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LIFENPROGRESS
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First thing, First week: I tossed the sodas / carbonated beverages. I bought TWO huge trays of bottled water and haven't looked back! emoticon

“Enjoy losing weight. Enjoy eating healthy, delicious food. Do not wait until you reach your destination to feel good. Take as much happiness and joy as you can from your weight loss journey.”
~ Harry Papas ~

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Bevarage of choice to water - love, love, love, sweetened iced tea



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Got more exercise - - and that changed my Metabolism [faster burns more calories]. emoticon


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5/1/14 2:51 P

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portion size.



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What kind of food I ate and how much.

I'm not training for a competition. I'm not trying to set a new record. I'm not trying to impress you. I'm saving my life!


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5/1/14 2:08 P

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I stopped over-eating



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I started drinking more water.



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I started tracking and paying attention to intake first. Quickly followed with exercise.

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i found the times i didnt track was the times my weight stayed the same or upped -- if i tracked i lost and drank water


doing weight loss in 5% per month increments

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aiming for : lb losses


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4/3/14 10:43 A

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my attitude



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Definitely my thought process. But the first thing I did different was to add exercise to my daily routine.

"NO ONE CAN WALK BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE"



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My thinking/attitude. When I set out to do something I tend to be a perfectionist...I'm still learning to let that go because I WILL screw up sometimes. Sometimes I WILL FAIL to do my exercises or I WILL FAIL to eat perfectly right for the day...I have to accept that I'm human and slipping doesn't make me a failure.

You can scream, yell, shout, cry, whimper, grunt, bleed, puke and pass out. JUST DON'T QUIT!


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getting more exercise



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emoticon Tracking of course!

Celeste
Keep moving!




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My Eating :)

I Can Do All Things Through Christ!


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My ATTITUDE that I had to be perfect and that everything was all or nothing. I took little baby steps starting on October 15, 2013 and look where I am today!

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start today and make a new ending." ~ Maria Robinson


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Eliminate wheat in form of cereal ,bread ,muffins ,bagels etc for six weeks and notice the difference in body weight.



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DEERIKA
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3/27/14 1:29 P

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I changed the way I looked at my health, my body and the state of mind that I was in. I realized that I was more than the size on the back of my jeans, but that the amazing body I was given was not being able to be used at the 100 percent it could.



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Eating more fruits and vegetables

*Smooches*


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I had to start saying no to offers to eat out with co-workers, no to donuts, no to desserts they brought in and focus on what I could cook that was healthy and tasted good. I also had to find better snacks to have. I found a lot of recipes to help me lose weight in a cookbook called Fix It and Forget It Lightly. Crockpot recipes with lean meat and lots of veggies seasoned well. They gave me portion sizes to measure out, were filling and tasted good! Thats the first thing I changed and weight loss began to follow. emoticon



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SENI05
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3/20/14 9:44 P

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Eat more vegetables and fruits

Seni from Dayton OHIO

1. Stay Focus
2. Be Consistent
3. Stay Motivated


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3/20/14 11:47 A

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my hair



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Increased my intake of vegetables ,fruit and protein.



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Do not skip meals. Eat breakfast.

"One Meal at a Time"

"One Day at a Time."

"Smile through your fears and sorrows , Smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see the sun come shining through if you'll just Smile."

"Like sands through the hour glass, so are the " Days of our Lives."

"Because I'm Worth It!"

"Courage isn't always a lion's roar. It is sometimes the heart at the end of the day saying..... "I will try again tomorrow".









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SENI05
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3/19/14 11:56 A

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I started tracking emoticon

Seni from Dayton OHIO

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RACEWIFE
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3/19/14 10:38 A

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cut out sugar

Racewife



"No temptation has overtaken me but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who WILL NOT ALLOW ME TO BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT I AM ABLE; but with temptation will provide a way of escape also, that I may be able to endure it."

1 Corinthians 10:13


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MJEFFERSON23
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I started tracking!

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



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I cut out almost all processed foods, and I started eating under 1,500 calories a day.

"Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."-1 Peter 5:7


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The first two things that I did was 1) Consume more water and 2) Log my daily intake on the tracker. I must say that I was amazed at how many calories I was adding to my intake because of inappropriate portion sizes and "just a bite of this or that" during the day. Tracking EVERYTHING that went in my mouth was a true "eye opener".



