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BABYSOX SparkPoints: (86,459)
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2/5/14 7:01 P

my fitbit
my job (it is a physical job)
my goal (training for a 154km trek)

These are my top 3.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/2/14 11:26 P

getting my butt out of bed to go to weight lifting class.
using my weight lifting room at home.
using my lose it app to track my food and workouts.
having Jesus as my running partner on the treadmill.
good walking shoes.

PANFRIEDTROUT Posts: 3,901
2/2/14 6:35 P

Alongside of SP some weight loss tools for me are:

#1. Daily bowing my heart before God & asking for His help in becoming healthy.
#2. Making several posters for motivation/inspiration and having them in almost every room of the house.
#3. Writing about my successes and areas that challenge me.
#4. As before, basic home & self equipment (bands, balls, dbs, sneakers, bra ...)
#5. Keeping good stuff in the house and keeping temptations out of the house.

POET_CHICK Posts: 497
1/10/14 10:06 A

Thank you all for the replies!

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GOALWTIN7 SparkPoints: (2,121)
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12/29/13 10:16 P

1. Only having healthy foods in the house and no trigger food.
2. Learning to cook tasty and healthy and limit eating out.
3. Stress walk instead of stress eat
4. Know the calories of foods you eat and measure
5. Don't go hungry or feel deprived

AKACATE Posts: 903
12/29/13 10:04 P

1-Treadmill
2-Exercise DVD's for strength training (Personally, I like Jillian Michaels)
3-Free weights
4-Journaling food, exercise and running
5-Supportive partner - but you can't use your Christmas money and buy him! :)

LADYREDCOMET SparkPoints: (49,828)
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Posts: 424
12/29/13 7:36 P

For me, it would be...

1. Fitness Blender
2. Workout dvds (Jillian Michaels, yoga, etc.)
3. My dumbbell set
4. A good sports bra
5. The right shoes

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (103,197)
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Posts: 2,953
12/29/13 6:48 P

Well the ones I listed are the top 5 on my list but I workout 5 days out of 7 wherein I spin, swim and run. I also like to do Yoga. These are all at the gym.

POET_CHICK Posts: 497
12/29/13 5:47 P

Let me clarify. I didn't mean excluding SparkPeople. I meant things you use in conjunction with the SparkPeople website (like exercise DVD's, weights, FitBit, scales, etc). I know we all use SP or else we wouldn't be posting here.

Thank you all for your suggestions. I bought a new food scale today and I've ordered a weighted fitness hula hoop. Can't wait to start using it.



PANFRIEDTROUT Posts: 3,901
12/29/13 2:51 P

I can't imagine excluding *any* aspect of SparkPeople but here we go:

#1. Measuring tools ( food scale, cups, spoons ...)
#2. Basic fitness equipment ( resistance bands, stability ball, dumbbells, good sneakers )
#3. Computer ( to find exercise /recipe videos and helpful health articles ... )
#4. Enlisting friends /family to help me stay accountable
#5. Gym membership ( & making use of the same at minimum 2x weekly )

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (74,454)
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12/29/13 8:41 A

1. food scale & measuring cups

2. nutrition tracker

3. Pilates DVD, mat, and workout circle

4. jump rope

5. resistance training (weights, bands, machines, etc.)

GUITARGAL2 Posts: 1,971
12/29/13 7:13 A

1. Spreadsheet with weight, measurements and goal dates. Helps me to stay focused and on track.

My elliptical trainer, at least 30 minutes 4x a week.

Hand weights, 3lb, 5lb and 10lb

Different DVD's, depending on the day and time available varies between P90x, Jillian Michaels and JNL fusion.

Walking everyday during work lunchtime.


TCANNO SparkPoints: (136,615)
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12/29/13 6:25 A

to start with SP
Then
Step tracker
Treadmill
Aerobic step
and a few other things
Oh, and two pair of trainers


Edited by: TCANNO at: 12/29/2013 (06:26)
FREEDSPIRIT Posts: 410
12/29/13 5:33 A

Journal (I've been journalling every day for the first time ever, and it really helps me stay on track!)
Membership to a 24-hour gym (I work nights)
Xbox 360 Kinect games (to trick myself into exercising!)
Walking/biking trail (less than a mile from my house--love it!)
My smartphone apps (SparkPeople tracker, Runkeeper, Zombies Run!, Redy Gym Log, Vitogo, and music)

Edited by: FREEDSPIRIT at: 12/29/2013 (20:44)
BUFFLIECE Posts: 515
12/28/13 12:58 P

I have everything I need and that make it all possible, so I list some of the greatest I found.

