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Fake it 'til you Make It

I'm not a big fan of exercise, I typically don't get that "runner's high" until after I've cooled down. So for me getting motivated to get out and walk or run is very difficult. I've found that when I'm starting out if I pretend that I enjoy it or fake liking it I'm more motivated to get going. I do this long enough and eventually I start looking forward to my exercising.
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- Submitted by BURNSBJ 7/13/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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start small build up

I started back today I did several small 5 min work outs today while my coffee was being brewed and my breakfast cooking . Yes, it was only 83 calories burned,but that was 83 I did not burn in the previous mornings. it is a start & I feel good about myself!!

- Submitted by JUDYAMK 4/28/2014 in Getting Started | 3 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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Water!

I have a 20 ounce water bottle that goes EVERYWHERE with me! If water is always on hand, it's much easier to remember to drink it. I also will make sure I finish the bottle before a meal/snack so that I'm a little less hungry when I eat something.

- Submitted by JES_VARNER 9/6/2013 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Taking off the mask.

Hit the re-start button a month ago. But, this is a different feeling this go around. I dropped the pretentions of being able to conquer these bad habits of poor food choices and why I make the emotional choices. I decided to take the mask off and ask for help. I googled how to stop cravings for sugars and breads, two of my biggest weaknesses. No more sugar drinks and bread for 30 days. And no beef after lunch. Wow ten pounds came off, woohoo! I started exercising by walking.

- Submitted by PRETTYGMA6 9/4/2013 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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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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Running Reports at End of Day

Always run your report at the end of day, double check your food entries. I entered one item 4 TIMES, 'SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE 0.13 CUP." it was supposed to be entered x2, but not x4. Wow what a relief after I erased 2 of those!!
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- Submitted by PATRUCK42 8/8/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Find a plan and stick to it - no matter what your brain says. =)

As you start to make changes in your fitness and your nutrition your mind WILL rebel on you. Those voices in your head are what has kept you from losing weight (or gaining it back) in the past. Find a balanced plan that appeals to you and follow it - no excuses. You will find success! =)

- Submitted by ONESTRONGSIREN 8/16/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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