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Seven Plagiarized Tips for a Sparky Newbie - What Would You Add?

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

One of my favorite and most motivational Spark-friends (all 225ish of you do motivate me - make no mistake!) is TIMOTHYNOHE. He and I belong to several mutual Spark teams, including "Men, You are Not Alone." (Yes indeedy, 4% of all Sparkies are hampered by the y-chromosome. )

A newbie in that group posted that he is new both to weight loss in general and to Sparkpeople, specifically. The newbie has a lot of weight to lose, and thus reflects the circumstance of many of us when we joined here. Some of us, myself included, still are there.

Tim offered the following constructive advice, which I have modified ever so slightly (if one cites a reference, it's not plagiarism, right?!?). My editorial remarks are parenthetical:

1. As you start to take off the weight, you will be amazed at how many things gradually improve for you. Your joints will thank you, your heart will thank you....

2. If you go into this with the mindset of "I need to lose 100 pounds (or 200 or 225) and I need to do it by this time next year." I can almost guarantee you won't. Then you will become discouraged and quit. Do not do that.

3. Your first goal should be 5% (of your starting weight.) Shoot for that first. Then go for 10%, etc.

4. Change your eating habits. It is a must. Track every morsel... (I treat the nutrition tracker here as though it is the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. No soup for me until it first is tracked!).

5. Move. Your goal should be 30 minutes a day of exercise. Exercise more if possible, but anything is good. Do you watch TV? Get out of the chair and maybe walk in-place for 10 minutes. Doing 10 minutes three times a day get in your 30. My first exercise was 10 minutes around the block and I was exhausted. The trick was to do it tomorrow and the next day. By the time winter arrived, I was walking for an hour a day. Then I hit the treadmill...

6. Seek the support of people who are losing weight too (which is easily done by exploring the social side of Sparkpeople).

7. New habits are a must. For me tracking (food and fitness) is one such habit. Every meal I write down what I have consumed. Exercise is a habit for me now. If I don't get it I miss it.

8. (This one is mine. Many of you have gotten it in response to your blogs on the recurrent theme of "Oh My God, What Have I done? I fell of the wagon and today I ate a whole pound/loaf/bag of [insert high-calorie guilty pleasure here]." My tip also has been plagiarized - not from Tim but from Dr. Seuss. "Today was fun. Today is done. Tomorrow is another one." This translates to no self-flagellation, no remorse, no regrets, just relentless dedication beginning again right now. )

Remember, if losing weight and becoming correspondingly healthier were easy, anyone could do it and all of us would have by now. We're on this Caravan together (see my Feb 5th blog!).

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VBA2009 1/23/2013 1:09PM

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STINASTEW 6/28/2012 11:57AM

    Very true & good advice! :)

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GAMERCHEF 5/28/2012 1:44PM

    This was a great blog to read here on my first full day of being on SparkPeople. Thanks!

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JERSEYGIRL24 5/19/2012 9:34PM

    I just saw this. Great advice and great blog!!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/17/2012 9:13PM

    Very well done, love your blog! emoticon

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BLACK741 5/14/2012 10:51AM

    thanks nice tips for newbies or those that have fallen and are getting up and starting again!

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SEAGIRLRUN 5/9/2012 1:04PM

    Great post! Welcome and keep up the good work!

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LOGOULD 5/6/2012 10:22PM

    Words of wisdom! Thanks for the reminders!

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JUDYAASH 5/6/2012 10:23AM

    Great blog! Great tips. emoticon

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MARYM1962 5/4/2012 10:36AM

  good reminders - thank you for putting them out there for me to find!

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1STICKBLUES 5/3/2012 1:00PM

    #8 is awesome (all were great)! an excellent reminder of how easy it is to move forward after making a mistake.

Thanks for the great share!

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CALI1156 5/2/2012 12:25PM

    Good reminders for all of us in this! New or not! Thanks for this great post!

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BROCKJUL 5/2/2012 9:54AM

    Simple -yet effective! Awesome-thank you!
Julie

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TERRIJ7 5/1/2012 11:24PM

    Great blog! thanks for putting this together.

