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Focus on what you can add, not what you have to give up!

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.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 9/16/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments
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Chin Up

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.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 9/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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If You're Happy And You Know It...

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!

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/16/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Find A Spark Buddy!

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.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/15/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 3 Comments
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Eat More Oatmeal!

I just learned in my Nutrition class that the fiber in oatmeal binds to bile during the digestion process. Every bowl of oatmeal you eat will literally flush cholesterol right out of your body.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/10/2010 in Staying Healthy | 9 Comments
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Keep Exercise Entertaining

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!

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/8/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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"Share" Your Spark!

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!

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/7/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Calories

Calories themselves aren't necessarily the enemy. Empty calories are.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 8/5/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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