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Secrets of the top 5% A spark people article. Stolen by me :)

An ode to my dearest friends....

5% of people who have lost weight and actually kept it off for the long-term.

What about the other 95% of us who have struggled with weight loss and continue to do so? Are we doomed to a life of frustration and failure, with no promise of good health in sight?

Of course not! At SparkPeople, I’ve witnessed a lot of these 5%ers in action. I wondered, what do they do differently than the rest of us? After a non-scientific review, I was able to boil it down to a handful of key strategies and tactics that are pretty common among people who succeed. For the first time, their secret is out. The doors are blown off. Join me in exploring these secrets and use them in your own life. Pretty soon, you can be part of this group too.

The 5%…

1. …Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success. Keeping a Community Journal or blog is a non-threatening, productive way to make your goals public.

2. …Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they’re all part of the 5% strategy of knowing what’s going on and preventing setbacks. This crowd doesn’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident. Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Planners play key roles in this strategy.

3. …Enjoy Themselves. There’s a reason that a healthy lifestyle sticks around for this small minority. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives.

4. …Make Gradual Changes. The 5% know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. Too much too soon is like moving to a new country and expecting to adopt the new culture and language in a week. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time.

5. …Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their weight loss journey. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success. With this outlook, and using lessons learned along the way, they kept these setbacks from turning into full-fledged disasters.

Thanks to all my friends, for walking along with me!

Member Since: 1/5/2008

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My goal on this adventure is to keep feeling alive. To keep feeling that rush of energy and freedom from laziness. But to also recognize that I am human, and that I need to love myself through thick and thin. ;)

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I am Lisa, and I live in Wisconsin. We're a homeschooling family.
I am a book reader(but mostly only in the winter), I love camping (I take the kids once or twice a month in the summer) and the outdoors in general. If its nice, I am outside. I love outdoor fitness..biking, hiking, skiing, swimming...you name it I'll try it... not jumping from airplanes or buildings though. lol!

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    Hey Luv!! How you doin? Just wanted to sprinkle some CHEERS you way and see what's FABULOUS with you! Haven't heard from ya so here I am. . . . Checkn' up on ya and makin' sure your making this APRIL count . . . cause girlfriend you know I am! Okay, can I get 3x snaps with a ¸.·´¸.·´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ .·´ ¸¸.·¨¯`-:¦: TWIST!! LOL.

    Yes honey, I have been kickn' some major butt this 2009. I ain't messin' around shooot. I am so pround of myself I kicked another 10 pounds to the curb in MARCH and ready to do it again this APRIL.. I am all about SPRINGING into APRIL and gettin' that FABULICIOUS STATUS! I just wanted to spread some of my SPARK and hope you'll do the same. Let me know what's FAB with you.

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    *Support, Hugs & Love
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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ . Taumaia~

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    3274 days ago
    Stop by and see me sometime! Hopping over to say HAPPY SPRING!!!!
    3290 days ago
    I'm Stopping by to see how your NROL4W was going
    3321 days ago
    Hey Lisa - just checkin' in to make sure you're still alive. How's school? You takin' care of yourself the way you should be? Drop me a line when you have a few minutes.


    3340 days ago
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    Just stopping by to say hi!
    3345 days ago
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