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When you're first starting out, it's best not to focus on what you have to give up - your favorite foods, your TV time, etc. Instead, spend the first week or so adding things - more water, more sleep, more fruits & veggies. Then slowly start focusing on what you need to give up. By adding first, you won't feel as much like you're depriving yourself.
Everyone will experience bad days, weeks, months, and even years. But keep in mind that life can quickly change for the better just as fast as it can change for the worse. Keep working on making yourself healthier, and you'll be happier than you would have been otherwise.
Clap your hands! No, really, I'm serious. Clap your hands, do a silly dance, let out a primal YAWP! You're on an amazing journey, and you should be feeling great about yourself, even if you have had a few slips here and there. Go on, clap!
While the SparkPeople.com site is a wonderful tool for finding teams and communities to help with your goals, it is worth taking the effort to find a SparkBuddy. Having that one person that you can rely on to share advice, encouragement, and laughter with makes all the difference in the world.
There's no law that says that exercise has to be done in a vacuum. If you exercise at home, go ahead and leave the tv on, as long as you don't get too distracted. At the gym, if music doesn't do it for you, try an audiobook. Get lost in a good story, and next thing you know you've biked 20 miles!
If you use Facebook, make use of all the "share" buttons on the SP pages you use. Keeping your friends and family up to date on your journey is not only beneficial to you, but you could be surprised at the people you just might inspire!
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