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Good Reminders from Coach Nicole

Saturday, August 03, 2013

I read her article again this morning here:


Bad Habit #1: Going "on a diet" in the first place.
Bad Habit #2: Overhauling your eating habits overnight.
Bad Habit #3: Giving up certain foods altogether.
Bad Habit #4 Only caring about calories.
Bad Habit #5: Focusing on the scale.
Bad Habit #6: Only dieting and not exercising.*
Bad Habit #7: Trying to eat as little as possible.
Bad Habit #8: Giving up too easily.
Bad Habit #9: Confusing "healthy" with "low-calorie."
Bad Habit #10: Unrealistic expectations.

This is something we should all read and re-read at least every few months as a checklist of whether we have our heads on straight about our progress and our wellness. One of the better SparkPeople articles out there!

* The corollary to this is "Expecting exercise to compensate for a poor diet". No, you can't eat that thing that's not on your eating plan because you'll just jog an extra 15 minutes later today. Once in a while that might fly, but people tend to take that occasional "oops" and turn it into an approved habit. Weight control is 80% diet and 20% activity. Focus on the important part first.

Thanks, Coach!

EDIT: This other article, however, is complete crap:

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    Love reading your blogs you are so special for me since you are going for a lifestyle change not just a diet...which is what I dream of and need to understand it only happens one day at a time and not overnight.

    Since I am still in the throes of my crazy with starches, sugars can you share with me how you successfully got there?

    Any tips or advice will be appreciated.

    My South Beach Phase 1 is still not perfect though I am putting more work into it so it can be more like a lifestyle that I don't feel deprived on but am doing my body a favor getting it back on track.

    Any advice will be appreciate since I know how hard you work to get to a place where you are not only following a healthy lifestyle food wise but in other ways too.

    1656 days ago
    You are so right! There are so many things to think about when you start a weight loss journey, but if you are a numbers gal...then diet is the place to start! I have started with my focus on food, but knew hat exercise had to be part of the plan if I really want to change...and so far, it is all working! I will always struggle with the "stay motivated no matter what" advice though! If that wasn't a problem for most people, think of how productive and amazing we would all be!
    1656 days ago
    One of the things that has stuck with me is the statement "No amount of exercise makes up for a crappy diet".
    1660 days ago
    The first point on the second article, "Stay Motivated No Matter What." That's not even humanly possible! Motivation waxes and wanes. If you try to live up to that sort of perfectionist thinking you are doomed to failure!

    I love Coach Nicole, though.

    I wish SP was more friendly to the low carb world...their "experts" never seem to support the idea of low carb.
    1661 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    1663 days ago
    Yeah, that second article is pretty useless!
    1664 days ago
  • PATJ7084
    makes sense emoticon
    1665 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    1665 days ago
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