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LOVINTHESPARK
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SparkPeople!! Tracking my calorie intake, and working out on a regular basis. I have a calendar hanging in my fitness/toy room that I put a sticker on each day that I work out and feel great when I see all the stickers. :) Find what works for you! I will plan my meals/snacks the night before so I know exactly how many calories I am eating, and how many more fruits/veggies I can fit in.



"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't look around once in awhile, you could miss it" ~ Ferris Bueller's Day Off


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Tracking my food and planning ahead by making my meals for the week on the weekend.

Lenore (Vancouver, Canada)

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I think that before anything, you have to REALLY want to reach your goals. The you've got to keep yourself motivated to get there. I put some motivation techniques together that have been amazingly helpful along the way:

fitnessfound.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/top-
5-motivation-tactics-i-brought-to-the-
new-year/


Check out my Website and Blog for a complete guide to finding the Fit Life: Diet, Exercise, Inspiration and some of my best tips and tricks.

Fitness Found:
findingyourfitplace.com/


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Overall I think that the food tracking has been a real assist. I still do it on a daily basis trying to be as accurate as possible. I do mess up at times but I also find if I'm fairly consistent with what I eat without getting too boring it is easier to stay on track. I eat three meals a day with nuts or fruits in between as snacks. My breakfast is usually the largest meal of the day followed by lunch with supper being the lowest in calorie. Usually a protein and vegetable or garden salad of my liking. I eat no processed foods and do not eat "White" foods. I try to stick to the mantra; "If it doesn't grow from the ground or is not cut from the bone" don't eat it. I try to eat as many whole foods as possible.

MOTIVATION for me comes in the form of resources like Spark People web site. However this is not my sole motivator. I constantly listen to health and fitness podcasts like the Jillian Micheal's Radio Podcast Show, Spark People Radio, Running Academy, GetFitGuy, Cut The Fat Radio and others. I have also incorporated listening to some inspiration running or fitness audio books into my commute in the morning.

Somewhere between the time my dad passed away last January from a stealth bomb heart attack and October of last year something clicked in my head and I said NO MORE!
I think my wife may think I'm obsessed with my methods for my journey to weight loss and healthy living, but its what it takes to keep me motivated and moving forward.



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Tracking my food everyday
Practicing portion control
Exercising



I CAN do this ONE day at a time.


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Can you tell me a few things that work for you because I am always looking for new ways to stay motivated and move?



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The Fit Rules I've learned to Live By: fitnessfound.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/fit-
rules-i-live-by/


In the past 6 months I have completely transformed my body by transforming my MIND. Looking back, I summarized the 10 "Rules" that got me there so that I could SHARE THEM and hopefully help other people reach their own fitness goals :)

Check out my Website and Blog for a complete guide to finding the Fit Life: Diet, Exercise, Inspiration and some of my best tips and tricks.

Fitness Found:
findingyourfitplace.com/


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I love to track my fitness minutes, makes me feel successful. however, I really struggle to track every meal, I just can't get on the computer that many times a day and after work is seriously nuts at my house with kids and sports and trying to get the workout in. anybody else super motivated to exercise but not so motivated to track food or plan meals in advance? I need help with that.



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My Circuit training classes…45mins of pure sweat!


One of the hardest decisions you'll make in life is whether to walk away or continue to try harder.

It's a fact Jack!


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Getting 35 minutes of exercise per day and eating whole foods in the right portion sizes. A friend once told me, when you eat the right things you don't have to count calories, and that's been working for me for maintenance.



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tracking my calories and fitness helps.



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Fitness: I signed up to volunteer at 4 running events this year and paid for one. Now I am accountable. Also, I love lifting weights.

Food: Preparing things ahead of time. Also, tracking before I eat so I know how many calories it will be and I won't eat more than that amount because I have already tracked it. I make soups, chili, and tuna salad ahead of time. Another thing I sometimes do is cook chicken in a crockpot with seasoning until its falling apart, measure it out, and put 3 ounce servings in ziploc bags so that I have a little bit of chicken ready for whatever I want to make.

Motivation: Friends, family, people that inspire me, and knowing I have events to train for!

Thinking happy thoughts


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Making my meals for the week ahead of time on the weekend. Packing my lunches and snacks to take to work in individual containers so I can just grab them out of the fridge first thing in the morning.

Tracking! Everything falls apart quickly when I don't track my food.

And Strength Traning. It doesn't make any dramatic changes on the scale, but it sure does on the waistline!


Edited by: JMOUSE99 at: 1/8/2014 (12:24)
Lenore (Vancouver, Canada)

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Shared pain is lessened. Shared joy is increased. Thus we refute entropy.
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Tracking everything and following my doctor's suggestions.



