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12/29/12 6:26 A

Hi, Karen ! Welcome to Spark People.

I'm going to give you a piece of advice I give to all new members and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was to drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.

You definitely should not look at losing weight as a "diet". Diets don't work. At least, they work in the short term, but not the long term. If you want to take the weight off and keep it off, this must be a lifestyle change. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time.

That's why SP encourages its members to start with simple changes first. Set some simple REALISTIC goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 servings each day for one week. If you're not exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It starts with a few simple changes we CAN stick with. Don't try to do everything at once or you really will end up frustrated. The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight. it's not coming off overnight.

Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

As the Coaches all say,"Trust the process".

KARENB2203 SparkPoints: (393)
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12/28/12 11:18 P

Hi Kris,

Thanks for your advice!! I'll give that a go!!! I've already changed from full fat coke to caffeine free diet coke, and cut my alcohol right down!! So i'll change a couple other things and then see how that goes !!



SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (254,056)
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12/28/12 10:57 P

I can suggest an easy way to remove this obsession ....... think of it as it REALLY is!! NOT a Diet - it is merely a healthy lifestyle!!

With a lot of people the first thing they do is to remove all 'forbidden' foods, but the thing is, nothing is actually forbidden - it is about a healthy balance. For it to be sustainable - i.e. for the rest of our lives - we need to fit our likes and dislikes into the equation, but use common sense.

The other thing that people often do is to decide they are going to lose weight, and make a heap of changes all at once. This is NOT advisable. It is best to take the baby steps approach, which means changing only one or two things to start with, and only when your mind/body has gotten used to those changes, add something else to the mix. It might be something as simple as reducing your soda/juice as you increase water consumption, and walking a little further in your day. That can be achieved by taking a short 'purpose' walk, or taking the stairs instead of a lift, or parking your car a wee bit further afield and walking that extra. It all soon mounts up!

Another thing that is advisable, is that you keep in touch on the message boards and read the various articles on Nutrition and Exercise int eh Healthy Lifestyle section. You will find lots in there that will help you with your journey1

Good luck,

KARENB2203 SparkPoints: (393)
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12/28/12 10:33 P

hello, I'm new to SP, and once I'm "officially" on a diet I start to obsess about food!!! emoticon
I have no idea why, or how to stop ... any ideas??!!

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