...is to send yourself notes of daily encouragement about challenges in your day-to-day life. Whether it's planning for nutritional intake at a luncheon or addressing a worry, it's so soothing to open an encouraging "you can do this!" message from yourself! The Schedule an Appointment feature's ideal for this!
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This is not a secret, but is essential. Keep account of all your calories and write it down. You always eat more than you think when you try to keep track in your head. It has been studied that those who write it down succeed in weight loss 50% more!!
If using the Spark Tracker is not convenient, a good old piece of paper and pencil will work!
I love getting Sparkpeople e-mails and updates. But, sometimes my non-spark stuff would get lost in the shuffle. I created an e-mail account, using my spark ID, for all spark updates and e-mails. Gmail and yahoo, and plenty other sites, offer free e-mail. This way I have one convenient spot to check for spark stuff without having to sort through any other mail.
For weight loss using the Spark tools for recipes, the recipe calculator, and then being able to track anything and everything that went into my mouth helped me develop an entirely new lifestyle so that I did not think of dieting but I wanted what was healthier! It was also a help to know that because of my work schedule that I could make Spark work within my busy schedule! However, when I retired the whole website, team and friends were there for me to continue learning!
Including my WW loss and my Spark loss I have gone from 183 to 121-123 and maintained for 65 weeks! Now I am involved in motivation and fitness FOR ME! Funny, I wanted to do fitness for the first time in my life!
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