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Wow, Shadoza, I love that line: Games pause; life doesn't.
I would tell new folks not to give up. Sometimes the scale says crazy things even though you are working hard. Wait a number of weeks before thinking about changing things, as some weigh-ins are just flukes and will be back to normal before you know it.
Track your food and track your fitness. It's amazing how many calories we actually eat (more than we think), and it's equally surprising to see how many calories we're actually burning (not quite as many as we think).
Find some good friends to help keep you motivated. Whether they are real people (co-workers, family, friends) or Spark friends, you will have much better luck reaching your goals if you're around people who want you to succeed as much as you do.
Keri ~ Springfield, Illinois
"FAR more often than not; YES it is your fault, and YES, it was preventable. Just fess up and take charge of your health, your future... your life. Remember, you’re not a failure until you start blaming someone else." - Sean Patrick Flanery
I have to agree. Join a team that interests you the most. Don't join multiple teams just because. Stick to the top 3 that you would like to have and be active on the team. What is bad is that people may be welcome you with open arms and your too busy posting on other teams to check the team page frequently.
"Fight the Fat!" ,"Eye of the Tiger!",“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”
For this team, I would say: Games pause; life doesn't.
My fastest motivation is to communicate with others. Join teams that interest you. Leave teams that are not satisfying your needs. Dead teams or consistent negativity can kill your momentum.
To find teams you really enjoy that have active challenges. This team, especially, keeps me on track with the quarterly challenges. They are one of my biggest motivations to keep going when I'm tired, sleepy, stressed, bored...all those times when I might eat due to emotions or by habit. I remember I'm on this team and in these challenges and it helps me to fight the desire to eat unhealthily and stay on track.
I don't want to be a passenger in my own life. - Diane Ackerman
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. - Maya Angelou
It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honour to whatever in them is worthy of honour. - Asoka
Just curious what would you say to our newbies that has worked out for you since joining sparks
If You're tired or starting over stop giving up
Tema - Matteson IL
"Tenacity is the quality displayed by someone who just won't quit -- who keeps trying until they reach their goal. Anything really worth doing takes persistence, perseverance, and stubborn determination! I AM a Tenacious Jungle Tiger and these are my survival skills!!"