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Just for Today

I have to think in terms of one day at a time. Just today, I'm going to have a glass of water instead of soda. That's one more glass than I had yesterday. Just today, I'm going to go for a walk. Then, tomorrow, I'll remember how good it felt to get out for ten minutes at lunch and walk and I'll have that glass of water again and it turns to habit- a healthy habit. I can't put a deadline on losing weight bc when I slip up even once or twice, I get disappointed and give up.

- Submitted by EMILYH1283 9/11/2012 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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NOW!

When you are planning on starting a new routine or you are going to restart a routine that got "blown out of the water"... do it NOW! don't wait for Monday or tomorrow morning or the beginning of the month. Start where you have the idea... that's the time when the motivation is the strongest and you will have the best success.

- Submitted by CEKER9 1/1/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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Start with small goals.

I like to start with a few small goals.....like drinking more water, no soda, increasing fruits/veg's. In the past I have put too much focus on the number on the scale and let unrealistic goals defeat my initial enthusiasm. I did not gain all this weight in a few weeks or months.

- Submitted by MAMACMAY 1/3/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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Put Yourself First!

Start a daily "to do" list and make sure you are in the top three spots. The sooner you start out this way, the easier it will become to start putting yourself first, without feeling guilty. Make exercise a top priority, as well as preparing your healthy snacks or meals for the day. Women especially tend to place everybody and everything else before themselves leaving no time in the day left for exercise or relaxation. Start making yourself, mind, body, and spirit a top priority!

- Submitted by HAPPLYEVERAFTER 2/16/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Getting your water on

An easy way to drink 8 glasses of water a day is to get a tall glass which holds 500 ml or 16 floz. Drink one when you wake up in the morning, another before lunch, again before dinner. Thats 6 down, just two more to go throughout the day and whilee exercising and your done.

- Submitted by DEEZU76 3/11/2013 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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Every Day is Day One

Any time I messed up when working towards a goal, it was too easy to quit. "Well, I already failed, one more soda won't make much difference." Now I remind myself, "Every day is day one." Had a soda yesterday? Today is day one. Today I can keep trying.

- Submitted by GHOSTOFJANE 6/6/2013 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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Pre-pack your dry snacks

Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!

You can also fit a serving of nuts into a plastic Easter egg!

However you do it, and whatever your dry snack, you will be prepared to grab one and go.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/26/2013 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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No Matter How you Feel Get Determined

No matter how tired you feel, take time to do at least a 5 min. Spark a day. 5 minutes will turn in to 10 min. and longer workouts.

- Submitted by TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/19/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Walking with Leslie Sansone!

Walkathome dvd's with Leslie Sansone are great for beginners to advanced walkers. You set your own pace and miles. She is so motivating and energetic that the miles go by so fast! You can also go on her site and walk to her online videos. No purchase needed.

- Submitted by HAPPLYEVERAFTER 1/25/2013 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Plan ahead

I plan my workouts ahead of time which helps me keep on track.

- Submitted by JNC1963 1/26/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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