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3/4/12 6:07 A

I take college courses from home.
I'm also working with a group to create a documentary of Mt. Monadnock.

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3/4/12 1:04 A

I think you have a really great mindset by keeping your focus on healthy changes and realistic expectations. Good Advice...

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3/4/12 12:42 A

I stopped dieting, and changed my lifestyle. I avoid foods that are empty of nutrition, energy sapping and processed, for wholesome and nutritious foods. I exercise as often as possible and have stopped unrealistic thoughts that I should still have the body that I used to have in my 20's, 30's and 40's.

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3/3/12 11:53 P

It started for me when I joined Spark as well. Strength training, counting calories and actually sticking to it for more than 2 weeks are things I have not done in the past! Taking things one step at a time, and staying positive I believe are important to do too.

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3/3/12 10:46 P

Joined SP, gave up sugar, junk food, coffee, cheese and now I work out once or twice each day. I cook all of my own food from scratch, I eat 5-6 times each day, and I plan all my healthy life changes well in advance. I no longer eat for my emotions.

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3/3/12 10:11 P

joined SparkPeople

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3/3/12 10:09 P

Remind myself everyday that you only live life once.

I have decided that I want to live life to the fullest, to see as much as I possibly can and to achieve my goals of health, wealth and happiness. In order to achieves these, I have to stay fit and make smart food decisions. But I also know that you have to stop and small the roses and to have your cake and EAT IT TOO!

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3/3/12 7:21 P

started drinking more water! and it definitely has made me feel so much better

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3/3/12 7:16 P

All sorts of things but in very small steps. Overall I am making a lifestyle change that I can live with

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3/3/12 6:59 P

Ditched fast food!

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3/3/12 6:32 P

Joined Spark People

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3/3/12 6:06 P

I have made gradual changes in diet and exercise since I was 20. Now, they are pretty much a normal way of life for me at age 52. It helps, cause most people guess my age younger than I really am!

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3/3/12 5:54 P

I joined SparkPeople. It has done more for me than any other weight loss program and best of all it's free!!!!!

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3/3/12 5:52 P

I had to accept that some folks will not be comfortable with the changes I am making.
I had to take a good hard look at my co-dependency issues and begin to work on them.

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3/3/12 5:43 P

LOL cooking has always been my "therapy". So I know exactly what you are facing. Making me (and hubby's) favorites nutritious and great tasting is a awesome venture. lazy? I don't think so, sounds like you simply have to call it "refresh" time. Everyone needs that.

The weight will come off and when it does you will feel fantastic! So don't despair keep trying and trying, never give up:)

God be with you!

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3/3/12 5:35 P

#1 Realizing NO ONE is gonna do it for me! I am responsible for my health, my choices, my life.
#2 Every little bit COUNTS!!! Every time I choose to take the stairs, walk to pick up my kids from school, get my booty on even ONE of the exercise machines I have at home for at least 20-30 minutes, each healthy snack/meal.... it all ADDS UP! and does COUNT!
#3 I constantly tell myself... I am not where I was yesterday, I am that much more ahead, keep it up, its gonna pay off in the long run. My fitness is a journey, not just a destination of being 50 pounds lighter (although that's my goal! and I WILL BE) but it is for the rest of my life! emoticon

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3/3/12 5:34 P

I have came back to my sparkpeople group and joined the gym with an awesome group of ladies that are more than motivators. I am so blessed.

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3/3/12 5:31 P

You go Girl! Make hay while the sun shines ... family is sooo important, enjoy!

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3/3/12 5:16 P

surround myself with positive people who care about my Group Power weight lifting classes.........working on my self image to make it better........liking myself.

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3/3/12 5:10 P

eat healthy and exercise

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3/3/12 4:34 P

get up and exercise as many mornings as possible and then have a nice breakfast with fiber and protein.

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3/3/12 4:16 P

I follow my plans to finish my education and to keep my blood sugar low.
On days like today (which happen about once ever 2-3 months) and I don't feel on top of things, I cut myself some slack, and think about how I will meet my goals tomorrow.

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3/3/12 3:14 P

Breakfast used to consist of coffee with milk then I was extremely hungry by 10am and eat whatever was available until my lunch break. Now it's a habit to eat healthy food for breakfast. I read a article that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of not gaining weight, so far it's working for me and I don't feel moody in the morning. emoticon

Another change is I watch less TV. After work I would eat dinner and basically lie in bed watching TV until I feel asleep. Now that I'm eating healthier, I have more energy and walk at least 20 minutes everynight which surprisingly gives me more energy, who knew?

Edited by: FITBODME at: 3/3/2012 (15:25)

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3/3/12 2:47 P

I quit eating to overfull. I don't "diet". I just quit eating when I am no longer hungry. And I exercise 4 times a week. These small changes have led to 25 pound weight loss. And I don't feel terribly deprived. I want quality in my next decade of life.

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3/3/12 2:44 P

Quit my job to spend time with my family

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3/3/12 2:14 P

A rather long story...and I have to leave for an appointment, so I am posting this so I may find the thread later an write.

Great question; I look forward to reading other responses as well!

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3/3/12 2:09 P

I read The Spark and followed the advice:
drank water, watched portions and ate the right stuff, started exercising, made getting enough sleep a priority.
Food is more important in weight loss than exercise,
but exercise changed my life.
I started with stationary biking and strength training at home,
and after a 3 months I felt it was not enough.
The 5K Your Way program invited me to the Trick and Treat Trot, and I thought why not?
Now I run 4 or 5 times each week and love every minute of it!

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 3/3/2012 (14:12)

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3/3/12 1:34 P

Became a serious wellness center member (go to classes, train, attend seminars, particpate in challenges).
Cook 95% of meals at home.
Cook for a diabetic with heart and kidney failure. Use same diet for me.
Get rest.
Set priorities and boundaries.
Gave myself permission to take time for me.

