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The secret of "your" success

In order for you to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

- Submitted by MISSY306 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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MY TOP TEN

1) have faith
2) walk daily (with dogs)
3) add frozen juice cubes to water
4) eat breakfast of protien, fruit/veg and oatmeal
5) declutter house (improves mood)
6) log on to SP daily
7) track food intake
8) garden
9) appreciate the weather
10) declare war on cravings...they are the enemy

- Submitted by GRAMMACATHY 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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Short Term Goals

Setting short term goals lets you celebrate your journey each step of the way. Each time you reach a goal....set another one. This will motivated you to push yourself a little more each time to ultimately reach your final goal successfully.

- Submitted by MOTOXMOM40 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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You have to do it for yourself!

My entire life having people tell me that I was 'too fat', or I would be so pretty if I just lost a few pounds. I have realized that this has to be for ME, and not because everyone else wants me to, or because it would make THEM feel better! Now I am focusing on me, and am finally succeeding!

- Submitted by CS4JWS 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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The Long and Short of it

Have a Long term goal (ie; I want to lose 100 lbs. so I can dance at my sons wedding in two years).
Then a Short Term goal...I want to lose 4 lbs a month. To do so I choose to eat more healthfully and increase my fitness level.
Now you are on your way!!! emoticon

- Submitted by KARAND1 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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Set a lower weight loss rate

If staying in calorie range is the most difficult part of your journey, try setting a lower weight-loss rate so you will have a higher calorie range. Adjusting your goal from 2 lb/week to 1 lb/week makes is so you can eat approximately 500 more calories per day!

- Submitted by JESJES 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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the turtle approach

when i decided the time had come for some much needed lifestyle change, i knew it would be a difficult process. i call it the turtle approach. it has only 2 components: (1) eat more of the healthy stuff, less of the not so healthy AND (2) move more every day. it's not complex - it works for me.

- Submitted by IOWAGAL1957 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Gradually Reduce Calories

Don't try to do everything all at once. I knew that cutting my calories drastically would sabotage my efforts. So I tracked my normal eating for two weeks and then gradually reduced calories and increased water each week until I was used to eating within my calorie range.

- Submitted by BWCAGRL 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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LOG YOUR FOOD

I know a lot of people do not want to count calories. I used to be one of them. Using the Nutrition Tracker is essential to learning what you eat and where you need to change.

- Submitted by KATHY_NATURELVR 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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Just Do Something

I know it sound simple, but you have to start somewhere, you don't have to wait for everything to get perfect before you start we will never start. You can always make that choice to not eat that next bite you know you shouldn't, or not drink that pop. Go outside and walk around the block.

- Submitted by MOMFAN 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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