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Some Tips

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I recently had someone ask me about my "recipe for success", so I thought about it and came up with some tips that I could give him, things that have helped me along the way.

I thought that since I had taken the time to write them down, I might as well share them with all of my friends. Of course I'm sure you all probably know these and follow them anyway, but still, I wanted to put them down for posterity. This way, if a new member comes along and asks for advice, I can point to this blog instead of trying to remember these tips each time :)

Some tips:

1. Drink lots of water! Flushes the system and helps you to feel full.

2. Cut back the carb intake. Carbs give you some quick energy, but don't really help you to feel full unless you have a lot of them.

3. Up the protein and fiber intake. Protein and fiber will help you to feel full longer which helps keep you from snacking.

4. Don't try to be perfect. Instead try to be consistent. having 20-30 minutes a day of activity is better than killing yourself everyday then burning out after a few weeks.

5. Find what works for you. We're all built differently and we respond to different stimuli, you have to figure out what your best path is.

6. Try to curb the negative self talk. Most of us have that inner voice that tells us that we are not worth the effort. When that voice speaks up, tell it "NO, I AM WORTH IT", and say something good about yourself. Believing in yourself can be difficult after years of self loathing so be prepared to "fake it 'til you make it"!

7. Set small goals. Don't try to wrap your mind around needing to lose 100 lbs or more, it's too big and seems impossible. Instead set your goal in 10lb increments (use 5 lbs if you need to). It's a lot easier to work towards losing 10 lbs than it is 100 lbs. Once you've lost 10 lbs you will have more confidence in yourself because you have achieved a goal and proven to yourself that you can do it!
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  • LISAN0415
    Those are all great tips!

    The "Curb the negative self talk" is a big one- I have learned to tell myself instead of "Oh I wish I could eat that, but I can't :( " that I know tell myself: "I could eat that, but I am choosing something better, something that will help me reach my goal."

    Thanks for sharing!

    1893 days ago
    great tips
    1901 days ago
    Just ran across this - emoticon stuff

    emoticon on your success!
    1914 days ago
    Great advice from someone who walks the walk!!!!

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    1916 days ago
    Brilliant tips Ken, thank you!

    I particularly like the 'fake it till you make it' attitude!!

    I am going to adopt tip #7 for sure, with 110lbs to lose I reckon 10lbs at a time will help!! emoticon

    Cheers mate, good luck with your journey emoticon emoticon

    1917 days ago
    1917 days ago
    Very good tips!! Yes, most of us Sparkers know these but its ALWAYS good to have a reminder!!!! Plus, when another Sparker writes it out, it validates what we feel to be true! emoticon
    1917 days ago
  • -DAVE-
    Thanks bro' - Been scouring through your old pics and writings. You sounded like me years ago! I also was a gym rat. See my old pics of me in my teens with abs that are still somewhere on my body, but just covered up. You sure have come a long way. Keep proud and thank you for your inspiring actions and comments. You have no clue as to how they keep my positive each day. You are once needed friend.

    Thanks and happy to call you a friend,


    1917 days ago
    Good set of rules we should all follow! Thanks!
    1918 days ago
    You make this sound so easy. Thanks, I needed someone to simplify things in my life right now.
    1918 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Those are a few simple but important rules that anyone can follow. My problem is that the more attempts I make and fail the worse I feel but you can't think that way. Trying to be perfect is why those so called attempts don't work....but giving it your best every day even if you slip up a little is bound to make progress.

    Next week I am going to experiment with really cutting my carbs...specifically bread, pasta, rice and potatoes and see how that effects my weight loss. More importantly a friend told me it would dramatically improve my arthritis because carbs have sugar, sugar is an inflammatory..thus something to look into...can't hurt. emoticon
    1918 days ago
  • JEWELLE217
    Great advice! emoticon
    1918 days ago
    Great blog. I couldn't agree more! I've used and found success with every one! The only other thing I'd add - join sparkpeople! (o: That way we get support and encouragement from great people like you!
    Wishing your friend much success!
    1919 days ago
    Thanks for these 7 points they are great , really 'get' each one.

    You are an inspiration Ken.

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    1919 days ago
    Great blog Ken. Totally agree about the carb inake. Too much (even the healthy variety) bloats me up and increases my appetite.

    The negative self talk is spot does take time to reverse the pattern.

    Awesome insights, thank you for posting it:) emoticon
    1919 days ago
    Excellent post!!
    1919 days ago
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