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SERENE-BEAN Posts: 1,413
12/29/13 10:27 P

Daily weigh-in works for me, too.

Serene Vannoy
Bi poly atheist poet and fatchick extraordinaire

I am worthy of love, belonging and joy now, as is. - Brene Brown

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TLB1630 SparkPoints: (43,304)
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12/29/13 10:25 P

10+ MINUTE SPARKS...usually I go longer than expected but just knowing I only have to do 10 works for me...and normally go for 3 x's per day emoticon - works for me!!

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DIANAHALLOCK SparkPoints: (31,954)
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12/29/13 6:19 P

Ditto...tracking food and activity every day PLUS a daily weigh in...otherwise I can "fool" myself into thinking...oh, it's only a little over my calorie limit...... The scale doesn't lie!

ANGELCITYGAL SparkPoints: (37,844)
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12/29/13 5:32 P

Planning my meals and tracking food and fitness every day!

~Jennie ~

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CRAMOMMY Posts: 316
12/29/13 5:15 P

Motivating others ... When Im leading a group, I feel like I cant fail ... Maybe its the social aspect of it- Im not sure, but it helps a lot!

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SERENE-BEAN Posts: 1,413
12/29/13 12:35 A

Tracking every bite and every exercise minute. Staying within range at least 6 days a week. And finding exercise I like. Oh, and refusing to ever be mean to myself. I've lost 35 lbs in 12 weeks.

Serene Vannoy
Bi poly atheist poet and fatchick extraordinaire

I am worthy of love, belonging and joy now, as is. - Brene Brown

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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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12/28/13 8:07 P

I am not sure what works for me. I have done nothing but gain more weight then lose since I have joined spark people. I know that my diet isn't the best that it could be, but I just cannot find the motivation I was hoping for here. Might end up back at weight watchers and the beginning of the year.

JANAYA2424 SparkPoints: (7,967)
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12/28/13 2:38 P


Counting my blessings or at least trying to! :-)
SMILEYBEE SparkPoints: (70,844)
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12/27/13 10:20 P

South Beach diet, Phase One ... for two weeks. This kick starts me losing weight.

Betty - Idaho

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. -- Wayne Dyer
VUKELK Posts: 584
12/27/13 10:56 A

I HAVE to journal and when I get restarted (again) focus one one/two main things daily works best for me. Today was eat breakfast which I did and exercise. I used to have a game plan and try to be strict about everything. It would work for awhile and usually fall apart. So start small, remain consistent with small steps and then add more after I've gotten into a good routine.

Focus! You can do this!
BEACHGIRL328 Posts: 2,283
12/27/13 8:22 A

every day as soon as I get up I have a glass of water and I also preplan my food so there is no chance to go off course.
I treat exercising as I would going to work or anything else I have to do. I just do it, it is simply part of my routine.

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,203
12/26/13 8:08 P

Taking myself to my rood and then bed right after supper.

ACACIA21 SparkPoints: (61,106)
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12/26/13 7:08 P

getting my exercise in first thing in the morning. Then whatever else happens during the day won't distract me. emoticon


BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
12/26/13 9:00 A

Smaller portion sizes, journaling and being mindful of my goals.

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds
MJEFFERSON23 SparkPoints: (32,691)
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12/24/13 7:11 P

I have to log in first thing everyday! It keeps me motivated and committed.

The only "diet" that works is consistency!


GRANDMABABA SparkPoints: (128,409)
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12/24/13 6:47 A

Healthy eating, walking, daily weighing...I am up a few pounds so working to get back where I want to be. I know it is up to me.

MELINACCORD SparkPoints: (2,467)
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12/23/13 5:35 P

For me it's eating real food. I find the more boxed/canned/processed food I eat, the more I crave and the less energy I have.

Everything that is now easy was once hard.

Working on untying my self worth from my success or struggles
LIVELYLULU37 Posts: 1,573
12/23/13 7:39 A

I have been exercising one time in the am and one time in the pm. Both times I go as long as I can, but it seems to work most days! I am trying to figure out what works for nutrition, I will get there!!

