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THERESACHANGED SparkPoints: (39,583)
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2/25/11 8:50 A

I'd have to say I learned that complacency is the death knell to a healthy lifestyle (especially after 40 years of unhealthy living). Diligence and continual renewal of committment are absolute requirements to maintain my health. Yep, learned that the hard way, but finally learned it.

2/25/11 7:38 A

loved the saying "those who matter do not judge", thanks for sharing. Hadn't heard that before.

BILL60 Posts: 964,656
2/25/11 6:46 A

Stay away from the peanut butter.

ARMYMOM46 Posts: 5,267
2/25/11 6:41 A

Don't listen to a Dr when you are in severe pain and he tells you to get back right on the horse and start doing what you were doing before you hurt your knee. I am the only one who knows how bad my pain really is

ONESPOTLEFT SparkPoints: (123,311)
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2/25/11 6:39 A

I love this saying; and all this time I thought I was doing so well as a closet snacker...NOT

REBEZINI SparkPoints: (1,025)
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2/25/11 6:29 A

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

FANGFACEKITTY SparkPoints: (85,517)
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2/25/11 6:07 A

Never drink your last 2 glasses of water as you are going to bed...especially if you have a big dog who likes to sleep on the floor smack in the middle of your path to the bathroom.

STUBBSGMA11 SparkPoints: (146,357)
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2/25/11 4:55 A

I love reading all the lessons learned by others. I could say ditto to most of them. My 2 biggest lessons learned the hard way:
1. Once you lose the weight, you can't stop tracking, exercising, etc. or guess what? The weight comes back! Darn!

2. After having your gallbladder removed, it is NEVER a good idea to each too much fat, fried greasy foods! It has a tendency to go in one way and out the other. Lol. The upside is, just thinking about fried foods makes me feel ill.

LOSTLIME SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/11 4:48 A

I agree with just everything that has already been said. I think that the one thing I have learned is that exercise and portion control go hand in hand.

KAVDEO Posts: 120
2/25/11 4:19 A

Minding what you eat is the most important thing. Even if you spend two hours on treadmill it can be washed away by just one meal. So give a thought before you gulp emoticon

ALIHIKES Posts: 4,456
2/25/11 2:14 A

My hardest lesson has been not taking setbacks at work personally or let work or personal setbacks create huge amounts of stress. Sometimes it's the economy or someone else's priority that makes a deal fall through, and there's no benefit to obsessing over setbacks.

GETDONE Posts: 2,065
2/25/11 1:29 A

NO, he will not grow out of his bad habit AFTER marriage---no matter how sexy he seems now.

"When someone shows you who they are

SNLSUL1092 Posts: 401
2/24/11 11:09 P

What you eat in private shows in public!

SNLSUL1092 Posts: 401
2/24/11 11:08 P

No better way to put it..."Own your crap". I tell my kids this all the time. If you screw up, own it! If you gain weight, own it! Own your feelings, own your failings, own your successes!

MRSMDAY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 10:44 P

This is very, very true. A few summers ago I was at Walmart and a lady came up to me and ask how far along I was. GRRRRRRRRRRRR I wasn't pregnant! I was just fat. That's what I told her too. lol

MRSMDAY SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 10:41 P

I had my 1st and only child at 26, I am 27 now. My little boy is 18 months old. During my pregnancy and still to this day my mother has given me advice. I fought it for about the first 3 months of my sons life...until I realized that she was right. About EVERYTHING. Why was I so stubborn to think that I knew more about babies than my own mother, who had 4? emoticon

KHELMAN SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 9:24 P

The grass in NOT greener on the other side. Really think things through before you make decisions

ONESPOTLEFT SparkPoints: (123,311)
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2/24/11 9:04 P

Never ask a woman when her baby is due; she may not be expecting


IMATTER2GOD Posts: 176
2/24/11 8:57 P

Never buy a car without thorougly inspecting it. Just because it looks good & sounds good, doesn't make it a good car emoticon

NSBOWEN Posts: 1,763
2/24/11 7:59 P

Not to get married at a young age (21), not to let work rule my life, not to wait on someone else to start having fun.

CPA2BE Posts: 104
2/24/11 7:56 P

That fat meat really is greasy and that you can't expect to lose weight by changing your diet and not exercising or exercising and not changing your diet. They gotta go together. Doh!!! 5lbs gained back I get it

SASKATOONJANE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 7:38 P

keep my mouth shut

SCIGURU11 Posts: 7
2/24/11 7:35 P

My changes to lose weight must be permanent or I will gain back the weight and feel worse than before...I need to actually change my lifestyle forever.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (588,508)
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2/24/11 7:22 P

When I got sick, I learned who my real friends were and who really loved me!
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JMCROF SparkPoints: (7,520)
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2/24/11 7:06 P

I've learned that food isn't going to satisfy my emotional issues without it costing me dearly.
I've learned that you have to exercise, whether you feel like it or not.
I've learned that losing weight is not a solo job. You need the support of your family and friends to keep you going and to encourage you.
And I learned that being fat hurts you emotionally, physically and your relationships. And I think it isn't so much about over-eating as much as finding out you don't like yourself as much as you should.