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3/3/12 1:31 P

Woke up and became determined to be healthy and fit.

Edited by: REBCCA at: 3/3/2012 (13:43)

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3/3/12 1:24 P

Realizing that I have choices. I am repsonsible for my happiness. I can't blame others. I also can't let others upset/annoy me. If I don't like the way someone is treating me, I can choose to accept it or I can choose not to have them in my life.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 3/3/2012 (13:24)

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3/3/12 1:15 P

I,m working on portion control,which is a struggle because i love to cook and love the way great food taste.(dont we all). I,ve learned that i need to slow down, chew slower. for some reason i developed a bad habit of cramming food into my mouth as fast as i can. I've found that i accutully like whole wheat products, like wheat pizza and wheat pasta. so I'm trying healthy recipes, which is fun.
I'm enjoying some of the changes of chosing a more healthy lifesyle, but some days can be very challanging. lets face the facts sometimes I get lazy. I dont want to get off the couch let alone go to gym and work out.
I haven't lost very much weight , but I'm still trying .

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3/3/12 1:05 P

Watch for empty calories, i.e. processed foods, drinks, etc. Keep a conscious thought process of the foods I eat daily and my activity

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3/3/12 12:17 P

Started reading food labels to find out where the calories are coming from and whether or not I want to particpate in that companies unhealthy/healthy contribution to my new way of eating.

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3/3/12 12:02 P

Participating in a 5K training program, preparing to run my first 5K in April. emoticon

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3/3/12 11:28 A

Deciding to get up and move, makes a big difference for me.

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3/3/12 11:25 A

Edit my self talk. emoticon

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3/3/12 10:55 A

going to curves 3 to 4 times a week, doing my treadmill. Just tried a Curves with Zumba class. Tracking and weighing and measuring out my food portions. Eating healthier and being more conscious of temptations. Keeping busy and lowering my stress level...

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3/3/12 10:53 A

Swapping SparkPeople with my Facebook profile....It is helping me a whole lot in incorporating great things into my lifestyle

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3/3/12 10:51 A

I am going to the gym 3 times a week, watching what I eat, cooking healthy & I retired last October, which was a BIG change in my stress level. emoticon

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3/3/12 10:47 A

@HLANIER4 I posted on another SP board (yesterday, I believe) about drinking water and how I felt it was (dare I say it?) a bit excessive. Many studies say we don't need that much. What do you think?

Here's a Youtube video I did on the subject:

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3/3/12 10:41 A

I have changed the way I look at food. I used to just eat and eat without any consciousness of the amount or quality. Now I eat more nutritious food and find that I have more energy than before. Also, I chart my food everyday to ensure that I eat enough fruits and vegetables and that I eat within my limit for food each day. I am a happier person since I have begun to pay more attention to my self and what is good for me.

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3/3/12 10:35 A

@VADAVICTORIA Small changes lead to big changes. This is emoticon

Edited by: MAXFIT1 at: 3/3/2012 (10:36)

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3/3/12 10:25 A

I am exercising regularly and eating more healthy foods. I feel good.

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3/3/12 10:25 A

Reading labels, eating whole foods, walking, strength training.

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3/3/12 10:14 A

I started getting more involved with meal preparation in our household. I volunteered to do the grocery shopping so that I can control the food that we bring into our home. I started menu planning, recipe hunting and cooking healthy dishes. It has changed my life and while it hasn't completely changed the rest of my family's eating habits, I do see small changes. My mother now brings lunch to work instead of buying fast food!

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3/3/12 9:58 A

Making the decision that I am tired of how I feel and want to change my life. My biggest feat is drinking a lot of water.

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3/3/12 9:30 A

eating healthier, watching my daily calories, never go hungry so i wouldnt let my sugar drop, bought a kinnect and then bought a game called your shape its like having your own personal trainer, also bought a treadmill over Amazon that will arrive around 12-15th this month so i can walk like i used to back when i lived with my dad "4 hours a day" im usually a shy person so i cant really walk outside, aside from all the trouble of mudd and rain and stupid weather lol.

Before i changed my life i didnt know i was doing so many wrong things.. i never ate much before this and i used to eat the wrong things some days i go with out eating anything cause i dont feel like it, but now i force my self day in day out to eat healthy food, never knew how bad the other food was for me till i saw how much calories and fat they had i was shocked! once i started eating healthier i noticed ive became more happy, more energetic, more active, like the world is out there for me to take and control "figure of speach" i have alot more energy and i havent been this happy in ages.

Edited by: GHOWARD25 at: 3/3/2012 (09:35)

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3/3/12 9:27 A

After many years of suffering while thinking I was eating only healthy foods, I finally discovered that I cannot tolerate any foods that contain gluten. So once I eliminated all whole wheat products and any other sources of gluten, my life changed dramatically. I am so grateful that I stopped listening to the "experts" on what constitutes a healthy diet and took back my health. No more bloating, joint pain, brain fog, low energy, I've gotten control of my weight again too!

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3/3/12 9:00 A

I used to get up late and mope around on the weekends but now I'm up and at 'em. I have make a conscious effort to be aware of what I have going on around me and take an active role in events happening right now, not later.

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3/3/12 8:57 A

I'd really like to get a conversation going about what things you've done (and what you truly believe has worked) to change your life. While I'm now a life coach, I wasn't always. My main love has been exercise - personal trainer, fitness instructor, and most recently MMA (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga). I have several clients that feel such intense negativity and they find it hard to put "believe and you can achieve" into action. Some of them have lived very isolated lives without many friends and wonder how they can feel happy and find that place of gratitude in an effort to bring more positivity into their lives.

So what have you done? And not just in terms of weight loss but with your life in general?

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