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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Start walking every day.

I would procrastinate about walking every morning. Now I just do it before I do anything else in the morning and it is done!

- Submitted by GRATEFUL_DAWN 4/7/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Old School European mentality

When my husband would come home from a hard day's work, I had that old school European mentality to feed him to his heart's content, and I'd be right there beside him eating the same amount! UNTIL we got his blood tests results! I thought I was taking care of my love by preparing healthy foods. What I didn't realize was the portion sizes were killing us. Now I am measuring and/or weighing everything on a scale to make sure we dont go over one serving, as well as checking our nutrition stats.

- Submitted by COLMCD 3/26/2014 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Running with my Great Niece

Trying to keep up with and not go too fast with my three year old niece emoticon

- Submitted by DOGFIGHT2 3/24/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Mind games

Make sure your mind is in the right place before you start. If you aren't really ready, all your efforts won't matter. Also, take a before photo of yourself and put it somewhere prominent. That is the best motivation! emoticon

- Submitted by ELDRIDGEH 3/19/2014 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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eating

eating smaller meals more frequently

- Submitted by SHERRYWILSON 3/3/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Brushing teeth right after eating

After I have something to eat, I brush my teeth right away. That way after having a minty, clean mouth, I don't want to mess it up with anything like chocolate, or a salty snack. It just won't taste the same. And why brush your teeth if you're just going to eat something else, right? That also gives me time to get over the craving I have right after a meal, for something sweet to... 'top it off'.

- Submitted by SIERRAGOLD 2/26/2014 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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get dressed

get up in the mornings and get dressed down to the shoes. it is so easy to just lie around and waste the day if I stay in pj. and harder to get motivated to do anything if I still have to get dressed. get dressed before I leave my bedroom and I am ready to move around that day/

- Submitted by FAIRYFANTASY 12/29/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Have a support system

Once I was more involved with Sparkpeople, I picked up on more motivation by reading stories and interacting with other members. Some of my worst days became my best because of my Spark friends!! emoticon

- Submitted by LADYBUG4869 10/17/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Prepare to Start

Start by preparation. Clean out the 'bad' food, read the Getting Started secrets, pinpoint your stumbling blocks and form a strategy to deal with them. Read articles on nutrition, fitness, wellness and motivation. Find common ground teams to join. Don't whine about what you need to do - face it head on and enjoy the journey. It is a wonderful one! emoticon

- Submitted by NENATO2 9/25/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Small steps are still steps forward.

Take it one day, or even one meal at a time. And start small. Maybe you add one additional serving of fruit or veggies per day. Maybe you start exercising in 10 minute increments. I found that once I hit a monthly number of fitness minutes, I want to match that or increase it by say 100 minutes the next month. emoticon

- Submitted by KYOUNGS71 9/20/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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