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LOVINGLIFE43 Posts: 209
12/11/13 8:59 P

By eliminating soda and increasing my water intake, I feel so much better. Even today while I am feeling the effects of a head cold, I am able to focus.

Always a lesson, never a mistake.
One day at a time.
BOOKLOVINGGIRL SparkPoints: (13,586)
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12/11/13 3:13 P

logging my caloric intake and drinking more water. I feel so much better.



"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one can not be friends with anyone else in the world."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
ANN1KPP314 Posts: 9
12/11/13 3:10 P

emoticon I notice changes almost daily--I was hard-hit by arthritis in my hands for the past year, and being off processed sugar for three weeks has eliminated about 80% of the pain in my hands! Even only 3-4 days into this plan, I noticed how well I slept--and that I no longer needed an antacid in the evening. Yesterday when I went for my monthly massage, the therapist found no knots (even none in my shoulders and neck!), and no part of the massage was painful, which is unusual! Every day I notice another positive difference. I never feel bloated. I feel happier throughout the day.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt
MIDROAD Posts: 1,184
12/11/13 1:22 P

Making small sustainable changes, teeny tiny steps that over a long period of time amounted to big changes in my mind and body.
I meditate daily and try to keep a happy and grateful heart.
Realizing we are all connected has been life altering....


“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

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12/11/13 1:21 P

Getting the weight in control eased my arthritis pain - big change. Pain makes you a miserable person.

SHOOPETTE SparkPoints: (89,216)
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12/11/13 11:03 A

being kinder to myself, and stopping berating me for not being perfect

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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12/11/13 10:42 A

Honestly......taking negative people out of my hard as it is and was...I don''t let
anyone good friend/old friend/ suck the life out of me anymore.

I control the negativity in my life...people, enviroments, news, etc.

I practice the power of positive thought and use a vision board for goals!

Life is great again!

TIGER_LILY_613 Posts: 519
12/11/13 12:35 A

Strength training literally strengthened my muscles, eliminating roughly 90% of my body pains. When my friends at work feel like walking somewhere to order food at lunch time, I can actually go with them now !

Cardio strengthened my heart and lungs significantly. I used to bring an inhaler to the gym for exercise-induced asthma. In the first few weeks of personal training, my trainer would routinely watch me try to catch my breath and ask "Do you need your inhaler ?" He doesn't ask anymore.

Blogging on SparkPeople helped me make new friends, and their positive reinforcement has helped me so much. I tried going it alone SO many times and always failed. Having people who care about me, support me and BELIEVE in me, and being there for them too ... that has made me a much happier person.

I used to think of myself as lazy and doomed to be obese. I feel so different now ! By taking active steps to improve my life, my confidence and self-esteem are much better. I now know I'm not lazy or trapped. I can do this !

HOLALOLA SparkPoints: (24,885)
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12/10/13 2:54 P

Staying active throughout the work day
Logging my exercise so I definitely get enough to burn what I eat
Portion control--I used to measure but now I can eyeball it, except grains
Giving up corn syrup and soda
Cooking at home

JMATHISON75 SparkPoints: (19,845)
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12/10/13 2:37 P

Working out my emotions either on the trail or at the gym instead of in front of the fridge has made quite a difference for me.
My mood is more stabilized, I have more energy, and little everyday irritants don't bother me the way they used to do.

KNITTERARY SparkPoints: (11,606)
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12/10/13 12:11 P

Exercise. No contest. My mood is better, my skin is better, and my body feels better.

”Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” - Will Rogers
UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
12/10/13 7:19 A


KELAN5 SparkPoints: (44,164)
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12/9/13 9:47 P

Great topic! The single most important change that has improved my life is exercising every morning on the treadmill for at least 50 minutes. I watch a show that I enjoy while I'm on the treadmill, and the combination of enjoying a favorite show (right now it's _Sons of Anarchy_) and getting my heart rate up have done WONDERS for my stress level as well as getting my day off to the best start! It reminds me that there is more to life than work, and I honor myself and my body by exercising and treating myself to some engaging entertainment! I am hungry afterwards and eat a healthy breakfast (something I often skipped before). I then get ready, taking pride in my appearance. This change, along with changing my eating patterns (thanks to Spark!!!), has made my 106-pound loss possible. I am excited as I continue on my journey to lose the last 55 pounds!

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"-Gandhi
LIBERTYWALK SparkPoints: (8,640)
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12/9/13 9:29 P

Renewing, strengthening, and creating friendships by inviting others to join us in the outdoor activities that my husband and I enjoy. Thus far this year, we have gone hiking, walking, running, kayaking and/or camping with friends and/or family. We've also made an effort to socialize more in general, and it has really enriched our lives.

