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Focus On What You Can Add, Not What You Have To Give Up!

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When you're first starting out, it's best not to focus on what you have to give up - your favorite foods, your TV time, etc. Instead, spend the first week or so adding things - more water, more sleep, more fruits & veggies. Then slowly start focusing on what you need to give up. By adding first, you won't feel as much like you're depriving yourself.

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Pretty sure I got this from The Spark book, but I may have seen it somewhere else.
- Submitted by REDMAIJ 9/16/2010 in Getting Started | 6 Comments
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JOYTORJ 9/19/2010 10:08:00 AM

    How true, I have found more energy and have got more done because of the changes made. I have not given up eating, just changed an awful lot of 'old' thinking.
LILYPAD36 9/17/2010 5:00:00 PM

    Since my bad habits have been mine for so long, I find it hard to remember what I need to do differently. I write it all down on a sheet so that I can look at it through the day. It's always small things like remembering to drink water and eat fruit. I have boxes beside each thing for the days of the week so I can see at a glance what I still have to do. With that staring at me first thing in the morning, I get started out on the right foot.
AFROMANSMOM 9/17/2010 2:39:00 PM

    I like the fact we think about adding foods and not doing away cold turkey with others. I also believe that if you crave something you should allow yourself to have a little bit, just don't go overboard, this helps curb binge eating.
IMSTILLYOUNG! 6/28/2014 12:10:00 PM

    When I started tracking, I noticed that I was going for days at a time with NO veggies at all--even if I was eating pretty healthy stuff and staying within my calorie range. Adding in veggies has made me feel energized and happy AND FULL! In my seven days of being back on board with SP, I haven't been tempted by treats--which isn't to say it won't happen but just that having focused on adding great veggies has been awesome, and I hope I keep it up!
VAMANOS 9/24/2010 11:56:00 PM

    What a simple but profound change in the way to look at it! Brilliant!
SPARKPIXIE 9/17/2010 7:29:00 PM

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