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4/29/11 6:55 P

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The thing I like most about the SparkPeople philosophy is how emphasizes that true success is choosing the 'small stuff' and building from there.

What's the ONE THING you can do to start today? More water? Stairs at work? Parking further from daycare? Holding to a specific snack time?

That COUNTS!!

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Just begin.


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4/27/11 1:59 P

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Well you have started at a great place: you have recognized that your doing something bad for you and that's awesome! Now all you have to do is figure out what is best for you whether it be cutting out processed food and sugar, exercising or even just drinking water. Find a starting point that you are comfortable with because this will help you keep up with it.
Finding out what motivates you is a great tool. Is it getting fit for a special ocassion or just to be healthy? Once you have a motivator print out a picture and tape it to your fridge. I use an old picture when I was my ideal body weight and it helps me when I want to snack on crappy cheetos or something else undesirable.
Do you have someone in your home who could be your own personal "Cheerleader"? If so they can be a huge help. My husband knows that all he has to say is "your doing awesome babe" and it makes my day. With the help of this site and the people on it you will find that you want to stick to your goals. Making yourself accountable is a great way of keeping on track and the people on here do it to. Start a blog, it helps get your frustrations out and the feeling that someone might be reading it makes you want to do better. Don't worry if you "fall of the wagon" because everyone does, just pick yourself up and start again. Keep your head up and eyes forward!

When feeling overwhelmed by a faraway goal, repeat the following: I HAVE IT WITHIN ME RIGHT NOW, TO GET ME TO WHERE I WANT TO BE LATER!



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4/18/11 12:58 P

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I am also new to the site. I started on Friday and Sat was my birthday but I had a great weekend and am ready to continue today. I haven't been on these boards before and hope to find the support I need. Just reading this so far makes me want to start exercising...even 10 minutes today. Thanks everyone for your posts!

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4/18/11 10:38 A

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Don't give up!

•The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince. ~ Vincent Lombardi


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4/18/11 3:24 A

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I can totally relate to this as well. I find that I hate planning and that I want to just do it like it comes naturally. Well, it doesn't!! (darn it) I find I am more successful when I take the time to make a solid plan as to what I will be eating or alternatives I can have if something pops up. (which usually is what always kicks me off track)

So, take about a half an hour for yourself and make yourself a basic outlined plan and go from there, you will be surprised how it can motivate you.

Good luck!

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4/17/11 11:45 P

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I am new too but have not begun....I am getting things ready for Monday and feel I am in the same boat you are in! I am glad I have found this site and hopfully with all the support we can get rolling on the right track! Right now I am rareing to go, but ready for bed. Tomorrow is a new day and the beginning of a new me.
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4/15/11 6:48 P

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The getting started guide is a big help. It encourages you to set some manageable goals and succeed. You set a few small goals and follow them for a few days, then add a few as it gets easier to keep up your new habits.
Start by making sure you eat your vegetables, or get your water in. Add a small amount of exercise. 10 min every day is a good start, then you can bump it up as you go. People often find that when they're 10 min in, they don't want to stop, but if you get your 10 min and want to stop, that's ok.

Erin - Carman, MB, Canada


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4/15/11 11:37 A

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Welcome!

I have tried to lose weight for years now.. but this is the first time I feel like it will actually work. The mistake I was making was I decided to lose weight, exercise, and change my eating habits all at the same time. I got overwhelmed and gave up every time.

This time, I started with my food. I decided to cut out as much processed foods as possible. I watched my mother battle a very intense stage 4 cancer that I truly believe was caused by all the chemicals in low-fat food (she's been eating/drinking that stuff every since it came out).

