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JOY73YL Posts: 1,405
2/21/13 7:37 P

retirement -I love it!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (153,505)
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2/21/13 7:35 P

My most consistent lifestyle change is reading labels. I work very hard to keep my protein, fat and carbs within the SP recommended ranges, so it's important to know exactly what nutrients I'm getting out of the foods I choose each day.

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PROVERBS31JULIA Posts: 2,374
2/21/13 7:24 P

Drinking water! Lots! Consistently! Even at restaurants, water and no soda pop!!

This is from the Girl Formerly Known As MSDRPEPPER!

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Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
JIACOLO SparkPoints: (353,352)
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2/21/13 2:56 P

Enjoying exercising

If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.

- It's Janine!
NWLIFESRC Posts: 9,316
2/21/13 2:47 P

exercise lots of it

MUSHCAT Posts: 4,639
2/21/13 2:39 P

Quiet time and daily devotional each morning. It gives me strength to follow a healthy lifestyle.

Happy Days come from a limitless well I can drink from whenever I choose - Petra Van Baar

I thank God for all His Blessings on me,
And the mercy that He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed. - Michael Combs

Wishing you love, peace, joy, and blessings, Judi

2/21/13 2:09 P

preplanning meals the day before

Christian, Daughter, Wife, Mom.

I'm ready for a lifestyle change to better health. I have a long way to go but am ready to get there.

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (NIV)

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (129,515)
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2/21/13 12:56 P

consistant exercise

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
2/21/13 11:56 A

Something that will never teeter totter with me is some food choices especially in condiments. I use and buy only Smart Balance butter and mayo and olive oils, grapeseed oil, any oil that is actually good for us sometimes I even get sunflower oil. No matter what those are forever things in my home. Other things have changed but they tend to come and go at times. No diet drinks is another forever change, you will never see another diet drink in my home again as I have learned they are worse then regular. Only drinks you find in my home is milk, water, 100 percent juices, and gatorade. I was getting low cal gatorade but not any more I just dilute the regular stuff.

YELLOWBUMBLEBRI SparkPoints: (1,159)
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2/21/13 2:30 A

The things that have stuck the most with me are not eating processed foods, and drinking a lot of water.

ANGHARAD3 Posts: 966
2/20/13 6:24 P

Getting in my 8 glasses of water.

2/20/13 4:57 P

I think my main one that has stuck around the best is having cold water in a pitcher in the fridge as an option. It is wonderful in the summer and I notice that I still like cold water in the winter.

God Bless you
SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (60,467)
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2/20/13 4:29 P

Drinking 2L of water a day

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/20/13 2:04 P

Quit smoking--about 30 years ago.
Never go to a fast food place, forbade my car to go there about 10 years ago.
Eat as little processed foods as possible.

These three things were hard for me at one time, but not any more.


MERRYBH Posts: 65
2/20/13 12:55 P

I 'see food differently' than ever before. It is wonderful to KNOW that eating healthy can become a way of life. I'm also just in the beginning of understanding that calories 'IN' need to be balanced with calories burned. It's such a fabulous adventure ..

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip," Jonathan would say, other times, "is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
RUBENB2003 Posts: 13,198
2/20/13 12:49 P

I drink water all the time now.

MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (128,180)
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2/20/13 12:47 P

My portion sizes are smaller, and I eat healthy snacks now, like fruit, rather than chips and cookies.

NEPTUNE1939 SparkPoints: (187,461)
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2/20/13 11:18 A

Monitering what I eat

LILYSMOM08 Posts: 1,142
2/20/13 11:12 A

I rarely buy packaged foods and always look to cook the healthiest food in the healthiest way possible

Team Leader for New Haven Sparkers

AKATHLEEN54 Posts: 601
2/20/13 11:10 A

Stopping to see if I am still really hungry once my plate is empty before automatically reaching for seconds just because they are there

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
2/20/13 11:09 A

Eating more fruits and vegetables by using them as my snacks I take to work

MERRYBH Posts: 65
2/20/13 11:07 A

LOVE the idea of the 'produce bar '' .. implementing it today! YEA .. and thank you!

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip," Jonathan would say, other times, "is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
MERRYBH Posts: 65
2/20/13 11:06 A

Feeling really good! The changes in eating habits and meal planning have become a real part of my life .. and that is a very good thing. I know how to make the 'healthy choices' and am very seldom tempted to 'go to' choices that are not healthy. ONWARD ...

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip," Jonathan would say, other times, "is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”
― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
2/20/13 11:00 A

we have a counter called the produce bar. Jam packed with fruits and veggies

"Be not afraid of going slowly, only of standing still"
KARENCRANER Posts: 3,421
2/20/13 10:10 A

Drinking lots of water and looking for opportunities for activity throughout the day!

