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Top 10 Strategies for Success

Use These Ideas to Meet Your Goals

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1.  Start Small
Quite possibly the biggest mistake people make is pushing the accelerator too soon. You can’t lose 20 pounds in a week. But you can lose one. Taking small bites and chewing slowly have as much to do with goal achievement as they do with your mom’s dinner table scolding.
 
2.  Get It On Paper
Whether setting your first goals, tracking daily progress, or sharing your deepest thoughts with a journal, writing things down crystallizes your ideas, exposes underlying fears, and paints an accurate picture of real life.
 
3.  Focus On Everyday Habits
The building blocks of a healthy lifestyle are forged in the smallest of actions you take every day and every week. Healthy choices can become as natural as brushing your teeth or locking the front door. Build one habit, one action at a time.
 
4.  Always See Your Goal
Goals need attention. They need to be seen and heard and thought of often if they ever hope to come true. So surround yourself with as many reminders as possible.
 
5.  Be Consistent
Imagine a plane taking off. In the beginning, a lot of energy is spent to simply get moving down the runway. But as speed and momentum take over, the plane is pulled forward and up into the sky, faster and further by the second. Consistent action, no matter how small, has more power than you ever imagined.
 
6.  Never Stop Learning
A healthy lifestyle is a process—a journey more than a destination. You can always learn more about nutrition, fitness, and even yourself that can help you be just a little bit better tomorrow.
 
7.  Come Out of Seclusion
Has anyone ever achieved anything of real value all alone? Probably not many. Most receive some form of help from other people. Support, information, a sense of shared experience, encouragement, advice, and a well-timed pep talk are all invaluable as you set off on your adventure.
 
8.  Allow For Setbacks
Accept the fact right now that you will make mistakes, and that it can be a positive thing. We are usually harder on ourselves that we are on anyone else we know. Be your own #1 fan. That means being supportive (instead of critical) when you stumble, and enjoying your wins (rather than ignoring your accomplishments) when you succeed.
 
9.  Trust Your Plan
You’ll have up weeks and down weeks, and frustrating weeks that make no sense at all. The tools and strategies you’re learning will help you build a plan that makes a healthier lifestyle almost inevitable. If you consistently make the right choices and build healthy habits, weight loss is literally just a matter of time.
 
10.  Have Fun!!!

Who says getting healthy has to be a chore, a burden to be endured or suffered through? Probably a very unhappy person, that’s who. This is an exciting adventure of self-discovery and building a meaningful life. Enjoy the ride!
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  • HANAKIM24
    i have the same issue that even though i was controlling my scale was not buging so i started workout for 1.5 to 2 hours.. 10 days over still nothing on scale :( .... consistency plus motivation when scale gives nothing its really frustating :( - 9/2/2014 9:34:46 AM
  • Thank you for this! I definitely agree with the consistency one. Sometimes the scale doesn't budge and it can be really frustrating. I'm sticking with it and hoping to reach my goals. - 5/7/2013 8:50:38 AM
  • STEPHENE51
    These '10 strategies for success' have given me inspiration when I was starting to berate myself and load on the guilt for over-indulging on Easter Sunday. I realize I can have success by overcoming failure. Writing things down will help me - my wife is always telling me to write things down, I usually don't follow good advice, but am committed to submit myself to the wisdom of others. - 3/31/2013 4:54:08 PM
  • I have my own exercises I do not on the spark list, and I have added some from the list so I can track some of my fitness and know how many calories I may be burning... i love hula hoopin without a hula hoop it really works on that mid section. I have lower back pain and find things that actually strengthen it. - 3/31/2013 12:51:41 AM
  • This has so much helpful advice! I want to be able to read this often to remind me, and when I hit the stumbling blocks to encourage me to press on! - 1/8/2013 6:57:35 PM
  • KAYYAK1
    This makes so much sense. - 1/8/2013 10:12:06 AM
  • Wonderful article to start the year with. - 12/30/2012 7:35:20 PM
  • Wonderful advice. COME ON EVERYONE!!!!!
    Just the fact that i am reading your very intresting
    and helpful posts says it all. Today is my very first day.....
    ......and my very first post ever. Because of you and your
    thoughtfulness.
    ....taking the time
    to post your feelings for
    EVERYONE to draw strength from
    is so kind. Together we can do
    anything. Thank you all for
    being you.......for me.
    :))......yes...
    .my smiley face
    does have a double chin.
    EGGNOG. - 12/30/2012 6:14:59 PM
  • Wonderful advice. COME ON EVERYONE!!!!!
    Just the fact that i am reading your very intresting
    and helpful posts says it all. Today is my very first day.....
    ......and my very first post ever. Because of you and your
    thoughtfulness.
    ....taking the time
    to post your feelings for
    EVERYONE to draw strength from
    is so kind. Together we can do
    anything. Thank you all for
    being you.......for me.
    :))......yes...
    .my smiley face
    does have a double chin.
    EGGNOG. - 12/30/2012 6:13:51 PM
  • MSHINOJOSA
    It helps when I have a support team. One that I see often, like my lunch buddies. Exercising makes me feel great, but something always gets me off track, like getting hurt, or not being able to exercise because you get out late and just want to spend time with the ones you love. Sometimes I feel guilty if I ignore everyone. - 12/30/2012 2:04:23 PM
  • This article is very timely for me today! I have lost 54 pounds since January, but I'm really struggling with social eating at my family's house this week. I had a plan for dinner last night, but everyone stayed around the table to talk, and I kept eating! I'm really beating myself up this morning, but I need to be my own #1 and keep working! Thanks, Spark People, for coming through again on a positive spin on weight loss instead of a punitive "diet" mentality! I love this community! - 12/30/2012 9:34:56 AM
  • What a great article! I especially loved the last two points. - 12/30/2012 9:29:55 AM
  • My problem is I will do all these things for 3 weeks, see success, and think I can do it without all those things. Agh! Now that I recognize that, my goal is to see it through to the finish and beyond. - 12/30/2012 8:12:54 AM
  • CANDO20K
    The analogy with a plane taking off, is inspiring me to change in 2013.
    Thanks!
    Happy New Year! - 12/30/2012 12:14:00 AM
  • One thing I don't see on this list or many others that are trying to help folks be successful is to be HONEST. We may be able to fudge the truth on our exercises or intake, but in the end, the truth will show on the scales or other areas that "just don't seem to be working". Even the word "CHEAT" has been accepted as a norm and a part of the plan. Sorry, CHEATING is CHEATING. If one truly wants success, they need to be HONEST with themselves and others. - 10/15/2012 2:23:08 PM

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