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Dos and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan

Avoiding Common Fitness Pitfalls


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  • Thank you for discussing the basics.
  • GRAMMA123
    Just in time: I was beginning to think what a whimp I am. I'm just moving at a reasonable rate!
  • This is a great article! I realize I should be eating smaller meals more often, I tend to eat smaller meals during the day(when my body needs the most calories), then I eat a large dinner. I will try to eat more snacks.
    This a great article I have the tendency to over exercise. I am going to take it easy a bit. But , I will always do my cardiovascular exercise 20-30 minutes daily. I always been a fish eater, I will choose the right type to eat. I made frozen fruit smoothy with probiotic yogurt, skim milk, and flaxseeds. I am not a snack person. I will follow your advice and break my meals in mini meals to satisfied my hunger. Thank you much.
  • Great article. Goals must be achievable. I have found setting achievable goals and then setting new ones when I have achieved them has worked for me. I am now in the happy position of trying to maintain my present weight. My knees love me!
  • I am not goal oriented either, but I have had to set some. I found that instead of saying that I will lose so much weight by such and such a date, it is working better for me to say that I will drop 2 sizes by the end of May. It's been a month and I am down 1 size so I am half-way there so I may get further, I don't know. I haven't lost a tremendous amount of weight but I am thinning out with building muscle. The purpose of having goals is to keep you motivated as you see your goal coming closer to being accomplished. I have developed short-term goals that are more easily attainable because just saying "I want to be healthy" and "I want to drop 70 pounds" are too big and to vague and it is too discouraging when you see how long it takes to get there.
  • I can't believe the author's name is Antigone; that is so cool! When I was younger I totally wanted to name one of my kids that, but my husband wasn't on board with the idea. Awesome name; helpful article!
  • Very good read. I find that i get much more info in the form of bullet notes, rather then in paragraph form. The best do personally is the don't give up if you slack off. Thats one that most of us can relate to I'm sure.
  • This was a very helpful article. I know i am trying too hard on my start. although I have lost 4 pounds this week; I am afraid of keeping it off if I don't slow down a bit.
  • I agree,slow and steady definitely wins the race.
    I tell myself i didn't pack on 65 pounds in two weeks
    it took way longer than i am ready to take a while
    in losing it too,so far 25 gone,40 to go,but i am definitely
    moving forward.i am very happy with my new lifestyle.
  • I LOVE this totally encapsulates everything that I have tried to put into practice over the past 10 months or so, and it is WORKING...I have lost 55 pounds so far...I keep the motto of slow and steady...and I feel great...I still would like to lose about 35 more pounds, but I have confidence now like never before that this is my lifestyle...I can totally live this way forever!!! And I do think it is very important to have some goals...some are very defined, others not so much, but important nonetheless! Thank you!
  • Am I the only one who is not goal-oriented?
    I am so tired of every fitness article starting
    with "set a goal" - and I am longing for other
    approaches. There must be different ways.
    I like remembering that you did not put 50lbs on over night, so we MUST be patient and never give up. Keep going forward, no matter how many slips you have along the way
  • I like the warning about taking on too many goals at once, especially at first. It's easy to become overwhelmed, and then it's a slippery slope back to NO goals.

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