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Prioritise your fitness activity

Plan to succeed by putting exercise on your weekly schedule. Then make it the highest priority item for that day. Do not accept other invitations for that time unless you can reschedule your fitness activity for a time that you know you will committ to.

- Submitted by FIFIFRIZZLE 8/9/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Track every food that you will eat the night before.

I have been planning my meals and snacks the night before and doing food prep so that I know if I have any wiggle room if an opportunity for treat arises. This has helped me stay with in line my nutrition goals this summer and I hope to be in the routine by the time school starts again in the fall.

- Submitted by GMARCY1976 6/13/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Plan Ahead!

"Failure to plan is a plan for failure"- Unknown

- Submitted by MANDYVANHOOK 1/10/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Pedometer, Small Steps Add UP!

Refresh those basics!! I still believe in my pedometer ~ make those numbers go UP!
Happy 2013!!

Remember you can do anything you set your mind to.
Commit to it. One tiny step at a time to live healthier physically and mentally!!

Sweet Success!! Goals & Planning are everything to reach your dream!

I’m that person…Apologizing right up front!
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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/2/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Log your meals BEFORE you eat them

When you are planning your next meal, try logging it first. It will let you see exactly how many calories and nutrients you are about to eat, and how it will impact your ability to reach your goals for that day. If you don't like what you see, you still have time to adjust!

- Submitted by SARAH06810 8/22/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Evernote to the Rescue

I have a notebook in Evernote with a separate note for each restaurant I visit and what the best options are for my diet plan in each. I don't write down the "best options" that I wouldn't like either - just what I'd actually order. With my smart phone, I have that custom reference to keep me on track.

- Submitted by ARAMIS5 8/3/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Track my Food One Day beforehand

I find that if I pack my food on the night before I get to work and track my food that night as well, that I am less likely to go over my calories for the day.

I think it helps my mind see the things that I can eat throughout the day and takes the guessing game out of, "What am I going to eat...".

When I don't plan beforehand, I am also less likely to track my food - which often leads me to overeat.

- Submitted by DIKKA5 7/5/2012 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Micro Goals and Battle your Fear!

Start small, celebrate often! Just one baby step at a time!

You can do it!
;.•♥ Kelly ♥•¸ .

Sweet Success!! Goals & Planning are everything!
Don’t be a gingerbread woman, be a ROCKSTAR!
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- Submitted by MIPALADY23 1/25/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Putting Your Goals in Writing

Put your goals in writing in a planner or a piece of paper in a place where you can see it everyday. Having your goals in front of you in black and white helps you become accountable to *yourself* on so many levels. You're less likely to lose physical sight of your goals (compared to keeping them on the computer or on your phone)

- Submitted by SHAESHISHA 1/4/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Wunderlist is a wonder!

Use technology & a "to do" list to help. I downloaded wunderlist (free) for my phone and it helps me manage goals... do 10 cruches a day, drink water, do 3 back stretches, floss, etc.

Having a to do list to check off makes a big difference (so satisfying to "check" things off!), gives me direction after a busy day, and helps me from getting overwhelmed by the endless options of things I could be doing.

- Submitted by JENNIPI444 12/3/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Too busy to think? Plan NOW for TOMORROW.

If I don't plan ahead I just seem to do whatever I "feel" like, which often doesn't equal ANYTHING on my goal list.

Attempting to plan for tomorrow, today, seems to help me out quite a bit. So when I don't have time to think- I don't HAVE to. Days don't always go according to "plan", but I stick a LOT closer to my goals than without a plan. At least I'll be thinking about my goals!

Sometimes without a plan, I waste so much time THINKING about what to do that I end up not having time to DO it.

- Submitted by COCOONED1 10/28/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Planning is Everything

I plan out what I am going to eat the next day before I go to bed. This helps me stay on track. Searching for something to eat when you are hungery leads to bad decisions.

- Submitted by SHELT28 7/27/2011 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Using up your leftovers!

The perfect way to make sure leftovers get eaten -- schedule them in on the food planner when you add the original meal. It's easy! You can copy the food group directly over and, for me at least, I'm making my lazy work for me. I'd almost rather just eat the leftovers that I planned than remove all those foods and add in what I really ate. Double win: leftovers get eaten AND tracked!

