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

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one day at a time

don't worry about yesterday, or tomorrow. just eat healthy and exercise and be positive one day at a time

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Don't be shy; we're all here for you!

Using the message boards and sparkteams is an invaluable way to gain emotional support when you're just starting and getting used to the site and your new lifestyle.

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Jump

Just do it. It sounds very Nike, I know, but that's what it really comes down to. Just start

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Determination

My determination to succeed, Was my state of mind before starting. SP has given me the tools, motivation, encouragement and the knowledge to help keep my determination successful.

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dont take it in all at once turtle aproach about everything

take it all at once might be overwelming 4 a sparker who has alot to lose. my moto when i started was something is better then nothing. i made little changes for the first few weeks. everyweek i add something to it . 1st week just tracked what i ate 4 few days in a week. i do it now w/out thinking.

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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.

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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...the...

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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