July 4th Fun Run 5K (7/4/13): 32:12
Jaywalking 5K (8/4/13): 30:18
Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K (8/17/13): untimed
Jingle Bell 5K (11/9/13): 28:47

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. �Ralph Waldo Emerson

12/9/13 7:59 P

I have cut out a late afternoon snack when I come home from work. I was consuming about 300 or 400 calories and then eat dinner. Now, I am drinking a large cup of tea when I come home from work instead! If I am really hungry, I try to eat something low fat.

-Naomi Nancy
IAPHOTOGIRL75 Posts: 560
12/9/13 7:42 P

Eating better and working out for sure. Losing the 20lbs I've lost has made me feel way better than I could have imagined.

Amy ♥
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. Romans 5:3

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1
12/9/13 7:21 P

Eating at home or the food I make. I entering it before hand to know what to eat.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (90,403)
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12/9/13 4:47 P

Sticking with Sparks.


BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,387
12/9/13 4:23 P

Home cooking. This not only has helped with "weight related" issues such as being more able to control portion sizes, fat content etc., it has helped enable me to enjoy REALLY GOOD food - sure I invest more time in shopping/prep/cooking but it is SO worth it. No matter whatever happens with my weight over the course of the rest of my life, I hope i never go back to "lazy reliance on convenience/processed/prepackages/fast-foo
d homogeneous junk. I can do so much better (and at a lesser cost too, even if i buy the primo quality raw ingredients) when i'm willing to take control of the process of feeding me.

Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
LAURA7051 SparkPoints: (9,107)
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12/9/13 3:56 P

The routine of bringing my lunch and snacks to work from home.

They are weighed/measured, so there's portion control. They're healthier than what I would eat if I went out to eat. The foods are right at my desk, so I don't have to venture to the vending machine or any outside stores/restaurants and tempt myself with bad choices for lunch or post-lunch snack purchases.

I thought I'd be unhappy (i.e., bored) with the foods I bring from home, but I find the routine comforting and it's good to know that a good portion of my workday & workweek meals are very structured. I'm not faced with making choices, wondering what I'll eat.

FITTEREVERYDAY SparkPoints: (18,704)
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12/9/13 2:53 P

For me it has also been exercise and mindful eating! I lucked out when I moved last to move into a neighborhood with more stores, what this means is I shop more regularly and walk more regularly (instead of buying in so much bulk, I shop pretty much every day for the small things I need). The mindful eating I've been working on for a while and it is it's own reward as well as it has actually helped with weight loss over the past three months (I've finally gotten it down to a near art).


Time is EST - US/Michigan

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.

Fall 2015 5% Challenge Goal:126
12/9/13 1:06 P

What a great topic!

Eating wise: going vegetarian. What a difference it's made! It's forced me to read labels and eat much, much more cleanly.

Physically: finding physical activities that are FUN so exercise doesn't feel like a chore. :)

BOOKLOVINGGIRL SparkPoints: (13,586)
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12/9/13 12:44 P

drinking 8 cups a water daily. what a difference! i feel more hydrated and much healthier.



"Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one can not be friends with anyone else in the world."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,239
12/9/13 11:56 A

Cooking more (and eating less processed foods as a result, though I do still have some) and getting to a healthy weight for the first time in my adult life. For awhile, I was content at 25-30 lbs overweight (down from 100+lbs), but I was wrong - I feel so much better and stronger now.

Also, 1.5 years ago, I changed jobs from a high stress, mentally and emotionally draining position with no support to a sometimes stressful position with lots of support. Best, healthiest decision that I ever made. May have taken me a year to find where I'm at now, but the difference is amazing.

TRI_BABE Posts: 2,965
12/9/13 11:29 A

Fantastic posts! For me, it was probably measuring foods/seeing what a portion size actually was rather than eyeballing it, eating less and relaxing more!

WHEELS54 Posts: 492
12/9/13 10:51 A

exercise and mindful eating

Taking care of yourself first isn't selfish, it's necessary.
RESCU82 SparkPoints: (27,026)
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12/9/13 10:38 A

I feel so much better when I get my exercise and drink my water! I sleep better and look better too.

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12/9/13 10:36 A

Regular exercise.

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers
WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (36,763)
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12/9/13 10:29 A

Best life changing lesson: Learning that wanting certain people to love me is more likely to result in their not loving me than to result in their loving me. This lesson frees a person from a huge burden of self-delusion.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,605
12/9/13 9:25 A

There are so many things that I could name but regular exercise has to be a major change that has had a great impact on my life.


"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
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HADLEY123 SparkPoints: (22,345)
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12/9/13 8:06 A

Drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day. It makes me feel much more alert and healthy. I used to drink cup after cup of coffee all day long to get my brain out of the mud. Now I don't even need coffee in the morning. Who knew?

