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CSKIES1 SparkPoints: (62,418)
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8/28/13 8:30 A


The change begins with me and it begins now!
DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (441,531)
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8/28/13 3:01 A


TEALLEN04 SparkPoints: (12,101)
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8/28/13 1:50 A

definitely. i never would've gotten up and exercised before

A little stronger every day
UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
8/27/13 11:25 P


ITSABSURD SparkPoints: (18,393)
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8/27/13 11:13 P

Oh yeah!

Healthy choices come naturally and are actually preferred to junk food. Looking at food labels has become natural. Exercise is not a chore, but something that truly makes me feel good.

8/27/13 9:54 P


KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 1,793
8/27/13 5:45 P


KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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8/27/13 9:42 A

Absolutely!!! And couldn't be happier emoticon

PROGRESSFORWARD SparkPoints: (85,717)
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8/27/13 9:17 A

yes, slowly it has

LEXONE SparkPoints: (12,382)
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8/27/13 8:47 A

It's a slow process but we are making small changes so we don't become overwhelmed.

FATTYBOY230 SparkPoints: (22,818)
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8/27/13 6:51 A


When all else fails.... exercise and prayer is the absolute
TCANNO SparkPoints: (185,348)
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8/27/13 6:25 A

Lots, I am fitter than I was. I don't get out of breathe like I did. I can now run (which I couldn't do before

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Trev, Kent Southeast UK

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FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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8/26/13 11:54 P

Incredibly so. The doctors tell me I am too thin. But I simply cant stop doing what has done wonders for me.

"It is easier to raise good children than to fix bad men" by Fredrick Douglas.

Co team leader for Living With Diabetes team.

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SLASALLE SparkPoints: (205,634)
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8/26/13 4:21 P

Absolutely, my lifestyle has changed. That is a very good thing. With that said, it's also been difficult because many of my/our friends have NOT changed their lifestyles. I find myself always looking for friends who like to do what I like to do - hiking, biking, tennis, eating occasionally at HEALTHY restaurants, etc.

So ... my lifestyle continues to change. It will be interesting to see how the changes change ... as we know, change is the one constant in life ...

I have no doubt, however, that the changes will be good ones, because that's just how I am now!!!

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (141,647)
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8/26/13 4:08 P

Yes, it's changed, but because we moved to a large city, we now have access to good tasting food places, where we lived before, not even one fast food place around! So our lifestyle has changed in that respect. Trying to get back to being satisfied with monotonous food is more difficult than we had thought it would be, but we are at least getting exercise in.

8/26/13 3:51 P

Thank you :)

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8/26/13 3:24 P


TACDGB Posts: 6,136
8/26/13 3:11 P

I knew that my life style had change for the better this morning when I left 10 lbs. of sweat on the weight lifting floor at class today...........I also came home from my 3 mile run and signed up for a sparks 5k...........I always use my running app. and my lose it food app.

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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8/26/13 2:54 P

Yes. Two things that marked a shift in my thinking are daily exercise and stopping eating when my stomach is full. Those two things have made a big difference, so much so that I now don't think of myself as "on a diet." These are now just part of my life.

"Turn off your television. Go do something."
CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,180)
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8/26/13 2:50 P

Yes. After not eating 'junk' - now when I do attempt to give in to a craving it does not taste good. Exercise also - feel better when toned - so I get the exercise in. It seems the healthy lifestyle is where my body/ mind is happiest.

~ Do what good you can, and go in peace ~

HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (196,541)
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8/26/13 2:42 P

after a little more than a year on this life style change, it is now just a good habit!

I can do it!!
Spark People are the best!
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8/26/13 12:59 P


8/26/13 12:45 P

I feel like the trademark of a true lifestyle change is when you make choices without thinking of them- you do something just because it's "what you do".

The first part of weight loss/healthy living/changing your lifestyle is a transition. For a long time I was in the process of changing my lifestyle.

I realized the other day that in many ways, this has actually become MY lifestyle. It's no longer a transition.

Every morning I wake up and read the news while walking one mile. I made this change because I knew I shouldn't be so sedentary, and I read the news sitting down. I do this not because I think I should, or because I'm trying to be active. I do this because it's just... what I do. My morning feels incomplete without it.

I was bringing a dish to a party and brought a tomato/basil salad. I didn't do this because I wanted something healthy I could eat there. I did it because those were the ingredients I had at the house, and because it's tasty and I like it.

In the evening I did a pilates DVD because that's just what I do. I didn't convince myself, or tell myself I should, but because when I have an evening without any meetings, I do work out DVDs. I don't think about it.

These are just two examples of ways that my lifestyle has actually changed- things that are a normal part of my everyday life, not a challenge, not a try-for, not a stretch. It's my new normal.

I say these things to encourage the people who might just be starting out. It's take me a long time to get to this point... 5 years of half-hearted attempts and 1.5 years of trying really hard. I started Spark in 2006. But the healthy lifestyle approach really works! It can become normal to you. Fighting the urges and cravings isn't a lifelong battle. There are still areas I'm working on, but things things have definitely changed for good.

Has anyone else felt themselves genuinely shift into a new lifestyle?

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