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
2/20/13 9:16 A

Not eating chips, etc.

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,745
2/20/13 6:18 A

Drinking water instead of soda

128PERFECT Posts: 3,026
2/20/13 6:01 A

Eating breakfast.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,044
2/19/13 12:18 P

Hitting the gym 6 days a week. Don't know how or why it's stuck, but I won't question it as long as I am going.



"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. "
SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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2/19/13 11:09 A

Daily exercise!!! AND strength training. Never did that until about 8 months ago. It has really made a change in me!!!

LUV2SURFCHIC Posts: 1,104
2/19/13 10:40 A

Daily exercise. More than a year now.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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2/19/13 10:34 A

Mine would be drinking water because I never use to and now I always get my 8 glasses.

Lay aside life-harming heaviness and entertain a cheerful disposition.
KKKAREN SparkPoints: (230,889)
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2/19/13 9:15 A

taking a walk everyday, tracking my food everyday and drinking my water

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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2/19/13 9:15 A

Less red meat, more chicken and poultry, and of course obsessive about tracking.


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

Co team leader for Living With Diabetes team.

Co Leader for Healthy Hearts team.

Leader of Gilbert Speaks team.
KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
2/19/13 9:13 A

tracking calories

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/19/13 7:08 A

Not 100% of the time, but I look to choosing veggies and fruit before heading mindlessly for baked goods.

ETA: There are times I just don't have much of anything; but I've been able to avoid most baked goods throughout this commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

I still can't seem to make that say what's in my head, so I hope it's comprehensible.

Edited by: CMCOLE at: 2/19/2013 (07:09)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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2/19/13 7:01 A

Eating breakfast and portion control

THINNYMINNY SparkPoints: (34,960)
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2/19/13 4:41 A

Walking for the fun and stress relief!

History is not destiny.
MAGGIEVAN SparkPoints: (189,028)
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2/19/13 3:22 A

I never drink soda of any kind.

Maggie from Auckland the City of Sails in New Zealand.

"Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, and move on." Henry Rollins.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/19/13 12:17 A

eating a clean diet.........getting and keeping the junk food out of the house. Weight lifting has been a big one for me too...........

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (126,536)
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2/18/13 9:29 P

Been using the exercise bike in the living room, in front of the tv, for 9 yrs. and at least 3 hrs. per day, 2 hrs. in the morning and 1 hr. later on. We both use it all the time, we are retired so are home alot.

JUDITHANNE013 SparkPoints: (3,333)
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2/18/13 8:06 P

Eating slow so I know when I am becoming full and can stop.


No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.

--YODA, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
THOMAS.H Posts: 16,958
2/18/13 8:04 P

A LOT of cardio.


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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2/18/13 8:03 P

I pretty much eat a healthy breakfast every. single. day.

Though we cannot control the winds, we can adjust the sails.


RONIGH Posts: 631
2/18/13 2:11 P

I quit smoking 3 years ago, and I don't regret it one bit.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/18/13 2:09 P

I have had a really, really rocky journey personally, with some major ups and downs. Very few habits have truly stuck during the very worst of times. But those that have stuck: weighing pasta and dried beans before cooking it instead of just throwing it in the pot. Measuring out olive oil with a teaspoon measure rather than pouring out of the bottle. Using artificial sweeteners rather than sugar/honey etc. Using reduced fat yogurt rather than regular.

The most important habits -- regularly weighing myself, working out 5x/week, tracking all my food, staying in my calorie range -- I have let those go when times got really hard. At the moment they are all "found" again but I am very aware of how much things can change.

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,444)
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2/18/13 1:26 P

Sticking to sensible portion sizes, and not going back for "seconds".

My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, I am now in hospice care for metastatic breast cancer, but I'm not letting cancer stop me from Sparking!

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne

SHERYLDS Posts: 13,371
2/18/13 1:24 P

making the bulk of my plate veggies and using fruit for my sweet tooth.
I have also learned to love beans...they satisfy my starch cravings and keep me satisfied longest.

Sheryl from New Jersey, EST...2015 Summer final wt. 225
EL for 2015 5% Challenge...Spirited Underdogs Team
2/18/13 12:38 P

The act of choosing well, instead of choosing 'whatever'. Flavor awareness and fruit on the counter. These remain a constant.

My strength is in the LORD, Maker of Heaven and Earth.
KRMFREEONE Posts: 1,005
2/18/13 12:32 P

I have noticed through out my weight loss journey that I still have some bad habits, or some bad days. However I have noticed there are some things that have just stuck with me no matter what. For instance I am addicted to working now, even if I have had a day of over eating. I also drink all of my water everyday, again even if I havent done anything else. I dont even think about drinking a coke or any other beverage(except my coffee of course:))! So what has stuck with you?

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"
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