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SANDIBETTS1 5/1/2012 10:41PM

  Wonderful tips--Thank you so much.

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2BETHINR 5/1/2012 7:12PM

  Thanks SO much! As a newbie I appreciate the advice more than you know! emoticon

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LIVINTODAY 5/1/2012 11:35AM

    I would add one tip:

BE BRAVE! Try new things, especially new foods. Some things you will only try once and discard but if you keep trying new foods and new ways to move and have fun, you will find things you love. When you have found food and activities you love, it is easier to change habits.

What a great blog!! I'm definitely NOT a Newbie but I needed these reminders. It is going on my refrigerator!
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P.S. I'm also plagiarizing it to send to my TOPS club members! Thanks!

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ANGELICSOUL64 5/1/2012 10:41AM

    I likey! emoticon

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NATARSHAD 5/1/2012 9:32AM

    Great tips!

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WALLINMW 5/1/2012 8:52AM

  Winning the battle against cancer!

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MARCH_ 5/1/2012 8:00AM

    Expecting perfection on this trip is just plain otherworldly.
Love the tips!

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ALASKAN 4/30/2012 11:50PM

    Good advice, good article and thank you for sharing your views emoticon and emoticon emoticon and taking 1 day at a time anyone can do it with their mind being focused and have positive thoughts helps a lot too

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MAWRTIAN 4/30/2012 9:59PM

    Go O's!!!

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DAMIENNA 4/30/2012 9:35PM

    Thanks for the tips!

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XXEDRA 4/30/2012 9:29PM

    This is great, thank you!

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REENIE131 4/30/2012 9:26PM

    Great tips! A nice reminder even for non-newbies.

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CAPECODBABE 4/30/2012 8:37PM

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KRISTEN_SAYS 4/30/2012 8:23PM

    All so very true! Love that Dr. Seuss quote

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LANNIEMANUEL 4/30/2012 7:41PM

    great. loved it.

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LADYAFTERGOD 4/30/2012 7:06PM

    Great advice!!! Thanks.
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PETESKI24 4/30/2012 6:20PM

    Great advice

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TERRIPAL1 4/30/2012 6:12PM

    Thanks nice blog enjoyed the tips!

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EXERTIGER 4/30/2012 6:04PM

    I wish there were more men on spark. I really appreciate the male point of view and it's great to know that women aren't the only ones who have to watch our weight.

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46SHADOW 4/30/2012 5:46PM

    love the dr.suess quote. I"ve tried to live it but never heard it put so succinctly.


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MIRANDA2112 4/30/2012 5:21PM

  Great advice to keep in mind even when you think you 'know it all'.

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 4/30/2012 5:19PM

    Also it's great that there is such a strong support team for the men here. :)


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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 4/30/2012 5:19PM

    I love them all, especially "Today was fun. Today is done. Tomorrow is another one!"

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RETURNTOTHIN 4/30/2012 4:58PM

    I agree wholeheartedly with the Nutrition Tracker. But I didn't purposely exercise for 3 months and then I started for 10 min at a time..... I need to get one thing right, then move to another.... :o)


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BEECHNUT13 4/30/2012 4:05PM

    Too much of my fun includes wine lately... ;)

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TIFFY0906 4/30/2012 3:33PM

    emoticon tips

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XTRACATE 4/30/2012 3:23PM

    That was terrific great tips one and all

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DKTURNER3 4/30/2012 3:18PM

  You can never go wrong quoting Dr Suess. Thank you for these wise words.

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SALSGIVERL 4/30/2012 2:15PM

    Very good advice

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 4/30/2012 2:09PM

    I love that "Today was fun. Today is done. Tomorrow is another one." and I'm going to use that with my friends who step off and make mistakes, too.. and for myself, too.


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JEAN15PAUL 4/30/2012 1:51PM

    Very good advice...

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MOUNTAINGIRL41 4/30/2012 1:47PM

  Great tips for this Newbie!! Thanks!

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