MARTELLA3 SparkPoints: (18,287)
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2/24/11 6:54 P

This adventure called weight loss is more about mental fitness than physical fitness. If my thoughts do not support my physical efforts, I will not succeed.
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."
Henry Ford

2/24/11 6:38 P

I don't eat enough! Found out from Spark that if I actually eat everything on the menu, I'm left feeling like I binged!

DPDAVIS Posts: 3,548
2/24/11 5:25 P

don't live in the past

ASHLIQUA Posts: 206
2/24/11 4:48 P

Losing weight is a life-long battle. You can reach your goal and slip back many times, and each time it gets harder to reach the goal again. The solution I've learned is never to slip commit to eating right every day, not just some days, and to only make changes that I can stick with for my whole life, so that I don't yo-yo.

DIVIERO968 Posts: 184
2/24/11 4:41 P

If I want something bad enough I am going to have put out the hard work for it

MOONCHILD17 Posts: 3,058
2/24/11 4:37 P

that fad diets don't work in the long run and that weight loss supplements don't work either. The only program that really works is a combination of sensible eating with portion control plus a good exercise routine!

TISTYEN Posts: 214
2/24/11 4:35 P

Always keep a couple of Glucerna bars in the glove box -- especially if they're predicting snow at evening rush hour!

PEANUTSJ SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 4:17 P

The weekend might be a break from your work week, but it should NOT be a break from diet and exercise also.


CHRISTINA021885 Posts: 48
2/24/11 3:46 P

I learned that the easy way is not always the best way. Sometimes you just have to stay patience.

FOREVERFAYE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 3:43 P

@ YORI1013, I absolutely love the lesson(s) in your statement. This is a point I'm just starting to understand so thanks for sharing it!

Edited by: FOREVERFAYE at: 2/24/2011 (15:43)
MOMMADOT630 Posts: 7,633
2/24/11 3:28 P

I never ate breakfast ~ SP taught me how to!

2/24/11 3:25 P

All of them! :)

Wish I was joking. But I never really leaned anything of any importance by reading a book, or listening to someone explain it or by doing it RIGHT the first time. I have to mess up at least once before I really learn a lesson.

J2740LOU SparkPoints: (323,161)
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2/24/11 3:22 P


2/24/11 3:13 P

not eating all morning only to be so hungry by noon that I eat anything and everything I could find. I learned that lesson a few times.

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2/24/11 3:07 P

Taking a 4-hour nap might seem delightful at the time, but when you're still wide awake at 2 am . . . not so much.

FOREVERFAYE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 2:20 P

There is no quick fix for ANYTHING in life.
Shortcuts is just another word for a detour.
If you want to see results, you have to put in the time and effort.
Such simple lessons but I wasn't content to take anyone's word for it!

7DUSTED Posts: 61
2/24/11 1:45 P

no matter how much you exercise, you have to control your intake to shed the pounds.

SKINNYMISSKASEY SparkPoints: (114,139)
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2/24/11 1:27 P

I've learned many, and I am only 24!

1) NEVER marry a man unless you are 100% sure (and your parents approve..)
2) My father is right about 99.9% of the time.
3) NEVER let a man put you down or abuse you.
4) Keep your mouth shut unless you want someone spread.
5) Never, EVER get into debt because it's really hard to get out of!
6) It's so much harder to lose weight than gain it! UGH.

CATHEITE Posts: 4,837
2/24/11 1:24 P

Working out is one the best ways to learn about ourselves. It teaches us to work toward goals and deal with discomfort.

2/24/11 1:23 P

Don't overdo your workout, it can wipe you out for days following.......

THIN150 Posts: 104
2/24/11 1:22 P

Let your words be few..and let your calories (points) be fewer

DRREICH SparkPoints: (30,093)
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2/24/11 1:20 P

1.) Don't give yourself rewards that are counterproductive to your goals.

2.) Don't eliminate things you really enjoy from your diet - just learn what a portion is... and plan for it.

3.) Carrot cake is not a vegetable and cherry pie is not a fruit.

2/24/11 1:18 P

What a great topic!!

The lesson I'm still learning is that it's better to have some control than no control I tend to either have perfect control or be totally insane (I've been known to eat and drink everything that's put in front of me on cruises!).

I'm trying to learn that it's better to set some guidelines - such as making sure to drink all of my water, or only eating ONE slice at that pie party - than to run totally amok. That way, it's much easier to get back on track when I come to my senses.

I really wish I could be perfect all the time, but I can't. It's not currently in my nature (ie. human nature!). The next best approach is a realistic one, setting reasonable limits for the nature of the temptation and my mental/physical/emotional state.

CRANK_IT_UP SparkPoints: (0)
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2/24/11 12:58 P

1) If you don't count calories, you won't learn how to eat correctly and won't lose weight.

2) If you injure your achilles tendon, stop jogging and let it heal first, otherwise you create more scar tissue which inflames the region every time you jog.

MESMAGIC Posts: 982
2/24/11 12:56 P

Do not eat a high fiber bean soup BEFORE yoga class!

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