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MI-ELLKAYBEE
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If I'm up even one pound from the prior day, I watch everything and cut back a little. It's easy to lose one pound if you don't let it become an actual part of you. I've been maintaining for over 15 months and this works for me

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you”
(Matthew 7:7, NLT)


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PEACEFULONE
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I do best when there are no tempting junk foods in the house. Right now some Christmas candy gifts are tempting me. But they are far enough away that I will go to bed without.

"People will forget what you said, forget what you did perhaps, but people will never forget how you made them feel."


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I think for me, it is a lot of small things. Working out is best done first thing in the morning for example. I still will probably workout later in the day, but there are more reasons that might make it impossible as the day goes on. If I get it over with first thing, it's done and out of the way. Eating smaller meals/snacks all day works best for me, but tracking it is HUGE. If I go over or under in something I can either make up for it before the day it out or know I have to be more mindful of it the following day. I don't worry so much at going over calories, etc 1 day, but I want my overall week to be within the guidelines.



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LIFEINOSAGE
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The biggest thing for me is accountability; logging everything for the world to see whether good or bad, I live my life like an open book...

Life is like a camera, just focus on what's important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, take another shot.


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For me ~ accepting powerlessness becomes empowering !

When we change the way we see things;the things we see change!


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For me, this journey is all about learning to live the way I want to live when I am no longer losing weight, but maintaining. That means being active, lots of water, planning my meals, allowing for treats now and then and accepting with grace when I've not been 100% consistent. I believe this is "real life" and in 20 plus years of either being "on" or "off" a diet, I've never kept the weight off for any length of time and never succeeded getting to a goal. This time is different, and I am celebrating the journey as I go instead of dreaming for the finish line.



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I keep the junk foods out of the house and buy healthy choices for meals and snacks. I used to play the game of " Oh, I can control myself and eat only 1 doughnut, handful of chips, scoop of ice cream", etc. Usually that 1 doughnut turned into 6 by the end of the day and all that was left was guilt and remorse.

"Change does not happen immediately, but it will happen eventually." Fr. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.

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Being accountable for what I eat, drink and my work out time! emoticon



 
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Planning ahead is key for me. I plan and shop for two weeks' worth of menus at a time. I also do as much prep as I can ahead of time, by chopping veggies, mixing up spices and sauces, freezing meals to throw in the crock pot, etc. Every time I've backslid it has been because I bought groceries without a plan.



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Planning my meals for the day the night before, reviewing my motivation board before I eat and weighing and measuring as much as possible



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SHERYLDS
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tracking my nutrition.
Aiming for at least 5 veggies and 2 fruits a day And cutting way way back on starches.


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tracking calories and activity. having a goal such as running a race, and reading health information



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I agree. Tracking seems to help.

Be better today than you were yesterday. Be better tomorrow than you were today!


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Tracking, tracking my food and fitness, reading the information on this site. I had a Heart transplant on 12-1-13. I have been home for going on 3 weeks, and lost 3 lbs. so far. Staying motivated is not a problem.

Thanks SparkPeople



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Following my food plan (I follow the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution by Marla Heller), exercising faithfully (it's my foundational habit -- the one I build my whole program around), and keeping active here on SP.



~Jennie ~

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
-- J. London

Started DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (book by Marla Heller, M.S., R.D.) on 3/8/2013.
Lost 40 lbs total and reached goal weight on 10/23/2013. Practicing maintenance (through setbacks) with commitment and enthusiasm!


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URGETTINTHIN
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Walking (spiritually and physically) can't lose with that combo!

Exercising is non-negotiable & consistency is the key to our success!
JeanRay


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PRESBESS
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1. Including God in my journey,
2. tracking everything I eat,
3. remaining committed and engaged in the process,
4. not depriving myself of the things I like to eat, and
5. no negative talking about myself and this journey


Maintaining... it's what I do.


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Prayer and making myself do things even if I do not feel like it.

Trust in the Lord


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Keeping my hands busy with other things



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What a good reminder!
Yes, I need to return to reading the Bible and praying. I know that's the link that I am missing these days.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.


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Agree

"aloha kekahi i kekahi" - love one another


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As Mi-EllKayBee said:

"NOTHING tastes as good as being thin feels! "

Amen!

Do this with god, or not, but if you walk (with or without god) you're more likely to get there and will get there faster.

Lee

Lee

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May the fork (and tracker) be with you!


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I am training myself to turn to God, rather than food, for comfort. As a stress-eater, I would eat when upset, overworked, tired, etc. Now, I try to read the Bible, pray, listen to Bible or Christian music cds, do a good deed for someone, etc. I've lost over 45 pounds since April 2013. I'm enjoying Sparkpeople as I work to lose those last 20 pounds. When I keep my focus on God first, it's much easier to find the motivation and time to eat healthier and exercise.



