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10 minute Movement Breaks

When I first started just 2 months ago I was SOOOO unfit. Just walking from the parking lot into the building I work in was enough. So I started parking at the far end of the parking lot and walking the long way in. I made a point at break time to just go out and walk around my building ONCE. By incorporating just two 10-minute movement breaks into my daily schedule everyday I started to see a difference. Now I can walk a mile at a time and look forward to those breaks! You can do it too!

- Submitted by REALTYLADYLISA 8/6/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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First Track Then Eat

Before eating use your Spark Tracker to find out the nutritional numbers and know the calories you are about to consume. If the numbers are too high then make a different, healthier choice.

- Submitted by MOMALDERMAN1 7/7/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Give yourself a Goodie

Every time you succeed in doing something you struggle with doing (EX. exercising, drinking daily quota of water, avoiding fattening foods) give yourself a Spark Goodie and send a message telling yourself how proud you are of your accomplishment.

- Submitted by MOMALDERMAN1 7/1/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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10 at a X

Ten at a time! Just ten minutes a day will help you build a healthy habit towards exercise!

You can do this anywhere, anytime. Speed walking for 10 minutes, treadmill for 10 minutes, heavy cleaning for 10 minutes, climbing steps for 10 minutes, jogging in place or jump jacks....the possibilities are endless. It all adds up to a healthy lifestyle.

Some may argue that this doesn't help with weight-loss but what we want to aim towards is building a healthy habit in our lives.

- Submitted by SWANATOPIA 5/27/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Get your brain out of the way!

Getting started with exercise isn't as hard as we make it. We need to quit thinking about what we can and can't do. Stop thinking about when or where. Just get up and DO something. All your brain does is limit your body's potential.

- Submitted by BIGPAWSUP 10/10/2012 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Taking Notes

Making use of the Notes section at the bottom of the trackers has helped me to keep track of the lessons I am learning in my first weeks of SparkPeople. I'm treating this as a science experiment so as to not deter myself from progress. By taking notes without judgment, I'm able to see and break patterns. This week I have noticed I am over my daily allowance on weekends and during special events. Now I can plan alternative snacks and be prepared the next time I am at an event or on the weekends.

- Submitted by _JUNIP_ 8/20/2012 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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Just get dressed!

Even if you feel like you just can't exercise today, put on your workout clothes. 9 times out of 10, you'll feel better and go on and exercise than if you just sat around dreading it!

- Submitted by ASTERYA 7/29/2012 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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So much to do and change, how do I even start!

emoticon seems overwhelming doesn't it?! I started little by little, VERY little by little. I replaced half a spoon of sugar 1 week at a time.

I replaced one soda and one coffee with 1 water. Finally a year later I drink NO soda/pop/. I eat no McDonalds and I've managed to cut all excess sugar and coffee out of my diet.

I STILL drink coffee and a tiny bit with sugar but I've lost 5 inches of my waist and 3 pounds.

- Submitted by HOLLYGARZA 5/16/2012 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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Birthday Cake Alternative!

Instead of buying a full size cake for my birthday yesterday, friends bought cake pops! Perfect! Gave me the feeling of a treat but a much smaller size and no feeling of deprivation that may have caused me overeat later on a different occasion (we've been there/done that before, right?).

Same calories- i know- BUT by choosing to buy only the quantity you need when you order there are no tempting leftovers!!! So thankful!

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- Submitted by MESHAGIGGLES 5/9/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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See Yourself at Your Goal

Visualizing your goal can help you achieve it. Actually *seeing* it is even better! I Photoshop'd a picture of my face on an athlete's body, printed it, and look at it when I don't feel motivated to exercise or if I'm tempted to eat something I shouldn't. Knowing what I *could* look like, if I stick with it, is really motivating! emoticon

- Submitted by ASLNERD 1/11/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Mindsets and Motivation

The secret to keeping weight off, is in our decision to lose weight in the first place. I find I have to get in the right mindset to lose weight. That mindset is normally "That's it I've had enough, its time to do something for me".
Then something clicks, I think its the pain of carry weight as well as the pleasure of reaching my new goal, that spurs me on.
The main thing is that once I get to "that's enough" I know my mindset and my motivation are set for success

- Submitted by DONNATORA 12/12/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Breathe

This new adventure has probably left you both excited and nervous...Remember to just breathe, enjoy learning new things, and have fun.