1. Workouts by TV and Computer (VHS, DVD, OnDemand through Cable, and YouTube) - I love The FIRM personally.
2. Brand New Water Bottle - Just screams DRINK DRINK DRINK! GET UR BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!
3. Books!! Knowledge is Power as they say... My recommendations are "Then Just Stay Fat..." by Shannon Sorrels, "For Dummies" and "Complete Idiots" Guides (Nutrition, dieting, fitness, weight traning, clean eating), and Healthy Cookbooks
4. Dumbbells - don't really need much else.
5.A Vision Board - I use a magnetic one with cut outs for magazines and sayings from the internet.

KAB7801 SparkPoints: (83,315)
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Posts: 2,627
12/28/13 10:19 A

Got a trampoline for Christmas

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
12/28/13 9:20 A

Not trying to lose any further weight, just maintain, but the tools and processes are the same. My favorite tools are:

My Nutribullet (am on my second one)

My gym room full of benches, weights, a TV to play exercise DVDs and music

My phone with tracker apps, music and other aids

My Fitbit!!!


POET_CHICK Posts: 497
12/27/13 11:30 P

Thanks everyone! I received some money for Christmas, and I've been trying to figure out what to spend it on. Thank you for the suggestions. Keep them coming!

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (263,916)
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12/27/13 11:19 P

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My favorite weight loss tools are as follows: kettlebells, stability ball, medicine ball, hula hoop, bow flex machine, food journal, and water, water, and more water!!!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (103,197)
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12/27/13 8:25 P

My 5 recommended weight loss tools:

Food Journal -- count every calorie that goes in the mouth.

Water - Minimum 63 oz a day; more if you are exercising

Sleep - Go to bed at the same time every night

Steps - 10,000 steps a day

Moderation - everything in moderation and there are no bad foods.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (106,814)
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Posts: 5,676
12/27/13 7:15 P

Richard Simmons Deal A Meal Wallet and cards, Outsmart Diabetes cookbook, exercise bike, rebounder, and comfortable shoes to walk in all the time, not just for exercise.
Old School

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (317,877)
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Posts: 18,327
12/27/13 5:58 P

Sneakers, treadmill, free weights, iPod, gym membership

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (39,738)
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Posts: 1,872
12/27/13 5:07 P

My ski machine
My rowing machine (Christmas present this year~Whoo!)
My weights and workout videos
Good work out clothes esp. shoes and bra!
Measuring cups, spoons and food scale.

If I include Spark people I would add the food and activity trackers

KAZZIE531 SparkPoints: (43,821)
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12/27/13 5:03 P

must have a journal emoticon

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
12/27/13 4:50 P

Well, you specified not using SP... but then you amended with the SP Activity Tracker. So I'll have to follow that and say the Nutrition Tracker here is my most useful tool.
After that...
food scale
measuring devices (spoons, cups) and portion savers
slow cooker
immersion blender
computer - for researching healthy nutrition!

Edited by: EXOTEC at: 12/27/2013 (16:51)
SHERYLDS Posts: 12,610
12/27/13 4:24 P

workout music
good sneakers/walking shoes
comfortable workout clothes
dumbbells
and definitely access to Coach Nicole's exercise videos

--MEOW-- Posts: 3,380
12/27/13 4:23 P

Just Dance 2014, Slow Cooker, food scale, uhmmm... and I can't think of any other :S

KIMMAS82 Posts: 746
12/27/13 4:18 P

A good water bottle
Heart Rate Monitor
Membership to the gym at work
A good sports bra
Good tennis shoes

POET_CHICK Posts: 497
12/27/13 4:09 P

If you could pick five "must have" weight loss tools for 2014, other than using SparkPeople, what would they be? (Spark Activity Tracker, FitBit, exercise DVD, etc.) Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2014!

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