I'm opening a new page of a new chapter in my life!! Boy, it feels great!!
TLB1630 SparkPoints: (43,304)
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12/23/13 2:14 A

Doing 10+ minute SPARK activities. I have always had a problem with committing to doing exercise. Anytime I have, it was always short lived. But now, by telling my self I only have to do it for 10 minutes "now" it breaks it down to do-able! And now I've been accomplishing 30+ minutes per day, but in 2 or 3 SPARKS a day! I love this way of exercise!! emoticon

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BETTERME8913 SparkPoints: (5,341)
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12/22/13 11:42 P

Having a small amount of almonds will keep me full for hours, instead of pretzels, crackers, oatmeal or yogurt, don't work so much for me. Jimmy Dean has a breakfast sandwich, egg whites, spinach, wheat bread and cheese, only 160 calories, a filling breakfast. If I eat Lean Cuisine meals for lunch, I am starving an hour later. If I make low fat crockpot recipes, they are comforting and filling, this works for me. Salads for dinner works too. I need to use low fat dressing, lots of veggies, a little feta cheese, sometimes a little chicken. 100 cal bags of popcorn at night or a mozzerella cheese stick. Didn't mean to go on so much, but those are some things that seem to be working for me, and wanted to share.

Edited by: BETTERME8913 at: 12/22/2013 (23:43)
SUSAN727 Posts: 1,505
12/22/13 7:54 P

Haven't figured that one out yet. I did really well up until Thanksgiving and then lost my way. I'm desperately trying to get back on track but it is something I have to accomplish myself.


"If it is to be, it starts with me!"
EFKLUTZ Posts: 160
12/22/13 6:29 P

I have personal trainer and I get weighed and measured (BF%) once a month. That certainly keeps me motivated to try and lose weight and BF between measuring. But, I also need more daily motivation for the everyday type of challenges. I have found that writing in a journal every day helps me. I do currently weigh myself everyday and I record that when I write in the journal, I hope to get to a point where I feel I don't need to weigh myself every day. I also write about how my exercise went, what I did at the gym, how I felt and also about any good or bad things that I did to help/hinder my progress. I also write down any sabotaging thoughts I may be having and I then follow that with a helpful response - It's like my own cognitive therapy session with myself.

LOPEZKSD SparkPoints: (9,547)
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12/22/13 10:43 A

A health coach that keeps me motivated and accountable. This can be anyone. A friend, family member or someone you pay.

STONECOT Posts: 3,536
12/21/13 12:06 P

Alternate day fasting, and CI/CO on the reports page.


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Do not think about how far there is still to go, concentrate on where you have come from.
Focus on the NSV's not the number on the scale.

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MBRANSON Posts: 370
12/21/13 10:25 A

What finally seems to work for me is eating like the late Jack Lalanne. He juiced during the day and then went out with his wife to their favorite restaurant for their evening meal.

As a young person who had a problem putting on weight, I remembered that I was always on the run. I had no time for breakfast, nor lunch, and dinner was something I hurried through. I had too many things to do in the evening so didn't think about food. I had a zest for life. I'm trying to recapture that feeling.

MCCC75 SparkPoints: (25,022)
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12/20/13 4:43 P

Always being honest in what I eat and trackng every morsel! emoticon

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending." ~ Maria Robinson
33134JM SparkPoints: (84,427)
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12/20/13 2:37 P


12/20/13 12:27 P

Walking--it whittles the pounds away.

Exercising is non-negotiable & consistency is the key to our success!
CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (57,410)
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12/20/13 5:38 A

I have been doing the small meals/snack all day long. Then, I never felt hungry because I was always eating. Just recently I started doing a more standard 3 bigger meals approach, but still do the lots of little meals approach, too. I also have more flexibility for bigger meals now with maintenance and a higher calorie range. What I've ended up doing a lot if having a big meal and then all the snack to fill in during the day, so a combination of both approaches. The key is to do what works best for you!

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”
--Christian D. Larson
DRKYASHI Posts: 1,693
12/19/13 7:07 A

Tracking my nutritional intake. emoticon

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IMREITE SparkPoints: (303,247)
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12/19/13 12:43 A

Variation and recording what i do.

Don't forget to be awesome.
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SUPERDAD55 Posts: 1,752
12/18/13 12:09 A

Tracking and working out, vitamins also.


I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
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SISSY_24 SparkPoints: (30,365)
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12/16/13 9:18 P


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12/16/13 9:17 P


PATRICIA441 SparkPoints: (90,269)
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12/16/13 6:18 P

Tracking my every bite of food! Then I know exactly how many calories, fat, protein etc. that I am taking in.

Through Christ and with Christ all things are possible!
GREEN-EYED-LADY Posts: 1,613
12/15/13 7:16 P

I had to quit drinking alcohol (mostly wine) in order to lose weight. So many unnecessary, unhealthy calories ! Staying alcohol-free, I'm also more aware of what I'm eating. The weight came off quite quickly. Then I reached a plateau for 6 months when I started drinking again. Now I've been alcohol-free for over 30 days and lost 5 more pounds ! That's the key for me. Just drink water. No alcohol.

