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

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Track your food intake accurately and don't cheat

Put everything you eat into the SP nutrition tracker as accurately as possible. You can lie to yourself or others about what you eat, but your body knows about every calorie that you eat. If you don't track your food accurately, you won't make the correct food choices that will allow you to be su...

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DO IT AFRAID

When you feel like you just don't want to exercise and/or eat right.....do it anyway......get STARTED.....do it even if you are afraid it's not going to work. Get rid of the negative!!!

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Pick 1 Thing

Pick 1 small change and stick to it for 6 weeks than make another change.

Examples:

Park at the back of the parking lot and walk more
Take the stairs
Walk at lunch
Modify your groceries (No more snack cakes or chips or cookies)
Eat a piece of fruit every day

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Size Does Matter (at least to me)

In the beginning when I started measuring & weighing all foods my plate looked totally empty. As a result I felt deprived. After the first few months of enthusiasm wore off measuring began to take on "heaping", Not to let my progress slip, I purchased (over time) smaller plates: 9" with a 1.5" ri...

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Track it Early

I enter my Breakfast and Lunch nutritional report before preparing dinner, then adjust the menu plans to meet my goals for the day. This helps me make better choices.

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Stop making excuses

I have had every excuse under the sun for not exercising or not eating right. None of them matter. What matters is being healthy, even when there is "no time" or "my asthma is bad" or "I like eating out" It's time to just do it because you have to start somewhere!

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Recipe for Success

Ingredients: Spark People, Strength training, Cardio, Blogging, Goals, Setbacks (yes, everyone has them).
Directions: Mix all ingredients and allow them time to blend together. Set oven temperature for fat burning. Place on a baking sheet and spread all ingredients evenly until it's ready. Once i...

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1 Change at a time

Recognizing that this is a journey and not a sprint is a key component of making this a lifetime change and not simply a diet. In order to make this stick, take it one change at a time. When I first started I went all in giving up junk food, working out twice a day and I quickly failed! When I star...

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Getting started..... Again

Many times we find ourselves getting off track and having to reinvent a way to start over again... next Monday, next month, the beginning of the next season. Rather than thinking of it as starting over again, consider recommitting to yourself EACH DAY!

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Change

Remember this is a LIFESTYLE change. don't change anything you don't want to stick to for the long term.

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