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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

- Submitted by 7DWORPS 5/18/2010 in Weight Loss | 21 Comments

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Start every day fresh

Start each and every day like it's the first day of your diet. You get a second chance to start all over each and every day. You start each day with a fresh slate. Don't worry about what you did yesterday. You can do it!!!

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- Submitted by ADDI1255 8/16/2010 in Motivation | 16 Comments

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Just Do Something!

Everyone has those days where they just don't feel like working out -- and we all can come up with a list of reasons why we should skip the days workout. Instead of talking yourself out of it, just do something. Even if it's just a walk around the block!

- Submitted by SP_TMETZNER 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 57 Comments

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Workout in the morning

Get up an hour early and get moving. You can go to the gym or go for a run...whatever suits you. Try to prep anything you need the night before (pack your gym bag, organize the clothes you're wearing the following day, put out a quick morning snack).

- Submitted by GRANTM 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 112 Comments

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Be Cheap! View daily calories as cash, NOT an unlimited credit card!

View your daily calories as the amount of cash you have in your wallet; NOT an unlimited credit card!

Limit calorie spending to the amount of cash you PRE planned to spend. Eat filling foods that are low cost/cal. Don't waste calorie money on junk that leaves you w/ buyers' remorse & extra pounds.

And count EVERYTHING; it's easy to nickel & dime yourself out of your weight loss.

Bonus: intentional movement & exercise become money in the bank!

Live cheaply, spend wisely, be healthy.

- Submitted by HELLOKITTYSPARK 11/15/2010 in Weight Loss | 20 Comments

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Push the reset button

Bad day? Blow your calories? No problem. You can push the reset button anytime. If I've gone off track, whether it's for a month or a meal, I literally stop, take a moment to breathe deeply, and imagine myself pushing a giant RESET button. The image lets me release what I've done and move forward.

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 4/2/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 25 Comments

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More, not less

I've broken more plateaus more quickly by eating more rather than less. Borne of discouragement - "If this isn't working, I quit!" - I've found that if I eat a little more over the week, even treat myself a time or two, and that jiggles my metabolism back into losing. Works every time!

- Submitted by ALYSONL 4/14/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 29 Comments

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Log in daily!

Make it a habit to log in to SparkPeople first thing every morning and collect as many SparkPoints as possible. It'll get you involved in every area of this amazing site and help keep you motivated!

- Submitted by 4MYBOYSANDSELF 3/29/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 34 Comments

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selfishness and stubborness

my keys to success have been - being selfish enough to care about myself and put myself first, and being stubborn enough to stick to my plan and with my goals to ensure my success

- Submitted by SHIPESTA 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 41 Comments

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Pounds and Pressure

For every pound you lose, you take 4 lbs of pressure off from your knees!

- Submitted by MISTYSMOM06 7/11/2010 in Exercise | 63 Comments
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