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2/23/11 5:29 P

This is a lesson I learned only after having a baby, I must cross my legs now when I sneeze or sometimes laugh really hard! LOL!

2/23/11 5:26 P

If you put off doing the dishes, they'll only get worse!

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
--Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear - From Frank Herbert's Dune Book Series
VASHLUVER1 Posts: 976
2/23/11 5:17 P

I thought I needed to run EVERY day to become a good runner, but I ended up burning myself out very quickly and pulled several muscles in my leg, making it so I couldn't run at all for a week afterwards.

TISTYEN Posts: 214
2/23/11 5:07 P

There comes a time in everyone's life when you just have to tell a doctor (who has just trotted out the "umpteen years of medical school" card) that you've had 40-plus years experience with this body and know which antibiotics work for you and which don't -- and then find another doctor who actually listens to you.


"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine
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2/23/11 5:06 P

If you have to question whether its ok, its probably not good for you. Also, eating greasy foods does not equal happy feelings and can actually make you feel worse. Oh and sucess is not an excuse to slack off! Otherwise, I start to slide back up!

The power to change, the courage to do, the will and drive to be exceptional lies within me, and by leaving my fears, my doubts, and my excuses behind, I embrace all that lies within me.
CELIASYEAR Posts: 4,506
2/23/11 5:02 P

I learned that I know my body better than anyone and, if I feel like I can't crawl out of bed for 8 flippin months and gain 100 pounds during that time, it's not the cookie jar Dr. Scht4brains!!!!! (Can I say that on Spark People? If not, my deepest apologies. It's a subject I have some extreme emotions about)

Edited by: CELIASYEAR at: 2/23/2011 (17:02)
TISTYEN Posts: 214
2/23/11 4:56 P

That you can get a workout trying to herd cats back into your apartment from the hall -- especially if they're doing relays (i.e. one comes out as you chase another in). Actually, it's kind of a fun workout when the weather's too bad to go outside, but they always seem to want to do it when my roommate leaves for work and I've got to get myself ready.

Edited by: TISTYEN at: 2/23/2011 (16:58)

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine
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2/23/11 4:48 P

I've learned that I CAN! Started working out in January and am now doing things I never thought I'd be able to do again-jogging, crunches even jumping jacks which I thought were too simple to bother with-at almost 300 pounds jumping jacks are a great workout but i CAN do them now!

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2/23/11 4:36 P

You reap what you sow (or, what goes around comes around).

Betty - Idaho

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. -- Wayne Dyer
ARTNANRKY SparkPoints: (24,916)
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2/23/11 4:29 P

Don't tell people about stuff you are hoping for until it happens.
I 'worked' on Friday, probably for free at this point, for a guy/company I thought was going to be working with. I was so excited I told everyone at school all the details of how I would be working at this 'awesome' place.
I have been playing phone tag with the guy since Friday and even if the job does come through at this point, I have some serious reservations about the company after being jerked around all week.
I'm guessing I'm gonna feel pretty embarassed every time someone at school asks about the job situation.
Of course, I guess that's another thing I have learned the hard way:
Most people aren't thinking about you. they are thinking about themselves. If I don't bring this up, maybe no one will care?
we shall see.... emoticon emoticon

"I am protected by Divine Love. I am always safe and secure. I am willing to grow up and take responisbility for my life. I forgive others and now create my own life the way I want it. I am safe."
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ROTTMOM71 Posts: 1,026
2/23/11 4:10 P

1) Others will judge me, even in small ways. It's just human nature.

2) If you spread positivity (or negativity), it almost always comes right back to you.

3) I can't be perfect, no matter how hard I try.

TISTYEN Posts: 214
2/23/11 4:00 P

One of the few wise things my first stepfather told me was, "Don't put yourself down. There are plenty of people out there who'll do it for you."


"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine
KALYN89 SparkPoints: (11,459)
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2/23/11 3:59 P

1) Most of the time, your elders ARE right.
2) Always accept help when it's offered.
3) God's opinion is the only one that matters; and because of this, I (you, whoever) have no right to judge any individual.
4) Reaching a "goal weight" will never make you happy unless you love every part of yourself, inside and out.

JELLIAJAMB SparkPoints: (29,024)
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2/23/11 3:56 P

Ho boy, where to begin? Here are two:

1. Keep my goals to myself ( I "relearned" this last autumn, when I revealed to a family member what my target weight was. His response: "That much? You should try to weigh [10 lbs lighter than stated goal]".

2. No one needs to know how much I paid for my guitar or article of clothing. Answering the question, "How much did it cost?" invites commentary of the judgmental nature.

A lesson I'm still learning: Not to judge my insides by other people's outsides.

SFSU-GRAD Posts: 52
2/23/11 3:50 P

Stop the self doubt, self imposed mental beatings and low self-esteem. You are only wasting your precious time and hurting yourself. You've got nothing to lose by turning these things off and everything to gain!

