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Food is food! And nothing more.

Before i started my healthy lifestyle, i used to treat food as either a friend or an enemy. Its when i learned to approach food as what it really is - nutrition, that i managed to incorporate my new eatinghabits!

- Submitted by BLABLA71 6/11/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Create your "destination map" and plan your virtual trip

Set a goal, then plan the action steps to reach it.
Pretend the goal is a destination and determine the time or distance to reach it. Then pull out your calendar and break down the "journey" into small, manageable steps.
Even plan for "rest stops" which can be days off or plateaus. This will give you a daily plan and help keep you motivated to stay on track. Whether it's weight, a race, or quitting a bad habit - YOU CAN DO IT WITH SOME PLANNING AND SUPPORT!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 12/15/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Detect patterns through journaling and calendar notes

The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 11/12/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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Tea Instead of Snacks

Try drinking herbal tea instead of having dessert after dinner or snacking at night. It became a new routine for me and definitely helped me lose 120 pounds.

- Submitted by GIANTMICROBE 11/11/2010 in Healthy Eating | 9 Comments
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Kick the Soda!

I used to think I could never go without a soda. Just thinking about not ever drinking a soda again would make me crave it even more. It was actually a lot easier than I thought, to kick. I mainly drink water and one cup of coffee a day.
If I want a soda, I split one with my fiancÚ, so I still get the taste, but I get half the calories.

Since I quit drinking soda I lost 4 labs in a week and a half! Imagine the possibilities! emoticon

- Submitted by ERICA_NICOLE83 9/3/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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21 Days

They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit. But I realized by day 15, those cookies everyone was eating in the office wasn't really something I wanted or desired to eat. Whatever it is you want to achieve, if you can make it 21 days without cheating or slipping, you are golden! =D

- Submitted by MCINTYRECB 8/17/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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Create new habits

Pick 1 specific goal (etc to do 10 minutes exercise every day), set a time (when I get home from work) and a place - be specific so that it's measureable. Do this for a month then increase by 10 minutes. Stick to 1 goal at a time or it won't become a habit!! Do too much and you lose track.

- Submitted by CANDZJAY 7/15/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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SparkSummary Calendar to detect trends

I use the SparkSummary Calendar found in My Trackers; Reports; Weights and Other Reports; My SparkSummary Calendar to notice trends in eating and exercise. If I don't lose as much as I think I should I look at my patterns to determine how I can adjust for even more success! emoticon

- Submitted by FEADHEAD 6/25/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 7 Comments
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Every single day of your life, Exercise!!

I exercise every single day, planned and at gym or impromptu dance, it ALL counts!! Make a commitment to exercise every day, track on your fitness tracker, build the habit faster, take the guesswork/procrastination out of 'should I or not today' YES, you do it EVERY single blessed day :D emoticon

- Submitted by YSLETA 6/4/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments
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Plan for the workout!

Get up, get dressed in your workout gear and go for it. Make it a habit just like morning coffee!

- Submitted by LIBRA73 5/15/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Portion - Snack Size Bags - As Soon As You Get Home

Whenever I buy a snack, for example, almonds, I weigh out and pre-package multiple snack size bags so I can just grab and go. Depending on the snack, I'll do 3-5 bags at a time. I'll throw one them in the car, purse, etc. When I'm out, I'll have something to keep me satisfied instead fast food.

- Submitted by SAVANNAHJESSICA 4/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is one of the most important habits we can form. When the dark clouds of worry, despair, anger, depression and helplessness hang over our heads, being able to express gratitude for something or someone will boost our attitudes. It will enhance a good mood too!!

- Submitted by 1888MICHELLE 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Be a habit rabbit!

When I look at other people who seem to find fitness easy I remind myself that they are just the same as me and not superhuman.
The only difference between me and them is that they have already made fitness a habit.

When something's habitual you don't have to think about it, it just happens!

- Submitted by FLETCHERCAT78 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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