/29/2012 (11:31)
BUTTERFLYSPARK1 Posts: 11
11/29/12 10:36 A

Thank you for the encouragement!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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11/29/12 10:36 A

WOO HOO BUTTERFLYSPARK1! Welcome to the SparkPeople Family!!! As a former perpetual dieter myself, I joined SparkPeople almost 7 years ago and I am proud and happy to say, not only have I lost the weight, but I have made this my lifestyle. And you can, too!

HAPPY SPARKING!

Coach Nancy

MISSKELEBEK SparkPoints: (34,509)
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11/29/12 10:34 A

Take baby steps, just work on your fast break goals and then once you master them add a new goal. If you go and change your eating habits and everything at once, you may find it too hard and then struggle or quit.

I would also encourage you to track your food even if it is not as healthy or the calories are really high so that you will have an idea of where you can start to make small changes over time to help with your new healthy life style :)

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Edited by: MISSKELEBEK at: 11/29/2012 (10:36)
BUTTERFLYSPARK1 Posts: 11
11/29/12 10:26 A

Hi
I went to the library on Monday to find a new weight loss book because I had failed the previous 30 I have tried. I saw the orange cover spark book and started reading. I was encouraged and was given information I never read before in my previous attempts to loose weight.

I started the sparkpeople website today. My three fast break goals are to Journal, stretches, and drink 8 8oz cups of water a day.

Thinking about changing my eating right now makes me feel incredibly anxious. Do you think it would be ok to just work on my fast break goals for now and log my eating later on? Once my fast break goals become habits.

Early this morning I woke up and my mental clock was saying your a looser and a failure your never going to be able to do this. Just a lot of self doubt.

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