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CBACH71's Photo CBACH71 Posts: 943
10/13/10 5:32 A

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Substitute one cup of spaghetti squash for pasta or rice when serving sauce on top of rice or pasta.

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10/13/10 1:10 A

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I totslly agree with swithing to lowering the fat content of milk and switching to whole wheat bread will increase the fiber.

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MAUREENV2's Photo MAUREENV2 Posts: 3,851
10/11/10 10:23 A

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Switch to lower fat milk or a higher fiber bread. My family tried that (they didn't want to make any changes) and it started them on the journey to conciously choosing healthier foods.

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10/4/10 10:04 A

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I traded in my butter for 0 calorie butter spray. Now I actually prefer the butter spray!

**LINDA**

Weight loss is accomplished with the mind.


A person who wants something WILL find a way....a person who doesn't will find an excuse.

Which do you prefer?
The pain of self discipline?....or...the pain of self regret?






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KATHYBFIT's Photo KATHYBFIT Posts: 4,214
10/2/10 2:52 P

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One of my fairly new life-change habits is not eat anything after 8pm!

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THEWINNER33's Photo THEWINNER33 Posts: 3,365
10/1/10 2:33 P

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Right on Banker- Chuck. I try to go down the list every day. It keeps me grounded on this journey.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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BANKER-CHUCK's Photo BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 5,638
9/29/10 1:48 P

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Going down the SparkPoints list and complete each catagory, everyday.

Chuck

1/1/10 Start Wht 279 lbs
12/1/15 Goal 180

**Maintain** "OR" set new Goal! 170's maybe??


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THEWINNER33's Photo THEWINNER33 Posts: 3,365
9/29/10 1:15 P

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I read somewhere that every movement counts, including fidgetting. So while I work on the computer or sit anywhere, esp. the car, I fidget my way through the day. It has helped me, especially with the inches.

The will of God will not take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,

Give me the grace to see a joke,

To get some humor out of life,

And pass it on to other folk!


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MARIE625's Photo MARIE625 Posts: 3,334
9/28/10 7:25 P

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If you are struggling with water intake, try using a straw - the bigger the better. I've found that I can seriously suck down some water if I use a straw but take dainty little sips once an hour or so if I'm drinking from a glass. Also, play with the water temperature. I'd never have thought it, but I can drink room temp. water much quicker than cold. Good luck!

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COOKSTER4EVER's Photo COOKSTER4EVER Posts: 118
9/28/10 12:38 P

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I'm definitely working on the water intake...having trouble getting past four cups. Do you include Tea as "water"?

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MARIE625's Photo MARIE625 Posts: 3,334
9/28/10 9:13 A

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This is a great thread and it's making me realize how far I've come. So many of the habits suggested are things I'm already doing and have been doing long enough that I don't even think of them as a "loose weight habit" - it's just something I do without even thinking about it.
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BEACHBRENDA's Photo BEACHBRENDA Posts: 13
9/27/10 11:41 P

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Instead of playing a game, searching another site or eating something while I wait for websites to load, I try to take some cleansing breaths and/or use those extra few moments to reconnect my mind with my body... Sit up a little straighter, stretch in my chair, get up and move around, take deep breaths, get a drink of water...

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TAMMYTH64's Photo TAMMYTH64 Posts: 3,810
9/27/10 6:24 A

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Try low fat/low cal options! This way it's not taking away taste.


Great ideas turtle! Very impressive with all the great responses!

Tammy

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I'll keep working at it. I'm worth it. You're worth it too.

Every day is a new day. Gotta keep on keepin' on, no matter what!

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SKINNYMINTY's Photo SKINNYMINTY Posts: 127
9/26/10 7:33 P

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Ooh, great suggestions! I need to start taking vitamins. My one small healthy habit is drinking fat free milk instead of 2%.

"I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don't work."
Thomas Edison

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.
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BETH5612's Photo BETH5612 SparkPoints: (4,372)
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9/26/10 3:09 P

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I'm glad of this topic, because I'm about ready to add more habits too. So far, I've managed tracking and cardio 3 times a week. I also do meditative prayer 20 minutes a day, which has been very helpful.