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3/19/14 12:38 A

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I started working out



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my thinking from "being on a diet" to "making a lifestyle change"

Edited by: BETRHO48 at: 3/19/2014 (00:34)
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right."
~Henry Ford


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First thing I did was stop using those creamers and sugar for my coffee. I use one sweet n low packet now. I also stopped ordering soda when going out to eat, and we don't buy it here anymore!

Ms. Amber


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3/18/14 12:55 P

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The first thing I did was cut down my portion sizes. I didn't give up any foods, just cut down on how much or how often I would eat it. I wouldn't be happy if I couldn't eat cake, cookies and potato chips, but I can be happy eating less of them.

"I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process." - Thomas Edison





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I started eating oatmeal and a fruit to start my morning. I added raisins and strawberries with it and sometimes I just eat it plain with a banana. It felt lighter but it is filling trust me!

Seni from Dayton OHIO

1. Stay Focus
2. Be Consistent
3. Stay Motivated


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Started drinking 16oz of water first thing in the morning, and continuing to drink it throughout the day.

I also set a start date, so I had time to prepare - mentally, as well as my kitchen! I had a number of 'last meals' of things that I knew would be toxic in my new lifestyle/ways of eating.



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I rid my life of the negativity - including people who sought to pull me down and keep me where they were most happy having me. Good Riddance! Best thing I ever did for my health.



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I started exercising at least 30mins daily and have Sunday off to recuperate my body and then started all over again! I am loving it! emoticon

Seni from Dayton OHIO

1. Stay Focus
2. Be Consistent
3. Stay Motivated


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I started walking and doing some exercises.

"Staying Strong"


"Love"
Joycecain




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started by drinking water then more activity etc



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Consuming more water

Remember to take time to enjoy the journey!


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Definitely the mind set



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My thought process. I decided that I was going to undergo a lifestyle change and stick to it.
If I mess up one day, get back on track the next. I am going to be healthy.



I CAN do this ONE day at a time.


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started exercising

"NO ONE CAN WALK BACKWARDS INTO THE FUTURE"



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My attitude: I had to believe that I could pursue a new lifestyle and have much joy in doing so. The body follows where the mind leads.

"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy�4:7-8)

"Jesus answered, 'The most important [commandment] is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength'" (Mark 12:29-30).


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the first thing I changed was my mindset



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Cleaned out my cabinets of all sugar, white rice, prepared mixes, white flour, sweets, etc. Bought lots and lots of vegetables and fruit.

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



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The first thing I changed was portion control. I was. amazed at what I thought 1 portion was. In reality, it was more like 2 and a half servings. I have lost 19 lbs. since Jan. 1st, and am confident that I will reach goal and stay there. Thanks sparkpeople,!!!



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From being a couch potato to someone who exercised.

"Staying Strong"


"Love"
Joycecain




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I quit drinking diet soda.


Allie


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First things I changed were working out and drinking more water. Didn't want to change food too quickly just because every time I've done that I end up falling off the bandwagon... :/ So this slow process has worked really well for me!

Kay M. Swenson


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After my circumstances changed I had to tell myself that I no longer had to live in fear of where my next meal was comming from.

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My paradigm about food.

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Well besides the attitude :D my first change was cutting back on soda and drinking more water.

Call me Sandy. My goals are reaching and maintaining 120 pounds, running a 5K race and performing 48 push-ups in a minute.


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the first thing I changed was my attitude.

Central Time Zone
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I went from 210-120 in 16 months with SparkPeople!
In Maintenance since 8/11/09!! (backslid without internet but still within normal range!)

Lifetime Spirited Underdog!

I didn't "make it happen" the first time, I "made it happen" the last time!



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First thing I changed was to keep working out even if I hate it and didn't want to get up.



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I changed my desires. I had no motivation to change anything until I desired health and activity over over "easy". Once you would rather be healthier than eat that extra, yummy taco, all of the other necessary changes start falling into place.



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Getting used to drinking more water

"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn't nice, I don’t know what is.’” - Kurt Vonnegut


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i need to adjust my attitude about my eating and workout habits.

i gotta stick with my goal. i can see my way through this this and i will succeed.


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My attitude needed adjusting to the idea of not eating anything I wanted, once I got my head mind wrapped around that, it was forward moving.