JBALDWIN29 SparkPoints: (109,050)
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12/8/13 11:03 P

Regular exercise.

SHERYLDS Posts: 13,354
12/8/13 10:52 P

food up bread and cutting way back on starches drastically cut the calories.
Trying to eat 5-6 veggies a day and 2 fruits has made a big difference in how I feel and look.

Sheryl from New Jersey, EST...2015 Summer final wt. 225
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OOLALA53 Posts: 9,572
12/8/13 10:47 P

Giving up sweets, seconds, and snacks on weekdays four years ago. (

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved me from my emotional eating defeats. Five years and counting! *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
PEACEGRANNY Posts: 2,070
12/8/13 10:44 P

rowing (crew), eating gluten free, and becoming vegan

MIRELICA SparkPoints: (15,965)
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12/8/13 10:19 P

Giving up:
- sugar;
- processed food;
- artificial sweeteners;
- alcohol.

"Let nothing weaken the will behind positive thoughts". (Paramahansa Yogananda)
GALINAZ Posts: 724
12/8/13 9:28 P

I like the idea of 7 to 9 veges and fruits - I"ve been doing 2 or 3 for a while and I hadn't thought to step it up, thanks!

Alice in Arizona
it's better to be kind than be right
JIACOLO SparkPoints: (352,813)
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12/8/13 9:11 P

I certainly feel better about how I look and feel better in general.

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

- It's Janine!
TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/8/13 8:00 P

putting myself on the list of things to take care of. Not listening to people when they tell me I am too skinny. eating according to my personal goals and health issues......I have hypoglycemia.

MSKIZ69 SparkPoints: (263,505)
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12/8/13 7:35 P

Finally finally accepting that carbs were not the enemy. After years of avoiding them it is a great relief to eat healthy things like fruits.

BABYSOX SparkPoints: (92,355)
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12/8/13 7:12 P

Setting a long term goal that can only be achieved by being successful in short term goals.

Enjoy the process
CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (105,036)
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12/8/13 6:35 P

Walking daily and not keeping junk food in the house

Starting Weight: 268 lbs. (November 2010)
Quasi-Maintenance: 165 lbs. (June 2011)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs. (reached December 8, 2011)

Size 22W to Size 4

Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
CAROLIAN SparkPoints: (107,800)
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12/8/13 3:27 P

Make sure i walk at least 1 mile every day more if possible
stopped buying junk food
make meals from scratch instead o supermarket to freezer to microwave

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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (156,984)
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12/8/13 3:09 P

Cutting out diet soda had an impact on my health. For a very long time, I had adult acne. Figured it was something I would have to deal with. Well. when I gave up diet coke and soda, after a few weeks, I noticed my skin cleared up significantly.

What has improved my life ? I'd say losing 50+ pounds and keeping it off for several years has helped improve my life significantly. I'm sure yo yo dieting didn't help my health.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 12/8/2013 (15:18)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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12/8/13 3:04 P

Giving up diet coke and taking up triathlons especially the training for the Iron Man

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (35,663)
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12/8/13 1:57 P

Without a doubt: eating 7-9 servings of veggies and fruit every day.
It has enabled the weight loss project to go waaaaay smoother; I've kept most of it off relatively easily & for the longest period of time heretofore. Plus, I hardly ever get colds anymore. I think it just really improves one's health all the way around.

There is a time & $ investment in finding what you like, the best places to buy the best tasting stuff & the proper storage & prep involved, but it's SO worth the payoff.

Also cutting way down on alcohol. I'd rather spend the calories on food!

FAITHP44 SparkPoints: (75,226)
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12/8/13 1:09 P

Taking myself in hand with regards to bed times and being up and dressed in the mornings. I'm still not brilliant but I'm getting more disciplined and this gives me more time during the day. Also cutting out computer games - though I still have a tendency to go back to this and can easily get 'hooked' again.

I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6
HEIDI777 SparkPoints: (14,167)
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12/8/13 9:56 A

I think measuring my food and learning what a true portion is! It is too easy to just spoon an oversized portion of food on to a plate!

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
12/8/13 9:54 A

Losing down to my present weight recently. Although I've been at a healthy weight for a long time, I discerned this year that my joints do better when I am much lighter than I previously thought and a huge goal of mine is to stay active and pain free throughout the remainder of my life (and not have to replace anything). The impact of just the long walks I habitually take is considerably less at my present weight, so that's where I'm going to stay and that has significantly improved my life.

Moving in new directions.
TRI_BABE Posts: 2,965
12/8/13 9:49 A

Alongside a healthier diet and exercise, what changes (big or small) have you made that have improved your life them most? Thanks!

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