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TYCO4ME SparkPoints: (37,516)
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2/10/13 10:24 P

I really appreciated the comment, "The first step to losing weight is not gaining weight." Perspective is so crucial. Thanks for honesty, everyone.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
2/10/13 8:38 P

I've been there. It took a heart to heart with my husband to get me started. He's keeping me accountable, so that helps. Also, I've found some really fit friends who are encouraging me. If you don't find people that that in your life, look for them here on SP.

LADYBUGHOME SparkPoints: (8,387)
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2/10/13 4:54 P

A dietitian and nutritionist I know said that the best piece of advice she gives to people asking her how to get started losing weight is this: First step... stop gaining weight. Nothing more. if you can simply get to the point of not gaining it is much easier to make small changes that result in weight loss. Hang in there... it's a long process.. make those changes stick!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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2/10/13 4:32 P

Start small. Most of the time, when we can't find the motivation to get started, it's because we're looking at the end result, and what it takes to get there.

This isn't all or nothing. Instead of trying to change your entire life at once, make tiny baby steps. My journey started when I swapped half my pasta for whole wheat, and started measuring my servings.

AFter that, it's snowballed.

But make small changes. Add 10 minutes of exercise a day. Aim for half a plate of veggies at each meal. Go for a single meatless meal a week.

Just take baby steps... after all, you can't run a marathon if you've never walked a mile before!

KELLIMAC98 SparkPoints: (13,829)
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2/10/13 3:13 P

For the past few years, I've watched the numbers on the scale go up and up and up. I just can't seem to get going to move things in the opposite direction. Not only can't I stay motivated, I'm having trouble just getting motivated to begin with.

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