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Not sure if this would help you but I started taking vitamins...I felt much better when I was doing that...I haven't done it lately and I need to get back to it...it makes me feel healthier!!

~~~ CINDY ~~~

You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have...

Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight...

My next mini goal weight is 218...


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CITRUSPINE's Photo CITRUSPINE Posts: 1,941
9/26/10 2:37 P

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I wash and clean all of the salad veggies when I come home from shopping. When I want something crunchy, the carrots, radishes and celery are already clean and waiting for me.

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9/26/10 2:14 P

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I have been getting out and doing more stuff with family and friends. I used to be the one that would sit around and not doing anything, but now I am going out more and doing more stuff. I thought it would be a drag at first, but its fun! I take my dog on longer walks now (which he loves), I stand up and clean instead of trying to sit down and do it all and I switched from regular pop to diet, which has been a shocker for me since I was raised on regular soda and told that I could never have diet, well my new doc found out I could with a little research, so here we go to diet! YAY

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MOMITA3's Photo MOMITA3 Posts: 1,262
9/26/10 1:45 P

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I have an egg mcmuffin every morning with 1/2 a wheat english muffin, egg, canadian bacon, and 2% cheddar cheese slice. 185 cal and 14 grams of protein. Yum!

Dawn
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COOKSTER4EVER's Photo COOKSTER4EVER Posts: 118
9/26/10 12:59 P

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This is why I posted this question...these are great suggestions! Thank you!

Yesterday I happened to find myself strength training to the Teletubbies (while my 1 year old was playing). I grabbed a couple of 5 lb weights and went to town. It felt so good and satisfied my craving to be active.

Thanks everyone...keep them coming!

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DEEDEESANNE Posts: 168
9/26/10 10:59 A

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emoticon I second the motion on brushing your teeth after dinner every night. It really stops you from craving snacks. Also I find that if I brush before I start food prep for the day (often in the morning) it keeps me from tasting everything I am doing.

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MAUREENV2's Photo MAUREENV2 Posts: 3,851
9/26/10 10:53 A

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Drinking water is a very good start. Next I would recommend starting tracking. It doesn't matter (at all) whether you go over or under - just start writing down everything you eat. For me, it was 6-7 months before I was able to start staying in my calorie range, but it is a real important habit. Good luck.

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9/26/10 10:34 A

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I try to stick to a scheduled, even on weekends:
Go to bed about the same time every night
Get up in the morning the same time
Work out about the same time everyday
meals about the same time

Some weekends are busier than others, so I PLAN ahead for the day--make sure I have healthy snacks, or even something for lunch--pack a cooler.
And if I end up at one of the kids practice, or sport events, I find away to walk--during half walk the around the field--things like that

I guess the point is I try to be prepared and plan ahead so I do not get sabotaged by being at the fast food joint at meal time, because that is my only option...

It's all GOOD!


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DHSPARK's Photo DHSPARK SparkPoints: (46,504)
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9/26/10 10:20 A

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Measuring portions helps me...1 cup of cereal isn't much.

Deb :)


Don't worry...be happy!

If at first you don't succeed...try, try, again!
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9/26/10 9:50 A

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Salad dressing on the side.

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Judy

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

-Thomas Edison


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SUNNYARIZONA's Photo SUNNYARIZONA SparkPoints: (191,360)
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9/26/10 5:10 A

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I am a night nurse. I wear my pedometer faithfully the 12 hours I work to add up all my many many steps!
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MY NEW saying: (borrowed from Delila)

"If you want to do something, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse."


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9/26/10 5:00 A

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When I am loading the washing machine I empty the laundry basket onto the floor. I have exercise then from bending from the waist as I pick up an item at a time. Ree emoticon

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9/26/10 4:58 A

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Add to your "Other Goals to Track" list. Things like positive attitude toward lifestyle change, low stress level, doing something for others. Make these 7/days/week goals you have to account for each and every day.

This Spark People program is a total lifestyle change and is not completely devoted to your lbs. number on that scale. I have found that when I check off several items in my daily goals list, and hold myself accountable for those, that my day goes much better and I feel more encouraged.

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9/25/10 10:26 P

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I've always been one to load my arms with things to be taken somewhere and put away. Now I take one thing at a time and make several trips. Sometimes this means a few trips up & down the stairs. Adds steps to my day.

Eileen

Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner.
Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.

"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)

With God all things are possible.

If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
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One of the first things I did was start tracking all my nutrients then changing them one at time, up or down.

:-)) Sandy
CONSISTENCY IS KEY, WATER IS ESSENTIAL!

You only fail if you quit trying.

I can be brave when learning or trying something new
I shall be bold by pushing myself to the next level
I can be fierce by being determined in setting my goals and reaching them
I shall give a full 100% of me and feel FABULOUS about the woman I am


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9/25/10 8:49 P

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While I'm waiting for the microwave, I "march" and pull my knees up really high and try to touch my knee with the opposite elbow. After doing that as my only core work (shame on me! LOL) I discovered I had a couple of ribs! Now, it's gotten to be such a habit, I caught myself doing it at my MIL's recently. LOL

Another little habit that's really helped - I brush my teeth immediately after dinner. Helps me not want desert or that late night snack.

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9/25/10 8:48 P

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I've just started having a serving of fruit with breakfast to help me increase my fruit and veggies.


It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.
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Laughing 100 times is the equivalent to 10 minutes on the rowing machine or 15 minutes on an exercise bike!
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9/25/10 8:27 P

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I just look for ways to move no matter where I am. I walk a bit more by parking further away. I take stairs where I can. I run up and down my stairs here at home more often, too. I do little things like that.
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Exercise while of the cammode==side bends, stretchs, etc.

Depression is the impression left by fear. Be willing to fight the fear. Conquer it with love.

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9/25/10 8:21 P

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To add steps, I pace while talking on the phone. I've added as many as 1500.

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9/25/10 8:14 P

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Hi, I've been taking The Spark's advice and making one new habit at a time to help with my long-term goal. I've started increasing my water intake and have traded mayo for mustard. Do you have any other new little habit ideas I could try?
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