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

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Track every bite

Today I tracked a marshmallow. A single little marshmallow that I carelessly popped in my mouth. It is easy to leave little things like that off. Track every bite and nibble. The more aware, the more accountable, the easier it is to change.

- Submitted by HSCROGGINS1 6/10/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Every Day is Day One

Any time I messed up when working towards a goal, it was too easy to quit. "Well, I already failed, one more soda won't make much difference." Now I remind myself, "Every day is day one." Had a soda yesterday? Today is day one. Today I can keep trying.

- Submitted by GHOSTOFJANE 6/6/2013 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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Something that works for me

I am a picky eater and horrible at being consistent about working out. So I've began to walk or do some type of exercises when I get munchy.

- Submitted by SOFTKITTY81 5/15/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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I am just getting started in SP, and I love it, this kourney I know will not be as hard as I originally thought emoticon

- Submitted by LADYLUCK72 5/6/2013 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Pre-pack your dry snacks

Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!

You can also fit a serving of nuts into a plastic Easter egg!

However you do it, and whatever your dry snack, you will be prepared to grab one and go.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/26/2013 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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Getting your water on

An easy way to drink 8 glasses of water a day is to get a tall glass which holds 500 ml or 16 floz. Drink one when you wake up in the morning, another before lunch, again before dinner. Thats 6 down, just two more to go throughout the day and whilee exercising and your done.

- Submitted by KITTIKES 3/11/2013 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Track something

Set yourself up for success by tracking something. It is OK to start slowly. It builds habits.

- Submitted by HPSANDDOLLAR 3/6/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Do a little more

I always try to do just a little more than before... in everything. Examples: I used to brush my teeth leaning on the counter. One day, I made a conscious decision to remain standing upright, the next day I started moving my feet while I brushed. When I'm working out on the treadmill, I try to stay at a higher speed/elevation longer than the last time, even if it's just 30 seconds longer. This way I can become more active in the little things I do and continue to push myself!

- Submitted by DANI-N 3/5/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Find Your Passion

If you want to stick with an exercise plan, my advice to you is find something that you are passionate about. It may take you a while to find it, but I guarantee you will find it. I never exercised on a regular basis as an adult. I started swimming. Got up to 70 laps a day. But I didn't enjoy it. I dreaded geting in that pool. I started Zumba classes in Nov. Finally I found it! Something that excites me. I've never said this before, but I can't wait to exercise now. Zumba! My passion.

- Submitted by TIME-4-TINA 2/21/2013 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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Put Yourself First!

Start a daily "to do" list and make sure you are in the top three spots. The sooner you start out this way, the easier it will become to start putting yourself first, without feeling guilty. Make exercise a top priority, as well as preparing your healthy snacks or meals for the day. Women especially tend to place everybody and everything else before themselves leaving no time in the day left for exercise or relaxation. Start making yourself, mind, body, and spirit a top priority!

- Submitted by HAPPLYEVERAFTER 2/16/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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