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I find that if I get busy for a few days and miss my SparkTime I begin to feel discouraged. It would be so easy to just forget about it and fall back into my old habits. But then I login to Spark, read afew success stories, catch up on my friends, and before you know it I am ready to dig in and get moving again. So if you are feeling discouraged, just login and Spark will come to the rescue!!!
It sounds simplistic, but it's true! Before I joined SP, if you told me I would like the elliptical, using Kettlebells and would even own a pair of boxing gloves (Susan G Komen pink!), I would be sure you were nuts! But I love trying these things. (Some day I will even be good at them!)
My husband and I recently put into practice a tip we read on lifehacker. We invite friends over to motivate us to keep our apartment clean and organized. An hour or so before they arrive, we start dusting, picking up, & putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Since many friends have mild allergies to our pets, we vacuum and organize the medicine cabinet to find the Zyrtec and eye drops. It also motivates me to scrub down the bathroom real quick - my most dreaded chore.
Setting up shop with the food journal takes time, but once you've made lists of "favorites" and "food groupings", it can usually be done in less than 10 minutes a day. Once selected, the groupings can easily altered by adding or subtracting a food to that particular meal.
For those just starting out, little things make the difference. The basis of the 500 Step Rule is to take 500 steps every time you get up, as soon as you wake up, before you sit back down, before you eat a meal, etc. This is especially easy if you own a pedometer. If you don't, just walk for 5-10 minutes at a consistent pace. Aim for a total of 5000 steps the first few days of doing this, then increase the number every day until you are consistently walking 10000+ steps each and every day.