2/23/11 3:48 P

Problems don't get easier to handle in your relationship just because you get married.

"Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it." - Bill Cosby
TISTYEN Posts: 214
2/23/11 3:45 P

Activia only "balances" your system if your problem is getting backed up. If your problem tends in the other direction, Activia will make it worse.


"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -- Hippolyte Taine
2/23/11 2:49 P

Too much sugar in a day affects sleep, mood, amount of food that I crave and eat throughout the day. It takes 2-3 days of not eating sugar to get the body out of the "habit" to eat more and more sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more the body craves sugar, carbs, and everything that will put you off track.

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2/23/11 2:49 P

Twenty years ago I lost 65 pounds and learned the hard way that you have to tackle even the smallest weight gain during maintenance or it will all creep back. How I wish I had immediately relost those first three pounds I gained shortly after reaching goal. Not doing so, and seeing all that weight come back over the next five years was a hard and sad lesson I will not repeat this time.

SHORTLY Posts: 1,106
2/23/11 2:37 P

Think before you speak, and I still get caught. Guess I haven't learned it very well.

OMALLEYC Posts: 607
2/23/11 2:36 P

I learned not to overdo it on the arm exercises at the gym! I did arms 2 days in a row and by Saturday I couldn't put my arms all the way down or straighten them out! I looked like one of those muscle guys who can't put his arms all the way down because his muscles are too big! It made sleeping, scratching an itchy nose and doing anything almost impossible!

"There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between." - Pat Riley
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2/23/11 2:30 P

Cooling down after a run REALLY CAN prevent injury. Infact, cooling down after any cardio.

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2/23/11 2:26 P

Ditto, girl, ditto! I am in the same boat...finally realized, if not now, when???

Plannin' my work, and workin' my plan...
2/23/11 2:22 P

Never stop tracking, read every label, read restaurant nutritional information carefully because some of them try to cheat the system by posting incomplete information (I'm talking to you, CPK, for only posting saturated fat, not total fat!)

(formerly LAROCKRGRL)

Pounds banished since 1/1/11: 41
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ALISHAQ Posts: 14
2/23/11 2:19 P

I've learned that obsessing about cooking makes me gain weight, because I want to try something new every day. If I can go most of the time making simple, standard meals, I have much more self control. For instance, a salad and a protein for dinner every night, and some sort of carb, instead of trying to find an interesting, delicious recipe that I will want to eat, and eat, and eat.

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MYOWNHERO Posts: 1,143
2/23/11 2:18 P

You MUST make time for exercise or your body will deteriorate.

"You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars. You have a right to be here."
2/23/11 2:16 P

I learned the hard way how important it is to have a good eating and exercise plan in place before peri-menopause sets in. I was not paying attention! I was miserable and I gained 40 pounds during that time which only made me more miserable. If I'd known how I was going to feel (20/20 hindsight here) I would have had a plan in place and even made sure I was a little under my goal weight.

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2/23/11 2:12 P

I learned I'm not a good salesman or money manager.

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2/23/11 2:10 P

Do not "assume"! (You know what they say when you do!)

Read, read, and re-read labels! I thought the sugar free candy I was buying was made solely from Splenda and BOY WAS I WRONG!!! It contained maltitol which causes SEVERE intestinal cramping, gas and ungodly diarreah.

I learned this the hard way which was horrible since I am a teacher and have limited use of the restroom during the day while I'm teaching.

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DPDAVIS Posts: 3,346
2/23/11 1:59 P

your first instinct is the right one

GINGERRA1980 Posts: 2,291
2/23/11 1:44 P

sports bra!!! get a really good one!! lol!! cause running/jogging they tend to move too much... emoticon emoticon emoticon


The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince.-Vincent Lombardi

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
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2/23/11 1:43 P

The biggest lesson I've learned is don't get complacent. If you start to tell yourself that you can indulge "once in a while" because you're so good most of the time, you'll end up losing ground. Do indulge, but make sure you're still within your calorie range! Make 'em PLANNED indulgences, not spur-of-the-moments.

Madison, WI ~ Central

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.

~Mahatma Gandhi
2/23/11 1:21 P

I learned that just because you lost a few lb's that week doesn't mean you get to go gorge on cheeseburgers, don't expect to lose anything the following week! Treats and cheats should still be small and enjoyed very slowly!

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything.
KDYLOSE Posts: 1,071
2/23/11 1:16 P

Let's see, lessons learned the hard way...are we talking about Life? Because I could write a book at my age... Okay, Sparking lessons. Number One: If something is really a trigger food for you, dividing it into portion-sized containers and putting it back in the fridge may not necessarily prevent you from proceeding to eat all the portions.

If this was easy I would have done it already.
CADMENTR Posts: 53
2/23/11 1:00 P

To be honest I don't think that you can learn a lesson the easy way. It's the aha moment you finally get after having to do the same thing again and again, that makes the lesson stick this time over all the others.
If it is too easy, the lesson isn't absorbed.

