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ANNEV2012
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1/26/12 7:39 P

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Hi Mandy,

In my experience, it is difficult to make a lot of changes at the same time, so my 2c's worth of advice is: Choose ONE change you can make, and stick with it before you add another change.
It could be something as simple as adding more fruits or vegetables, or avoiding processed foods.
OR, if exercise is more important to you for now, start by finding an activity you enjoy, and stick with that for a while before you add another activity.

Weight loss and becoming more aware of healthy eating habits is a journey, and like any journey, it begins with one step.

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1/25/12 11:20 A

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SUNGRLL3 I also like working out as well and reading health magazines and the such, but like you have a hard time with the food thing just clicking! I have lost weight before and went cold turkey on fast food, chips, soda, the whole nine yards and just started eating more fruits/vegetables, lots of water, etc. Now I've got to get back on track and make it click again:) emoticon


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ANNEMARGAR
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1/4/12 5:49 A

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SUNGRLL3- I have been thinking about you and wondering how you have been doing. I read a blog here on SparkPeople the other day from a woman who kept messing up on the weekends. She finally vowed to herself that she was going to weigh less on her Monday morning weigh-ins and that did the trick for her. I have been staying away from my evening glass (or two) of red wine which has helped me slowly lose the weight. But how are you doing? Anything we can help you with?


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SUNGRLL3
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1/1/12 5:59 P

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Thanks everyone! I truly appreciate the ideas and support. I think the main motivator will be for my daughter to see me healthy and for her to grow up healthy. I'm looking forward to learning more from this team!


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SWEETMERI
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12/30/11 9:22 A

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AMOLSSON---LOVE the idea about starting with clean foods you like and adding new foods later. That is the simplest way to start because there are probably already foods that I eat that I like that are considered clean (fruits and veggies and such).....thanks for sharing!! xoxoxxoo

You can if you will.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer

"Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can". ~unknown

"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


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ANNEMARGAR
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12/30/11 6:15 A

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All great advice here. I would add that you should measure your food and write down everything you eat. SparkPeople has a great way to enter your foods so that you can see the calories and nutrients for what you are eating each day. I find that once you start to learn how many calories are in a serving - it gets you to stop and think before you eat the item. Also- be sure to include foods you like- for instance- I love oatmeal and never follow a food guide that advices cutting oatmeal from my diet. What fruits do you enjoy? What veggies do you like. Start clean with the foods you like and slowly add in new foods.


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HOUNDLOVER1
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12/29/11 7:25 P

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Here's a little motivator: Your daughter will follow in your footsteps and do as you do. What do you want her to learn? Is she worth buying healthy fruits and veggies for? Is she worth eating a diet free of processed crap that will poison her body even if it's much more expensive than what you eat now? Is she worth having her Mom around when she gets married? Does she deserve a life without weight loss struggles? She can have all of that, but only if you decide that YOU are worth all of that.
Start today by proving it to her. Clean out your cabinets and throw away everything that you know is not good for anyone to eat in a big trash bag and have your daughter help you do it. Read the labels of everything that's in a box carefully. Even if you will have to eat brown rice with beans with a few fresh veggies added for a month afterwards it will be so worth it because your daughter will see ACTION and know that Mom is committed to live a long, healthy life.
I know it's hard, but you can do it. emoticon
By the way, I'm not against baby steps at all, but getting rid of bad stuff to start with makes babysteps sooooo much easier.

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12/29/11 4:49 P

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Eating healthy has to be something that you want for yourself. The one thing I keep in mind is that it is cheaper than medications and Dr. bills down the line. I come from a family of obese people all who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.....all of which would be changed if they just lost weight. I can happily say that my last physical (in Oct) my Dr. said my cholesterol is the best she has seen this year among all her patients. That for me is the best news ever. Best wishes as you work towards a healthier you!

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12/29/11 3:57 P

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Hey! Welcome to the team! I am totally new myself so its nice to see someone else here that is dealing with the same thing. I don't really have anything too helpful, but from a clean eating perspective I have found a website that I really like. www.thegraciouspantry.comGirst of all its a beautifully designed website that is easy to navigate. It also has suggestions on how to help you make small changes to get jump started. It has amazing recipes and wonderful pictures. It will make your mouth water and inspire you to make the changes because they look beautiful and fun! I am just starting with this, so I can't tell you yet if it works for me, but I am excited to keep going on my journey. Good luck!

You can if you will.

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer

"Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can". ~unknown

"Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


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SUNGRLL3
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12/29/11 2:17 P

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Hi there, my name is Mandy and I'm new to the team! I am married and have a four year old little girl. I have about 125 pounds to lose and have been overweight on some kind of diet all my life. I have read every book out there and know everything there is to know about losing weight...I just don't follow it for some reason.. I actually enjoy working out and fitness...it's the food side of it that I can't seem to make click in my head!!
My question is, especially for those who have lost a lot of weight..how did you finally make the change? I can't seem to make the switch to really following a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food!


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