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1/28/13 10:56 A

Allison WHY do they make you feel like a loser?
Unfortunately shows like the biggest loser and others make us think that losing huge amounts of weight and seeing dramatic changes over a few weeks is normal. ITS NOT. Take note that many of the winners of TBL as well as others have gained everything back because they did it so fast. Bad steps and slow and steady win the race!!

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1/28/13 6:31 A

I set goals that I feel make me a loser but they said small goals first so I am. Just remember we are trying & thats what counts!

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1/25/13 9:38 P

Lissa I think those are EXCELLENT fastbreak goals!! if you need someone to check in with daily, do it here or sparkmail me!!
I made a commitment on Jan 1 to do at LEAST one mile of walking a day. doesnt sound like much, but for me it is. see, i am having a knee replacement in march, so i will have to break my streak then but thats far i'm far exceeding it but there is NO QUESTION about doing it. I used to make up excuses...and no more.
And I think you will find tracking EXTREMELY helpful!! i kept wondering why i couldnt lose when i eat so healthy..till i tracked and found that while everything WAS healthy, i was eating so much it was adding up!!! its a GREAT tool!!!
Again. if i can be of help please dont hesitate to ask!!

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1/25/13 8:25 P

I've been on Spark for a LONG time without reaching my goals. I'm entertaining the idea of actually doing the Fast Break, but I'm a little apprehensive about the whole thing.

I have, somewhat, done a Fast Break before. I've set small goals and I've met them consistently over a period of time, but I've never been able to build on them. Once I try to add a new goal to work on, I start to lose focus.

At the same time, going all-in hasn't worked either.

I was able to stick to a 10,000 step goal for about two months before temporarily losing my Fitbit. I've also been soda-free (diet and regular soft drinks and Slurpees) since September 2008 and I've given up almost all liquid calories (excluding milk/milk substitutes and some homemade smoothies recently) since right after the 2011 New Year. I've also completely cut out artificial sweeteners from my diet- including gum (though, I may make an exception for flying if it comes down to it). I just can't seem to be that successful anywhere else.

I have been sick for the past couple of weeks, and I'm aware that even making a slight change by eating a healthier breakfast (I often eat junk food first thing in the morning- if anything at all) would be an improvement. Plus, it wouldn't take too much time or prep-work to get started. A whole diet overhaul would be a bit more involved, however.

I'm just not sure what to do. I suppose, I'm more worried about the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2.

My Fast Break goals would be:

1. Eat a healthy breakfast (Healthy= contains fruit, protein, dairy, and possible whole grains. My typical healthy breakfast will probably be Greek yogurt with fruit, so I don't always have grains in the morning, but the protein and fruit are a big priority.)

2. Track my food. I might still eat like crap, but I want to track it regardless.

3. 10,000 steps a day. I did best when I jumped right to a 10,000 step goal. I was actually very competitive with myself when I got the streak going. NOTHING would stop me.

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