"Do, or do not, there is no try"...Yoda

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"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." - Leo Buscaglia
GRACEISENUF Posts: 12,800
2/23/11 12:57 P

pounds "creep" back on all too fast before you realize it...several have re-attached themselves..UGH! NEVER AGAIN! lol

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

"Girls compete with one another, WOMEN empower one another".
TANYAHDG SparkPoints: (19,948)
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2/23/11 12:56 P

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Dare to be Different Dare to be Great - author unknown

“When a warrior learns to stop the internal dialogue, everything becomes possible; the most far-fetched schemes become attainable.” Carlos Castaneda

Remember you are a Warrior. You can accomplish your goals.

Embrace Your Inner Turtle (A symbol of endurance, strength, discipline, progress, and the reserve complete the journey)

CHOOWY Posts: 4,240
2/23/11 12:51 P

Wish I was a quicker study....most every lesson learned has been the hard way.

BRENDAS026 Posts: 487
2/23/11 12:48 P

that theres no magic pill or diet what works 100% is eating healthy and exercise.

EMMANYC Posts: 1,702
2/23/11 12:40 P

It's not a funny story, but I've learned (and relearned, and am still learning) not to overdo it when it comes to exercise. Every time I overdo it, I injure myself. I've had stress fractures, ruptured discs and now a problem with my hamstring. I may be a little more fragile than some (I'm hyper-flexible, which means it's easy to step wrong or injure a ligament), but I think the principle holds true for others.

It's really tempting, especially when you read all the success stories on SP, to go from 0 to 60 (60 minutes that is) or more a day of exercise. Some people are exercising every day, without giving their bodies a rest. Some are doing lots of cardio without paying attention to the need to stretch and to strengthen/stabilize the body parts (like hips, knees and ankles) that support their exercise. Or they focus on cardio capacity (which can improve much faster than strength) and then mess something up when they run. I've done all of these things, and I'm trying to stop it.

The best advice I got was "Exercise today in a way that means you'll still be exercising next year." Among other things, that means not overdoing it, since you risk injury or burnout.

2/23/11 12:28 P

Pee before jogging, especially if it's early in the morning and the restrooms at the park will propbably be locked.

SNAZZYMC Posts: 267
2/23/11 11:59 A

Make sure your sports bra has some padding/lining to it, or wear a sweatshirt when it's cold in the gym.....otherwise everyone will know you're cold, if ya know what I mean!!!

"Tough times don't last but tough people do." ~ A.C. Green

"Everything you need is already inside." ~ Bill Bowerman

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2/23/11 11:39 A

Ha! What lesson haven't I learned the hard way? I think I'd have a harder time coming up with lesson that was learned the easy way!

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2/23/11 11:35 A

If it just snowed and sleeted outside, take a LOT of care going down the black metal steps outside. I slid down about 6 of them on my butt last year during those two major blizzards Maryland got. It's been over a year, but I still sometimes have pain and soreness around my tailbone! (Not funny at the time, but in hindsight, it's pretty hilarious - pun intended.)

"In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer." -Albert Camus
BIGRED721 Posts: 126
2/23/11 10:57 A

Don't eat Fiber One cereal when you plan to be around anyone that day. emoticon

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (93,251)
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2/23/11 10:38 A

This is an ongoing lesson for me...
No matter how bad the craving is, I will only feel worse if I give in. So I keep my treats to one day a week- most of the time.


Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.

A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?

HEYBUTT Posts: 769
2/23/11 10:24 A

Right now I'm slowly learning that healthy food really IS the better way to go. I can eat more of it, feel full and stay in my calories goals. When I eat "junk" I end up wasting calories, get hungry quickly and it just doesn't live up to my memories of it.

Despite knowing all this, I still have days where I gobble down two candy bars then get mad at myself for doing something so unnecessary (and give myself a stomach ache!).

GETNFITGUY SparkPoints: (23,650)
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2/23/11 10:23 A

When starting a workout regimen after a layoff, don't pick up where you left off.

My first day back of hitting the gym (started back on 12/2/10) when I got to leg day I did what I did when I stopped lifting back in June. Needless to say the next two days it was difficult to get out of my chair at work! I've never been so sore!

BREAKTHROUGHYR SparkPoints: (18,025)
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2/23/11 10:01 A

I learned short cuts to lose weight and maintain the weight loss doesn't work for me...I need to rely on good ole healthy food choices and consistent excercise.

Edited by: BREAKTHROUGHYR at: 2/23/2011 (10:01)
2/23/11 9:52 A

So, I was hoping to hear some funny stories about how you learned a good lesson through trial and error. I'll start with myself!

I've learned that if at the end of the day I realize that I have not had all 8 cups of water a day, DO NOT necessarily chug what you have left prior to going to bed. Had a horrible night's sleep due to having to get up for the restroom multiple times during the night.


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