- Submitted by WITCHYROSE 11/5/2011 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Getting Your Mind on Target

Watch a video or look at a member success page on Sparkpeople every day.

- Submitted by VALEREL 8/12/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Motivation...

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight" ~ Proverb

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 7/17/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Counting for Accountability

What I found really helped me was to Blog EVERY DAY about the challenges that I overcame that day. It didn't matter if I wasn't perfect for the day. My focus was the one or two challenges that I was successful with! I did this for 130 days in a row! By being committed to blogging it made me come to Spark daily and then I'd "roam" around and all those things would help me keep going! I need to get back to that! Wanna join me? Today is Day #1 :)

- Submitted by DEETHEDIETITIAN 6/23/2011 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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Water Bottles

If you're having a hard trouble drinking your 8 cups of water a day, try using a water bottle! It may not seem like it makes much of a difference, but it does. Depending on the size, you don;t have to refill the bottle as much as a cup, you can take it everywhere(car, purse,etc.), and don't have to worry about it spilling. It's also much easier to keep track of. I have a 20oz bottle, so after having 2 bottles, I can say that's 5 cups, instead of counting each cup individually.

- Submitted by HOPE24718 6/20/2011 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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Being Able to Eat Healthier Throughout the Day

The earlier you workout in the day...the easier it is for you to not want to waste burning all those calories on a high fat snack, lunch, dinner or dessert.

- Submitted by MB79MB 6/16/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Picking a Pasta Packet!

They're convenient, cheap, fast and easy to make... We've all grabbed them off the shelf and served them up for dinner!

This takes 5 extra seconds but can save you SO many calories... When picking a packet, simply look at the "needed ingredients".. Most will say that you will need to add "water, milk or butter"... Try and buy the ones that only need water and butter! Milk contains WAY more calories than you realize and there are plenty of other ways to get your calcium!
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- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 6/10/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Bring that Ice Cream scoop out of hybernation!

An Ice cream scoop doesn't need to JUST be used on ice cream! It's a great way to portion control things like: Mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese, even desserts!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 6/4/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Don't SUPER-SIZE.... MUFFIN-SIZE!

You can bake just about ANYTHING in a muffin tin and they are a PERFECT portion size! Making a meatloaf? Do it in individual servings! Baking Mac-n-Cheese and don't want to eat the whole pan (like me)? It's CONTROL in a CUP!

- Submitted by SINGLEMOM34 6/3/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Just get your foot in (or out) the door

On days that you feel really tired or just don't want to work out, tell yourself that you only need to be at the gym for 5 minutes, or say "I'll just do a five minute run," (or whatever your exercise of choice is). You'll be a lot more likely to start an exercise when it'll only take 5 minutes, and chances are that once you start, you'll keep going until you get a full workout in.
Some days, just getting started is the hardest part of a workout.

- Submitted by MAGDACHRISTY 5/5/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Try Something you Think you Don't Like

I avoided running at ALL costs (even when I was 110 pounds and 14 years old.) I hated the out of breath feeling, but I started a 5 training program to increase my endurance, and guess what.... I actually like running. I'm not out in freezing temps or the rain I'm not THAT into it, but I like my treadmill or a short trail walk/run. I never thought I would, but once I learned HOW, and accepted it was a process I have loved it.

- Submitted by CYNNANE 4/2/2011 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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For ravenous days

On days I am ravenous I make cabbage soup. I can eat a cup every hour or two without increasing my calories. I feel full all day. Counts as 1 vegetable serving.

- Submitted by CLIMBERS_ROCK 3/7/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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my Story

I have went from 398lbs to 263.2 lbs since 2006.
That sounds like a long time, but the weight didn't go on over night and it doesn't *safely* go off over night either.
I have used sparks nutritional and fitness trackers, and getting involved in a sparks team, having support of others is a great help. I watch what I eat, I cook all natural and whole foods, I do not use pre packaged foods.
Fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats, beans, nuts..
Eat to live, DON'T live to eat! emoticon

- Submitted by TL_ROTTMAN 2/20/2011 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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10 Minutes at a time

When first starting after living a sedentary lifestyle, setting up a workout regime seems so overwhelming let alone doing it. Start with dedicating 10 minutes to cardio and go from there. If you made it to the 10 minutes and still feel great, go another 10 minutes and so on. If you gave all that you can and are exhausted, then you can stop knowing you fulfilled your goal of 10 minutes of exercise.

- Submitted by AROSEE87 2/9/2011 in Getting Started | 6 Comments
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