Secrets of Success

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Go Public

Perhaps one of the most uncomfortable parts of my journey was going public, but sharing my journey with others has been a linchpin in my success. Sharing ups and downs with Spark friends and family has been important for keeping me on track and motivated to succeed.

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Set Realistic Goals

One key to my success is setting realistic goals. On the first of each month, I set 5-6 goals I work to achieve during the month, as well as a few long-term goals. I also revisit the goals from the prior month to reflect on my progress. Writing down my goals in this way gives me a target to aim for ...

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Shop While You Drop and Support a Charity

I like to dress for the body I have, not the body I had. So it's important to be able to buy new clothes as I change sizes. But that can also be really expensive.

My solution is to shop at resale stores. My favorite spot is a Christian non-profit organization that raises money from selling d...

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Focus on what you are adding, not what you are taking away

Focusing on the healthy lifestyle choices I am adding, such as drinking lots of water, eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and getting daily exercise, helps keep me much more motivated than focusing on what I am taking away. My lifestyle is then not about deprivation but about making good ...

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Consistency

Consistency is the "secret" to weight loss success. For my journey, setting reasonable daily goals and sticking to them consistently has kept me steadily climbing toward my goal.

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Exercise is Key

My daily exercise routine is definitely a key to my success. Although it's certainly possible to lose weight by "dieting" alone, it is my daily morning walk that is going to give me a nice booty when I reach my goal.

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Simple Storage for Leftovers

I always cook extra portions and store leftovers in Hefty One-Zip storage bags. They take up very little room in the refrigerator and can be rinsed and reused or tossed after use.

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Document Your Journey

Document every step of your journey by taking pictures, writing in a journal, blogging, etc. As you work toward your goal, your journey will be a source of inspiration on the tougher days. And it will become a testament to your determination when you get to the finish line.

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Create a no-excuses daily exercise routine

For me, the secret of success is creating a no-excuses daily exercise routine that is not tied to equipment, videos, or a gym. Something that can be done at home any day of the week.

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