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3/31/12 9:46 P

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Aloha and welcome!

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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" -Plato

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October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Stephen Dolley "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse"


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3/30/12 10:59 P

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Hello and welcome to the team. I started walking and walking as much as I can, I walk on my break and at lunch and then on Saturdays I walk alot. You can do this.
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3/28/12 8:57 A

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Thanks everyone for the great advice. I will try to be realistic with my goals and not beat myself up.

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3/28/12 12:10 A

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emoticon to the team - I guess my best advice is to set small goals and don't try to change everything at once or make BIG changes - it will stay with you much better if you ease into the new lifestyle slowly. Good luck!
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3/27/12 9:26 P

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3/27/12 7:25 P

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My best advice is to use the nutrition tracker and track those exercises each day. When you see it in writing, you'll be amazed at the progress you have made! When I first started SP, I thought I did good on calories and thought I just HAD to have walked 100000000000 steps a day!! LOL It was a HUGE surprise to be hit in the face with a 3000 calorie-filled day and no more than 3000 steps either. That's what woke me up.

Good luck and remember to join us daily.

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3/27/12 2:28 P

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Welcome Marian! Tiffany had some great advice. I would also suggest using the nutrition and fitness tracker to help you see progress.

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3/27/12 11:00 A

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Thanks Tiffany, this is great advice. I like the idea of smaller goals and may adopt your thinking of just ending the month stronger than starting it.

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3/27/12 10:52 A

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Hi Marian! Welcome to Sparkpeople and the 10k Steps a Day Team!

My first piece of advice is to stop using the word "diet". In my experience, "diets" don't work. In my opinion, "diets" mean depriving yourself of your favorite foods to lose weight quickly. Plus, who wants to do something that has the word "die" in it?! Sparkpeople has really taught me a lot about changing my lifestyle. I still eat pizza, chocolate, cookies, and chips - but I now eat smaller portions of them. I no longer beat myself up when I have a bad day (ok, well, I do sometimes beat myself up, but I get over it quicker and get back on track!).

I would start by making small changes in your daily life. Drink 1 or 2 more cups of water than you normally do. Take a 10 minute walk during lunch instead of sitting at your desk. I have found that if I start out with these HUGE plans, I tend to fail. But if I make small plans, it's easier to meet my goal and then I'm more motivated to do more!

As for weight loss, I have also made small goals for myself there too. I "officially" weigh myself at the end of every month. My goal is to weigh less as the end of the month than I did at the beginning of the month. That way if I lose even a 1/2 pound, I still met my goal!

Best of luck to you and feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions or need any help!

Tiffany

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3/27/12 10:49 A

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Thanks, I am looking forward to being a part of your team. I think it helps to have teammates to help you get moving.

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3/27/12 10:39 A

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Welcome to the team!

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3/27/12 10:36 A

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Hi everyone, I am Marian and am new to Spark People and have been back on the diet train for several months with limited results. I started walking again and bought a Fitbit to track my steps and mileage. I have been trying to get the 10K steps in daily but I work in an office at a desk all day long and often do not get home until after dark which makes this a challenge sometimes.

Any advise you can offer is greatly appreciated.

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