"Learn from me. . . . and you will find rest for your souls."
-- Jesus in Matthew 11:29
SIMONEKP Posts: 2,607
12/15/13 4:46 P

tracking and working out


"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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LADYREDCOMET SparkPoints: (58,575)
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12/15/13 12:07 P

Tracking my food is what worked for me. It helped me be more aware of what I was eating (very low quality foods) so I could make better food choices. Tracking was also a big help in terms of exercise. By tracking my workouts and my food intake, I could see when I wasn't eating enough to support my level of activity, so I didn't end up inadvertently sabotaging my progress.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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12/14/13 11:53 P

moderate carb consumption (around 100G/day)
real food
planning & preparation
lots of exercise
no excuses

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KELAN5 SparkPoints: (45,744)
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12/14/13 5:35 P

Great topic! Consistency (exercising and tracking everything I eat daily) and setting realistic goals are the most important factors.

All my life I have battled my weight-- I often thought that I can do anything BUT maintain a healthy weight without starving myself (which I refused to do after age 23). I was always good at limiting what I was eating (too much so when I was a child and teen), but I didn't learn the value of daily sustained daily exercise until last year. It has truly transformed my life! Making sure that every single morning I walk at a brisk but manageable pace is absolutely key. I have set realistic goals, too, and see this as my life rather than a diet. I started out in July 2012 walking 30 minutes at 2 miles per hour. I was sweaty by the time I finished-- severely out of shape-- but I could do it. I continued to move my pace up periodically and then I discovered the beauty of the incline (I could do that a bit more easily than walking faster). I am now at 2.9 MPH and a 5% incline. Nothing too drastic-- perhaps even slow for most people-- but it is working great for me! I am looking forward to stepping the pace up to 3.0-- a pace I was comfortable with 10 years ago-- in a month or so. I have lost 108 pounds since July 2012 and I'm feeling great!

Edited by: KELAN5 at: 12/14/2013 (17:36)
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12/13/13 8:43 P

Tracking and Exercising. Exercising also seems to help improve my mood.

FAITHP44 SparkPoints: (80,870)
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12/13/13 1:36 P

Tracking food has been the most important thing for me. Early on I had a few shocks about how many calories were in some of the 'healthy' food I was eating. Tracking does away with mindless eating for me.

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
KBEHNKE81 Posts: 5,219
12/13/13 10:14 A

Tracking my food and being aware of and honest about portion size have been the key for me.

2 Peter 3:9
DRLMAZ Posts: 2,547
12/13/13 6:52 A

Setting goals and reaching them

HADLEY123 SparkPoints: (22,437)
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12/12/13 4:58 P

1. Drinking my 8+ glasses of water every day. I never leave home without a big pint glass of ice water.
2. Getting plenty of sleep. I used to be so sleep-deprived and I didn't even realize it. I no longer sleep through the alarm.
3. Being more active. I'm not a huge fan of exercise but I have a lot more energy and stamina now. I can do more, so I do.

BAPSANN Posts: 1,448
12/12/13 3:07 P

Walking consistently and eating smaller portions.

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds
REBBLTX SparkPoints: (24,503)
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12/11/13 10:02 P

I use the menu plans provided by SP, but I eat more than three meals a day. For breakfast, I usually eat all that is recommended, but I may only eat 1/2-2/3 of the dinner plan. The remainder of that meal is what I eat if I'm hungry before dinner or as my snack. I still have some tweaks to work into it...more sleep, more water and more walking. I haven't gotten that part implemented

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (272,360)
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12/11/13 9:16 P

Knowing that I can do it without pills or surgery! Everything in moderation and if it is to be, it is in me!

Edited by: SUNSET09 at: 12/11/2013 (21:17)
FITTEREVERYDAY SparkPoints: (19,790)
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12/11/13 7:11 P

I just had to get my boredom eating under control. Now I'm managing to eat (and lose weight) by following my own hunger and fullness signals. I walk to get around (I'm a non-driver and live in an urban area) and am working on incorporating some more formal exercise into my days. I track my exercise only. I was already a fairly healthy eater, I just ate too much for the wrong reasons. I don't deny myself treats but to be honest I don't think about them that often!


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TCCAGLE Posts: 757
12/10/13 7:35 P

Would like to know what works for my fellow spark friends to help you succeed at your weight loss goals----For me--It is 5 small meals less than 300 calories a day--plenty of water, exercise, and planning and sticking to meals, and always tracking, and getting enough sleep, and eating plenty of fruits and veggies with protein,--

Just smiling goes a long way towards making you feel better about life--Your life will be better-With a optimistic, positive attitude towards life, the possibilities for your second prime are tremendous--
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