I went from eating cheeseburgers and french fries and mac and cheese to eating only meals with fresh ingredients. I feel awesome! It took about 2 or 3 weeks to get the hang of it. I felt hungry a lot at first. Now, its the easiest thing to do. The thought of any other way of eating makes me sick because my body isnt use to it anymore. I don't even put sugar in my coffee anymore (this coming from the girl that use to NEED 3 teaspoons!)..its the strangest..coolest thing :). I have stuck with this for 2 or 3 months now and I have no desire to eat any other way (..well I give in to chocolate when it is necessary ;) )

So now that I have that down pat, I have been working out.. and I have a lot more energy now to do it :)

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4/15/11 8:57 A

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Hi, Natalie! Welcome to SparkPeople! I, too, am a mom of two, work full time and go to college full time. It is a lot to put on your own plate. However, I have to tell you that I'm a Senior in undergrad (planning to go to law school AND get my master's degree) and I have been on SP for over a year now. I have lost, so far - and I'm not done yet - about 65 pounds. It is difficult to fit everything in, but I found that making this a priority has helped me in so many ways. At first, I made one change at a time (or two, depending on how I was feeling). I started small, because I knew that I wanted this to be a lifetime change, not just a fad. The very first thing that I did was have a moment to myself (wrote myself a letter) and gave myself permission to be patient with myself. That let off a huge amount of pressure that I was giving to myself. Patience. We are not all going to be perfect throughout our life of healthy lifestyles, but we want to do the best that we can. Start drinking your water everyday. Start doing 10 minutes of fitness. You can find 10 minutes in between study breaks.

Just remember not to give up. Keep pushing forward. Making small changes in your life will have a great impact on your attitude, your self-esteem, your energy, and eventually you will let it flow through you like a breeze. It does take patience and the ability to forgive yourself when you don't do as well as you would have liked. That doesn't mean that you should give up. Chalk it up to a lesson learned and go forward.

I am taking an extremely difficult class this semester that is taking up a lot of my time, and I know that I haven't been doing what I should be doing. However, I know that this class is only going to last another 4 weeks....not the rest of my life. That is where the patience comes in. I know that exercising, eating right, getting enough sleep, and drinking my water makes me feel better in every aspect of my life, so as soon as I can implement all of this back into my routine after this class from heck is over, I am going to be on it like white on paper. You can do this. It is a challenge - but with all of the things you have going on...I can tell you're up for the challenge just as much as I am! Hugs and good luck!!! Don't give up! You can do this!

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4/14/11 12:55 P

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I too have 2 children (both mine are under the age of 5) and going to school. I've found that the best thing for me here is the meal planner/shopping list which can be found under nutrition tracker. Even if I don't use the meals at least my home is full of healthy fruits and vegetable instead of salty snacks. The shopping list was also great because it cut my grocery store time in half, there was no wandering up and down each isle grabbing whatever sounded good. Using the meal plan is also helpful with kids because it is one less thing to worry about when you get home from work.

I joined the Water 4 Kids Virtual 5k taking place the third week in September!
Come run with me! teams.sparkpeople.com/water4kids

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4/12/11 9:19 P

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Thanks for your message. I'm new here myself. I like what I see so far. You sound like you have your plate full (pun intended) with all your responsibilities. I don't know, but perhaps it would be enough for you just to visit this site each day and just see what unfolds for you. What I mean is not to add to all your other demands and pressures. Just my thought for tonight. I wish us both well here. Thanks again for taking the time to post.



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4/12/11 11:09 A

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Hi Natalie. I'm new too. I just started on here yesterday myself and the only thing you can do girl is just start. Take 1 step at a time and just do it and remember you are doing it for YOU!
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Edited by: TEXASDAISY1 at: 4/12/2011 (11:09)
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4/12/11 10:52 A

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First of all, emoticon NataliePauline!

Now, deep breathe. This is not a race, but a journey to your new HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

Let's just start slowly. Try to get your 8 glasses of water in a day. Try 10 minutes of exercise a day.

The most important thing for you now, is probably tracking your food. You can track it all here or at least write it all down. EVERY bite. If you track, you'll find out amazing things about the way you eat.

On the right hand side of this screen, there's a section called "Site Quick Links." Click on the "Getting Started Guide." This will really help. I promise!

Best of luck on your journey! If you have any site questions, just come back and ask them:-)

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The Secret of Health for both mind & body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or not to anticipate trouble, but to live in the present moment wisely & earnestly. ~ The Buddha

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4/12/11 6:03 A

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Hi there, I am a busy mother, also in college and working full time. Have come across the website and think its just what I need. However, Since discovering it 3 days ago I havnt got started. Im still overeating and not doing anything to change all my bad habits. I need to take the first step but don't know where to start. help, help, help, help, help, help, help,

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