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Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep to drop the weight

I didn't realize that I was hindering my own success by not getting enough rest. At first I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should drink more water." The weight came off slowly, but when I actually started going to bed at a decent hour the weight dropped off with the quickness!!!!

- Submitted by KWANLEEONE 3/31/2011 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments
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In it for the long haul

To keep with my healthy program, I had to concede that this was a lifestyle change emoticon I've had to put away the four letter word, diet. It's not a diet-it's permanent. It's about me making good choices so that I'll live a healthier life and hopefully be around to see my grandchildren grow up. Part I: watch what I eat; stop eating junk! Part II: Exercise at least 5 days a week. Part III: If I have a setback, don't sweat it; get up dust off my pants and get back on the horse!

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/17/2011 in Staying Healthy | 5 Comments
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I know my WHY

If I don't change how I live it will diminish the quality of my life. My emotional wellness is too valuable to be bought with a cheap eat. I'm worth changing for, and I can change! emoticon

- Submitted by SHAWNEDA 1/26/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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DON'T DIET!

DON'T DIET - adopt a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle does not have a “finish line.” It is what you do for the rest of your life and it lets you KEEP your results for life...

- Submitted by BEMORESTUBBORN 1/17/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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No matter how many times you think you've failed ....

You can try again really you can. I had just about given up trying to lose this excess weight. Looking for the miracle answer I didn't know where to turn. Finally after realizing I had the answer right in front of me in my living room. I have all the books based upon The Biggest Loser plan and I started reading them. I realized that actually reading about a full lifestyle change plan then implementing it is the thing that works. The key is not just to be motivated by need to get healthy but ....

- Submitted by ABALANCEDNEWME 9/5/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Just Stop

Sometimes, when I'm eating, and it doesn't matter what it is, I, sometimes, just stop...because something in me has triggered and told me that I was full and no longer hungry. It tells me to stop. And you know what? I do.

- Submitted by MRSTSUD 8/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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NEW Sparkers-Take Baby Steps To a New Habit,Lifestyle
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It is said it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something new for it to become a habit. I disagree--I think it takes longer and you have to WANT to do it. When I joined sparkpeople, I KNEW it would take me MUCH LONGER to get USED TO TRACKING my food,fitness, and navigating my way around the site.

- Submitted by MOMWANTSNOWAIST 5/15/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 4 Comments
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Find a mentor or role model who is living a healthy lifestyle

Finding mentors for healthy eating and exercise was key for me. Modeling some of my behavior on the positive examples of healthy friends and removing many of the negative influences has changed my life.

- Submitted by MISS_THING 5/14/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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Goals Turned Into Streaks Make Habits

We have goals, we strive to meet them, then life takes over. Promise yourself a simple goal or two, turn it into a streak. As SP says, it takes 21-40 days to form a habit. Once it's a habit...it's a lifestyle change! Repeat!

- Submitted by KAUAI-CAROLANN 4/19/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Focus on What you Should Eat, Not What You Shouldn't

Celebrate healthy food, don't lament the bad stuff.

- Submitted by ROCKSTARK8 3/31/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Get a dog.

There is no better motivation in my book than to see my dog's exuberance when he sees me putting my shoes on for our morning walk. Dogs need exercise, and as their steward you must walk them. Don't cheat the little fella out of his joy by just walking to the fire hydrant at the end of the block.

- Submitted by JAKIEOH 3/30/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Start SPARKING!

Build excitement into your lifestyle. Find those activities that "light a fire" beneath you and make time for this activity.

Starting a SPARK can save and reclaim YOUR LIFE! :-)

- Submitted by DDOORN 3/28/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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LIFESTYLE CHANGE

When people ask me if I'm on a diet, I tell them it's a lifestyle change.Diets are temporary with usually poor outcome.Lifestyle changes are forever.

- Submitted by SISTAK 3/25/2010 in Staying Healthy | 5 Comments
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