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12/20/12 12:47 P


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 today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. Start with some simple changes first. 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 glasses 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's not all or nothing. it starts with a few simple changes you CAN stick with. Those changes are the foundation you build on. No one ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible. start with the small things first.

Also, if you can't exercise for 30 minutes, then start with 10 minutes. you can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. three 10 minute walks spaces out through the day still adds up to a 30 minute walk. Coach Nicole has a bunch of 10-15 minute workouts posted in a fitness section. Do you have 10 minutes in the day to do one of them ? If so, you just started your regular exercise program.

Set some realistic and practical goals. Don't set goals that are too ambitious or you will end up failing.

Be patient with yourself the same way you'd be patient with your new baby.

MCFHARPIST SparkPoints: (64,300)
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12/20/12 1:37 A

AKRAEMER21, if you're bored with the same routine, change the routine, then change it again. I, too, had never been thin my entire life. I got "sparked" into a mindset of getting healthy about a year and a half ago. It was almost miraculous how I was able to stay motivated. My point it this: after a lifetime of being overweight, I am now at 128 pounds and have been there since February 2012. I cannot express the sheer joy of being slender. It truly is all it is cracked up to be! Everyday is joyful, even in the midst of life's challenges. I just wanted to let you know that you, too, can become slender. If, somehow, you could wrap your head around the heart disease component, maybe that could motivate you. After all, heart disease kills. It's deadly serious. You can completely avoid that fate. I wish you well.

Spark On!

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12/20/12 1:28 A

No matter what, stay with Sparkpeople and keep reaching out to us. We will help you with self-acceptance and marking even the small victories. emoticon emoticon

AKRAEMER21 SparkPoints: (912)
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12/19/12 11:34 P

I know bouncing back from a baby is not easy it doesnt help that I have never been thin but i really thought that this time I was going to do it. But I just want to give up I dont have motivation ( having a hard time finding it even visuals) and I get bored with the same routine.

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