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REDOLOU
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3/3/11 10:35 P

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Using the nutrition tracker has shown me how much salt I am consuming too! I couldn't believe it. I have not had a salt shaker available in my house in 15 years but the processed food I consume is where all that salt hides out. That is why I wanted to join this challenge. I am in awe of all of you. The support and positive comments are so different from other programs I have tried. emoticon


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REDOLOU
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3/3/11 10:34 P

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Using the nutrition tracker has shown me how much salt I am consuming too! I couldn't believe it. I have not had a salt shaker available in my house in 15 years but the processed food I consume is where all that salt hides out. That is why I wanted to join this challenge. I am in awe of all of you. The support and positive comments are so different from other programs I have tried. emoticon


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AARONSGIRL420
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3/3/11 9:58 A

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My biggest vice was, and still is SALT. I noticed that cutting down on it gradually helped me a lot. I agree with other suggestions to only pick one thing and work on that and then once you feel you have a decent handle on it to build on that.

Realizing that obstacles will happen and setbacks may come is also a big thing for me. I always thought that I alone could overcome everything, but I could not do everything alone. I reached out and got tremendous support.

Read blogs and articles, that helps me a lot. The biggest thing for me right now is to go slow and not to push myself harder than what my body is comfortable with (I'm an over achiever). So, listen to your body and if you need help, we are here.


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PATJOHNS1
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3/3/11 9:56 A

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What helped me was joining a Just Say No challenge. Say no to something that tempts you. Do this 3 times a day, every day. This is the only way I was able to get below 200 lbs.

The first step in getting somewhere is by deciding not to stay where you're at.


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BET212
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3/2/11 10:49 P

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I agree with picking one or two things to work on at a time. It could be drinking your 8x8 glasses of water eating 3 to 5 servings of fruits and veggies or eating at home for x number of days out of the week. Or maybe doing 3 30 minute workouts for the week. Whatever is important to you, pick that and commit to it in writing if you can....either blog or in a journal or come tell us about it here. emoticon


This site can be overwhelming. What helped me was to go down the list of My Sparkpoints and doing what I could on the list. I could focus on whatever looked like it could help me to stay on track that day. You can do this!

Brandyn--San Antonio, Tx

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” A. A. Milne


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3/2/11 7:08 P

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Welcome! When I joined in October, I was so confused and overwhelmed that I went away without starting and gained more weight over the holidays. I returned in January ready to commit. Take your time learning to use all the tools. The most important tools to start with right away are tracking your nutrition & fitness every day and drink more water and watch portion sizes. Do not focus on total wgt to lose but set small weekly or monthly goals and reward yourself. SP is totally about support, encouragement & motivation but that does not come automatically when you join. The only way to give and get them is by posting messages and staying in contact with your team members often. I reply to my messages every day. I know some members do not post because they do not feel it's important but I disagree. I believe we cannot take this journey alone or we will not succeed. Together we are struggling on this journey, holding hands so that when one of us stumbles, the others will help us up.
Carmen


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3/2/11 5:52 P

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Welcome back! Im so glad you're okay though. What a scare. I too have cut Starbucks from my life. I quit cold turkey after thanksgiving. Instead I make a French press at home. Not only is it saving us thousands of dollars each year, but those lattes are like 300-400 cals each! Not a good way to start your day. I agree that you should just try one thing at a time until it becomes a habit so you don't get burnt out. Good luck!


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TCHRONTHEMOVE
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3/2/11 1:39 P

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My advice to you would be to start by changing one thing at a time. If you try to change ALL your habits, you will get overwhelmed! You are off to a great start by getting the coffee under control. Now, I would pick one other thing to try to change, and work on that one thing. Once you get that under control, then you can concentrate on another one! Wishing you all the best, and we are here for you!


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3/2/11 1:36 P

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Hi! I totally understand how you feel about being overwhelmed! I get overwhelmed at all the info and also by how much I need to do. And because of that, I generally don't do anything at all! But that is definitely not doing me any good. Like so many others have said, just take it one step at a time. I'm still trying to learn to do that too. I went to the gym yesterday after not being there for many months and did 45 minutes on the treadmill, yet still I feel like I failed! So also, learn to celebrate your small successes! Try not to get discouraged. Again, these are things that I need to work on myself, but I know how important they are. It might help to keep a notebook or journal that you can write down all the good things you are doing so that you have a concrete idea that you are improving! I don't know if this will help you, but I hope so. emoticon

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

"Never, never, never, never give up!"

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KARENZIO
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3/2/11 1:32 P

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Welcome to the team and good luck with your goals!



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3/2/11 1:21 P

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Hi Beep welcome to the site, your doing great getting your coffee under controll I am still working on that one lol. Keep looking to all the positive stuff your doing and give yourself grace for the poor habits your in the process of change and its going to take one step at a time. Just keep stepping and you will get there. emoticon


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BBEEP10
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Yesterday had chest and jaw pain, but thankfully no heart attack! Tired and emotional today! I joined a year ago?? (Obviously forgetful, too) Last month started the C25K! Been thrilled that I even got on the treadmill, and even moreso, when I finished each one! Trying to focus on the positives since I KNOW I eat POORLY! I've cut out my morning coffees at home (before putting on makeup or getting dressed), frequent STARBUCKS before getting to work, and sodas during meals or pick me ups in the afternoons. That took all year to get under control! So, today since I joined this forum last month, too, but never came back, I decided it was time to commit. So here I am. I have never posted on any website, but I need help! There is a tremendous amount of information on this wonderful website, so I am very excited about getting back on. I just get overwhelmed! So if anyone has any suggestions, I will greatly appreciate your words of encouragement and insight! Looking forward to an improved me this year!



 
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