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KOREENREGIS SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 7:25 A

This is awesome

WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
1/20/11 7:25 A

This is very sensible . It rang many bells, and needs to be told to the nearest so they understand , help and supportl
I'll try to make it a flyer to the worshiperrs of our church.

AGAPE548 Posts: 31
1/20/11 7:23 A

Words of wisdom! Thanks and keep up the good work. emoticon

1/20/11 7:21 A

Thanks for this! I am printing and posting on my frig!

ANITAHASGOALS SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 7:17 A

I want to thank you for this. The points are exactly what I needed to here because they are confirmations from what my PT and Wellness Coach have both been telling me. I will try this.

SHERRYOJOY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 7:15 A

the message--- Fire up-this is worth it! A great read, I could feel some of the words were directed to me. Thanks, and I will keep trying. Thanks:)

GWLAYNER Posts: 35
1/20/11 7:12 A

Great points to consider while I travel through my journey. Thank you for the motivators to see it can be done we fust need to do a little at a time.

BARON12321 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 7:07 A

thank you! it's good to know that we have ways to keep ourselves moving. good motivation

CHERYL8CHERYL SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 7:07 A

emoticon Every morning when I wake up I go through the same routine. This morning I read your message and it was just what I needed thank you. It is really good to know that there are real people with the same feelings. I really needed this message this morning. Thanks

1/20/11 7:01 A

I needed this kick in the pants this morning....thank you for it! Now on to a productive day!!

FITNATIC45 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 6:53 A

When I started my lifelong journey to weight loss, better eating habits, exercising on a daily basis and taking small goals and acheiving them. I love this article. Hopefully more people will read it, it's a good inspirational and motivational read.

CASCHWARTZ620 Posts: 41
1/20/11 6:47 A

Thank you for the motivational devotion this morning. I had lost 25 lbs. last year and put 10 of that back on since Thanksgiving. After coming back from a vacation after the New Year, it is extremely difficult to get my mind refocused on my initial goal. I have approximately 30 lbs. to go to my goal weight and have 10 months to do it in (My daughter is getting married in December). This devotion is what I needed to refocus. Thank you!!

MARCIA22558 Posts: 16
1/20/11 6:45 A

I like the "be patient" part of the article. In the past I have given up after one of those hiccups, but this time I just tell myself "tomorrow is another day, try to do better." Little steps are so important. I find when I try to change too many things at once I fail. This is an encouraging article, thanks for posting it!

1/20/11 6:43 A


1/20/11 6:43 A

Thank you for the encouragement.

BD3269PM SparkPoints: (104,208)
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1/20/11 6:39 A

emoticon Thanks for the tips. They are great to follow. Congrats on doing so well and making it a lifelong commitment to have a healthy lifestlye. You inspire the rest of us.

LEANJEAN6 Posts: 17,576
1/20/11 6:39 A

I was feeling a bit sad as the scales aren't moving--until I read this-Thank-you!!! Inspirational----

LIVINHEALTHY9 SparkPoints: (326,655)
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1/20/11 6:35 A

Well said.


GAILIEGIRLIE SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 6:30 A

Just want to encourage you. You can do this and that fire up blog is great! One step at a time and you will see small improvements. Do what is right just for today, then do it again the next and so on. Rock on!!!

IRISHLASS117 Posts: 2,167
1/20/11 6:28 A

Well said. I thank you for the pep talk!

1/20/11 6:26 A

#7 says it all for me
it is the small steps but each one counting for something that add up
I eat huge portions its almost hard to think i wont starve if i eat 4 oz of this and 2 oz of that
but i have to learn what my body needs versus what it wants

MAMMAPG SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 6:24 A

You are so right. Getting started is the hardest part. The old 'I will eat this today because tomorrow I start my new diet' frame of mind is a strong one for me. emoticon

SMALLSLAM1 SparkPoints: (100,939)
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1/20/11 6:19 A

Read your post 1st thing this am. You set the tone for my day.

GAILIEGIRLIE SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 6:14 A

Wow!!! This is awesome advice! Thanks for the encouragement and great advice.

PATRICEMB SparkPoints: (6,863)
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1/20/11 6:12 A

Excellent advice - I love the part about the cookies don't love you.
emoticon the sweet treats or if you really need (want) something sweet go for a baked sweet potato or some fruit.

Edited by: PATRICEMB at: 1/20/2011 (06:12)
ELLE1955 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 6:11 A

Yes! Gotta remember that the cookie tray does NOT love me!

MARIAND123 Posts: 1,177
1/20/11 5:54 A

Thanks for the post. I am going to keep this on with me to read frequently.

SPAXHIA Posts: 4
1/20/11 5:54 A

very well done!! Thanks for the great ideas!

NFLATTE Posts: 9,503
1/20/11 5:48 A

Great thoughts to start my day!

KEVINMACSR SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 5:00 A

Right on! my downfall is the sweet stuff, i do great all day and then at night i get into the Godiva Chocolates or the the cookies and milk! Or both! Can't figure out how to break that cycle.