- Submitted by AMANDA_AGAIN 6/26/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Plan ahead

Plan the night before what you want to eat the next day & get it out of the freezer ready. By the time you are ready to cook dinner the next day it will be defrosted.

Having something healthy available and ready to cook will stop last minute panic eating at the local take away.

For the days you forget, buy in some cook from frozen food like rice and vegetables & precooked prawns, so you can make a healthy stir fry, avoiding take away temptation.

Go for healthier and tastier alternatives.

- Submitted by DIET-LADY 6/23/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Need something expensive done? Get good work at low cost.

Need a dress made, room or office designed, landscaping or an event photographed? Go to a nearby college and post what you need. Schools are filled with brilliant students needing to build a portfolio - many willing to work for free or, at least very cheaply. They get to build a body of work to help them when they graduate and YOU get work done at a low cost. I've had all of the above done by students and the work quality was amazing! I even rehired two after graduation for more work.

- Submitted by POBRECIIIITA 6/16/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Plan ahead for eating out

Treating myself to a dinner out with my hubbie is very important to me. My husband and I eat out only once a week so I plan for that day by reducing my calorie count the day before and after. I still try to make sensible choices and use the restaurant's caloric counts when they're available.
This works for me.

- Submitted by POPPYHEAD5 6/7/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Plan for Success

You need to plan in order to be successful. If you won't have time to make a healthy meal tomorrow, measure it out and cook it today. Making a shopping list, a meal plan, and a budget for your week in advance so that you won't be surprised in the end. Planning will help you to avoid problems in the long run.

- Submitted by KNITOPHELIAC 4/26/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Preparation

I take my Sunday and focus it around my healthy plans for the week. I make a lunch for the week (even though the same lunch can get boring sometimes), and I plan for the dinners of the week. That way, I don't have to spend extra time in the mornings getting lunch ready, and I don't have to think at night when I get home.

- Submitted by LBARBERDPT 4/16/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating All the Food You're Supposed to

I've found that even though sometimes it's hard, it's very important to eat everything you are "entitled" to on your plan.

- Submitted by KJABLUE 4/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Make an appointment for activity

I'm always on time for appointments and scheduled events, but for a while, I would allow myself to skip exercise. So, now I make an appointment, and schedule myself a time to do what I need to do! A planned activity and time can be much more effective than a "I'll do some exercise today" vision.

- Submitted by SHESSASSY 3/12/2011 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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Plan Ahead

I use my myfitnesspal app on my droid to plan my meals a day ahead. I do it right before I go to bed so that I know exactly how long my breakfast will take to prepare and how long my lunch will take to pack. It also helps me keep from veering off track during the day.

- Submitted by COURTNEYPAIGE1 2/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Hope is not a plan.

Sorry Big "O", hope is not a plan. After not being active for almost a decade, I committed to a basic plan of getting back in shape. Starting from a basic framework, i received additional guidance from professionals and others that helped fill in the details. This includes a referral to the wonderful resources available at SparkPeople. Envision the future you want, start with a basic road map, commit, then engage and press on (and enjoy the journey)!

- Submitted by DANM2011 2/9/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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Message board

We mounted a fairly large white dry erase marker board in our inner hallway. Original thought was to have a place for kids to draw (they loved it). Over time, we all used it to leave messages for each other, make lists, post reminders. Kids are grown but message board is still used daily!

- Submitted by BROWNIE2953 1/25/2011 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Planning Meals

Every weekend I plan what my week will look like with my meals. I track them ahead of time and then use the sparkpeople tool to print out a grocery list. It's so handy. I find that when I do that I focus on just what I need when I go grocery shopping so I don't even get a chance to purchase something that may sabotage my efforts.

- Submitted by BIONICMONARCH 1/22/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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The Three P's (Planning, Prepping, Portion Control)

Planning and preparing my meals in advance allows me to also practice portion control for a successful week.
I go grocery shopping on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings to purchase my weekly fruits and veggies and any other items I need to make my lunches and dinners for the week. I then prep my salads and dishes and even get out the appropriate bowls/containers for portion controlling my lunches. Once I do all of this, I make it a point to stick to the menu plan for at least four days.

- Submitted by DIVINEKITTYKAT 11/5/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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