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Approaching each day with a good frame of mind, knowing that whatever the day holds for me, I can get through it. Hiking is my stress relief and it motivates me to do my best to be successful in my healthy endeavors. I want to be able to continue to hike and I know at my age, the body sometimes says "no more". I'm not going to let that happen. It's going to be a good year and I'm already planning three outdoor vacations that will be centered around hikes. My wife and I share the same excitement about the outdoors and that's great motivation as well. ....... Hope everyone has a great 2014 and stay safe and healthy.

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NOTHING tastes as good as being thin feels!

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you”
(Matthew 7:7, NLT)


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high fiber



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a skip day--one day a week to eat foods I avoid the rest of the time

my SparkPeople activity tracker

eliminating empty calorie foods and focusing on foods high in nutrition

getting enough fiber

eating a high protein breakfast





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Taking time for myself regularly.... focusing on reducing stress.... not setting myself up for failures by obsessing over my weight but rather focusing on being healthy, strong, and fit.... remembering that it's okay to slip up once in awhile; the important thing is remembering what I'm aiming for and, more importantly, why I'm aiming for it.... celebrating small successes... being flexible enough to adjust my plan when it's required...

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.--Lao Tzu

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food journaling



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Taking one day at a time. Tracking my food, exercise and water.



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Daily weigh ins keep me on the right track-

Final weight goal of 140 pounds & maintain my fitness with excellent blood sugar management.


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Success! OK, I have put on 2.5 of the 8 kilos I shed this year, when i went below my original goal of 57. Have revised it down to 55, and am back at 57, aiming to get down to 55 by Easter and CONTROL weight gain when on calorific holidays!

Enjoy life! The scales are an aid, not the be all and end all!

Burn cals exercising. My aim is at least 150 cals a day, except on non cardio days. I am achieving it, but have put myself out of action by overexercising 3 times this year.
Listen to my body, both re exercise and re hunger. I track everything and try to keep myself satisfied on a reasonable amount of cals, but prefer to stay satisfied rather than limit cals strictly.

Encouraging group on daily check in group at Losers Keepers team.

My dogs. They get me out for enjoyable low impact cardio.

January Jumpstart. Started it a year ago and it really got me exercising and losing weight faster than I had planned and reaching my goal months earlier than estimated.

Spark coach, particularly mail a coach feature. My years subscription is about to expire. I have done all their programmes and no longer gain much from repeating. I am undecided whether to continue to subscribe to programme at full price just for the mail a coach feature. Maynwait till either I have a problem I cant solve or till a reduced price offer appears.



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being encouraged and feeling desired



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Staying focused

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Daily weigh-in works for me, too.

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

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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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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!



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Planning my meals and tracking food and fitness every day!

~Jennie ~

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
-- J. London

Started DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (book by Marla Heller, M.S., R.D.) on 3/8/2013.
Lost 40 lbs total and reached goal weight on 10/23/2013. Practicing maintenance (through setbacks) with commitment and enthusiasm!


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CRAMOMMY
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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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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.

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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.



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visualization

Counting my blessings or at least trying to! :-)


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

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Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made. -- Wayne Dyer


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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!


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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.



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



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

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

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds


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

The only "diet" that works is consistency!

NTAGABSF!



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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.



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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


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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!!


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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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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.

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SUSAN727
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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.

Susan

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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.



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



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

Evelyn co- captain of Azure Destinations, (and living in London UK!)

My stomach is not the alternative to the dustbin!

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Your Superpower is Paranormal

Your Weakness is Stuttering

Your Weapon is Your Stellar Neutralizer

Your Mode of Transportation is Chariot



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MBRANSON
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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.



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MCCC75
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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


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33134JM
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TRACKING!



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Walking--it whittles the pounds away.

Exercising is non-negotiable & consistency is the key to our success!
JeanRay


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CARRIENIGN
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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


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DRKYASHI
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Tracking my nutritional intake.emoticon

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∾Oprah Winfrey


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IMREITE
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Variation and recording what i do.



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Tracking and working out, vitamins also.

Texas

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.
-Clara Barton


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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!


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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.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. " Phil. 4:13

"Learn from me . . . and you will find rest for your souls." JESUS in Matthew 11:29

"Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God." PAUL in l Cor. 10:31


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tracking and working out

Simone

"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
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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.



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AZULVIOLETA6
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moderate carb consumption (around 100G/day)
real food
planning & preparation
lots of exercise
no excuses

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, ballroom rumba


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KELAN5
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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)
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"-Gandhi


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



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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.



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

**Kathleen
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Setting goals and reaching them



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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.



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BAPSANN
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Walking consistently and eating smaller portions.

All things are possible if you only believe, even losing 15 pounds


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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 yet...lol.



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Knowing that I can do it without pills or surgery! Everything in moderation and if it is to be, it is in me!
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Edited by: SUNSET09 at: 12/11/2013 (21:17)

 
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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!


~Kelly~

"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

Time to stop trying to solve things with food (lack of included) that food won't solve. Food solves one thing: bodily hunger.



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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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