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SABLENESS
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9/23/12 9:02 P

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The trackers are great tools, but one of the very best things about SP is the supportive community. Find several teams that share your goals or interests. We don't have to do this alone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." Confucius


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HEALTHYONE2008
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9/23/12 6:14 P

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Hi and welcome to the team. Looks like you have been given some good pointers to start with. Focus on those and you will be well on the way to better health and fitness.

Nancy in Columbia,SC

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BARBARA1501
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9/18/12 9:52 P

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Thanks for the welcome!



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9/18/12 9:52 P

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Thanks - you and your sis are doing something amazing! I hadn't thought about a pedometer, but counting the steps could be a way to keep track more accurately. Grains and sugar ... they're everywhere! Very good starting points, though. Thank you for your encouraging story.



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9/18/12 9:48 P

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Wow, that food tracker is popping up as a top recommendation! I do pretty well with water but have room for improvement there. The fitness tracker feels sort of overwhelming, but I will give it another good look and figure out how to make time for these new habits. Thanks!



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9/18/12 9:46 P

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Thanks, Carol. Your advice is really making sense. I am feeling a bit daunted at the prospect of finding more time each day for new endeavors. As a mom, my attention always goes to my child, my home, etc. Starting two new daily habits! Wow. Tracking and walking :) A new relationship with food - yep, that's what I need. I am so glad to see replies to my post ... so encouraging. Thank you.



BARBARA1501
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9/18/12 9:42 P

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Thanks - I've never tracked my food intake, and it makes sense to start analyzing what I'm putting in my body. I'll go check out that food tracking tool.



ANNEMARIE1414
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9/18/12 9:26 A

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Track your food and see daily the categories that you have trouble with. Also, i took a free month of Curves (developed a healthy exercise habit).



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9/17/12 4:46 P

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GENESIS2012
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9/17/12 3:37 P

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Hi, Barbara, and welcome to Spark and to the Team! emoticon

Here is my best advice - not complicated and from the heart: 1) Use your Nutrition Tracker faithfully, every single day, and print out the daily report on that page so you can make sure you are getting the proper balance of fats, carbs, and protein. This will keep you honest and accountable for your choices. Checking your report each day is critical - you want to make sure you are getting the right % of nutrients and not just eating empty calories. Remember, it is possible to stay within your calorie range eating "junk" but that isn't going to promote weight loss and it certainly won't maintain it in the long run emoticon .; 2) Find a few exercises/activities you actually ENJOY doing and then do them 3-4X a week. If you like what you are doing the chances are much better that you will stick with it emoticon ; 3) Stay active with your Team(s) because this is the place you will get encouragement, motivation, and support - including hugs on those days when things are especially tough! emoticon and; 4) Try to have fun with this journey to slimness and better health! It's a given that if you enjoy something you will stick with it! emoticon

One last thought: it isn't important how fast or slowly you lose your weight. This is one area where 'slow and steady wins the race' is more then just some old cliche emoticon . Spark teaches you a new lifestyle and you need time to re-educate yourself and develop a new relationship with food. emoticon

Carol AZ emoticon

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Carol
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GRANNYSUE9
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9/17/12 2:19 P

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Hello and welcome to the team! Glad to have you join us! The best thing you can do is use the food tracker, fitness tracker and drink your water. There are a lot of useful things on this web site.

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You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.

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MYBULLDOGS
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9/17/12 1:54 P

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my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

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BARBARA1501
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9/17/12 1:36 P

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Brand new to SparkPeople, still checking out the vast array of tools and things. Never one shy to ask for help, so I'm asking for y'all's No. 1 tip for a fast start in this website. Thanks!



 
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