Thanks for the encouragement and the example! emoticon

SALLYANNE57 Posts: 47
1/20/11 4:55 A

you know it makes sense. emoticon

PHILIPPASHE SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 4:38 A

Thanks for the encouragement emoticon

SLIMTHICK2 SparkPoints: (90,202)
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1/20/11 4:30 A

Thanks for the tips.

RETRAC57 Posts: 1,389
1/20/11 4:03 A

Great article that we all need hear over and over.

GRAVITONRING1 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 3:08 A

Thanks for the Shark Spark :) Yes three years is a critical time period. I just finished my own blog entry about my first 3 year weight loss, 1975 to 1978. And yes it required me to quit smoking, and do the food and running. And my weight loss contributed to end my first marriage! That turned out to be the best thing for my ex and me!

ROCKRIDGE5203 Posts: 19
1/20/11 2:32 A

Keep up the great work..humor helps too, I love your quote about 'Fridge Pickers wear big knickers!'..Not smoking and eating just enough. It can be done..and you are doing it. Write whenever you want or need a pat on your, uh, knickers. emoticon

ROCKRIDGE5203 Posts: 19
1/20/11 2:24 A

Wow..that really spoke to me. Rarely do I write..but heeeeere I go! I just finished writing my second blog entry in over a year..and it's because I have felt "Fired Up"..from within! It has a great deal to do with the fact there are so many miraculously inspirational people out there
The spark, or fire does really have to come from within..and it does have to be be 'fanned' from yourself, but not without the support of fellow sparkers and other like minded folks. So very happy to feel fully committed now, especially as I am truly only beginning to know what feeling 'sparked' feels like! Keep Keeping Track! It Works!! emoticon

GIVEUP30 Posts: 28,111
1/20/11 1:44 A

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1/20/11 1:34 A

I really now have a big problem getting back to track and I think this is a wake up call.
I hope emoticon

FIGURE_1 Posts: 84
1/20/11 1:24 A

Your message was a brilliant way to start my day. Thanks!

ALIZAHH Posts: 334
1/20/11 1:22 A

Having recently gained a part of the weight I lost this is just what I needed. Thank you

1/20/11 1:15 A

great message and love the "shark" metaphor - so true.

KHELMAN SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 1:14 A

thanks for the insight

RADIANTSTAR415 Posts: 13
1/20/11 1:06 A

I loved your post. They are great words to live by! emoticon You inspired me!

MOTLEM SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 12:26 A

Top blog. Great words of wisdom. emoticon

Sticking to my plan, love SP, and 10 days as an ex-smoker and going strong.

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BNB1031 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/20/11 12:26 A

REALLY inspiring! Thanks so much. This really gave me some great but easy advice to follow & keep me on track. It is so hard to stay motivated and maintain willpower. Would love the low cal salad dressing recipe! emoticon

Edited by: BNB1031 at: 1/20/2011 (00:28)
MIKCHER SparkPoints: (0)
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1/3/11 8:28 P

One step at a time works for me, remove one bad thing at a time. My first was smoking, 20 months ago.
More recently, Soda, totally out. I reduced my coffee to just one cup a day. Took a week to feel normal after doing that one!

JAMINURSE Posts: 3,934
1/3/11 3:50 P

Really good advice!

SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,865)
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1/3/11 3:48 P

Thanks for the great post Shark! You are right that everyone can do this!


SHARK59 SparkPoints: (34,063)
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1/3/11 3:39 P

Many of us are starting a new lifestyle or reinforcing the progress that we have made. Lots of uncertainty mixed with doubt and maybe a little fear.

So maybe a couple of tips that have helped me make some of my changes permanent (if 3 years can be considered permanent).

Believe in yourself - it is your journey and you must make it successful.

Lean on and allow others to support you. Tell people what you are doing - it helps you commit to this new course of action. People want you to be healthier and will generally support you - some people will not support you - find someone who will. As you make progress you may influence others around you to live a healthier lifestyle as well.

Make moderate but continuing change in your lifestyle - work to improve a little every day.

Stay away from problem areas - get out of the kitchen after meals, stay out of the office break room, if you eat fast food identify healthier options before you go.

Be more active, take the steps, park further away, walk outside, walk at a mall. Walking is low impact on joints but has significant health benefits. Move a little more each day. Replace eating temptation times with activity. You notice I did not use the work exercise - it can be a scary word - start with activity - exercise will follow - and it won't be scary.

Be patient - really - I mean it - this takes time - you are changing habits you have used for a long time - you can change them - but it will take time. Stick to your plan. There will be hiccups, bumps and bruises along the way - it is okay! Don't give up when you fall down - minimize the damage and get back to your improved self.

Food - reduce portion sizes first - we eat too much. Start improving what you eat - less fat, fewer carbs would be good starters for most. Then reduce the empty calories, candy, sweets, alcohol. Eat more vegetables, more salads, more fruit (diabetics follow your doctors guidance). Find a low calorie salad dressing that you like - I make my own. (The recipe is on my SparkPage.)

So Shark - you are telling us to eat smarter and be more active - everyone knows that. Yep, but not everyone does that.

Commit and believe - stay the course for your own good. For your own good.

It may help to remember this - the cookie tray does not love you. You gotta love yourself.

Be strong and do well.


Edited by: SHARK59 at: 1/20/2011 (13:24)
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