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spark stages helped me lose 200+ pounds

I get asked what I did to loose so much weight....I started by using the spark stages, just followed them, some seemed a bit silly but did it any way, it gave me a good foundation to my healthy life style, the weight came off, I was never really hungry and I'm sp very proud to say today I am 200+ po...

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Go get that Ice Cream... just don't bring it home.

Sometimes you just plain want ice cream (or candy or cake or pie) and you want it bad. My suggestion is to go to the ice cream shop and get a dip or to the bakery and get one piece of cake. Buy one serving, eat it and be done with it. If I buy a carton or make a cake I end of eating all of it.

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Think of your Calories as a Budget

The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.

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Permission to Fail, Not to Quit

I am going to have good and bad days. I do not flog myself over every little misstep, but I also know that giving up is not an option and accountability is key. I note where I fail (and my responsibility in that failure) and make a measurable plan to help avoid that situation in the future.

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Nutrition Tracker

For me, the Nutrition Tracker feature is THE single most effective tool on SparkPeople.

When fully utilized, this feature will surprise and amaze you when you realize how many wasted calories are taken in each day.

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Increase water intake

In the past when I have hit plateaus, I increased my water intake by 1-8 oz cup a day, and the scale started moving again...

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