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Trying to drink more water.



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I realized I didn't drink enough water. So in every room I have a bottle of water. In my car I have a bottle of water, sometimes 2, and at work in my locker... yep, water. Don't worry, I have reusable bottles so I also save the environment. With drinking more water, I am not as hungry as I thought I was. I even starting pushing my young kids to drink more water.

The other thing I promised was that I was going to still be able to eat the foods I loved, but in moderation. I know that if I can't have that piece of cake at a birthday party, I am already setting myself up for failure. If I want that 550 calorie McDouble for lunch I can't have fries, I get a salad with a water.

Money is tight in our house, but I put $10 aside for ME to have a membership at Planet Fitness. Thank GOODNESS there is a gym that doesn't kill your wallet! I am there 5 days a week doing something that causes a sweat, and I HATE to sweat. Working out around people motivates me and puts me in check to give my workout 100%. In my head, I feel like I am competing against people.





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I stopped eating the love of my life (Taco Bell) and have been eating more vegetables. So far so good!





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HOLLYM48
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2/17/14 5:36 P

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I stopped eating fast food

I can do it!!
Spark People are the best!


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SUSAN29NJ
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2/17/14 5:16 P

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I cut out all simple carbs (flour, sugar, rice, potatoes, pasta, etc.) from my diet.



DANCINJUD
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2/17/14 3:38 P

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I drink a cup of hot water with a lemon slice before each breakfast.
I eat oatmeal on Mondays and Thursdays.
I eat 1/2 banana every breakfast
1 cut coffee to one cup.
Next up: Alterations to gym schedule to include cardio or try increased cardio using Spark videos.



EDYTHEH
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2/14/14 11:50 A

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I was amazed at how much sodium I was consuming. I am more careful about the nutrition values of the food I eat and especially careful of the amount of sodium so I can pick the lowest amount.



CAMEOSUN
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2/13/14 8:09 P

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My diet was changed first. Cut out the unnecessary junk.


~ Do what good you can, and go in peace ~



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DANYLEIN
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2/13/14 9:56 A

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My attitude!



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SWEETCALA1962
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2/13/14 9:53 A

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to eat healthier and 2 exercise more



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NANCYPAT1
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2/13/14 8:32 A

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I have done so many FIRST things, it is hard to know what to write down - I have lost a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight a number of times and each time something different was the FIRST thing I changed - since I have been working on my weight for at LEAST 50 years, often some of those FIRST THINGS stuck and even when I regained my weight, I still did them so I needed a NEW FIRST THING because a lot of the FIRST THINGS were now part of my life. Water, avoiding processed foods, watching fiber content (choosing higher fiber instead of lower fiber), watching white foods (especially white flour, bread, sugar, rice, etc.), another time it was to focus on exercise, and now my first thing is simply to change my entire attitude about weight and weight loss and to focus on HEALTH rather than WEIGHT. All of those FIRST THINGS are PART OF MY NEW ATTITUDE but none alone works and none alone succeeded in keeping the weight off.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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BETRHO48
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2/13/14 1:31 A

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attitude

"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right."
~Henry Ford


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WATSON595
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2/12/14 11:59 P

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Step One was to quit smoking.
Step Two is to eat healthier.
Step Three become a consistent exerciser.

Still working on Step Two & Step Three....

Just thankful I don't smoke anymore.

Completed 2-Chicago Marathons, 4-Rock N Roll Half Marathons, 1-Monster Dash Half Marathon, 2-Soldier Field 10 Milers, 2-Shamrock Shuffles & multiple 5K & 10K races.


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BANKER-CHUCK
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2/7/14 12:04 P

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My nutritional habits. Eliminated several foods from my menu and added healthier choices.

Chuck

1/1/10 Start Wht 279 lbs
12/1/114 Goal 190

**Maintain** "OR" set new Goal! 170's maybe??


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PENNYSAVER2
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2/7/14 11:41 A

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I joined a support group and decided to stop eating cookies and chocolate.


I CAN do this ONE day at a time.


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2/7/14 6:22 A

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my attitude



2002SPRINGER
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2/6/14 3:39 P

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The first thing I did this year was quit smoking. It's been 7 weeks now smoke free. Next is to start eating healthier which I have done by drinking water. I didn't realize I wasn't drinking a drop!

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.
Robert Collier


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