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3/25/18 10:49 A

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Getting your diet and exercise in line is no different than learning how to play the piano or how to be an electrician. It's not something that takes a tiny bit of effort, it's takes a lot of time and effort and encompasses a lot more things than you think it does. You have to remember that learning how to do something often includes learning how to not to do something. Which means that you should be taking something from all those downs, namely a list of things that you need to work on.

Little changes add up so long as you can keep up with them. 100 cals a day adds up to 36,500 cals per year, which is just over ten pounds of year.

-google first. ask questions later.

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3/24/18 4:46 A

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I think the best 4 tips I can give you are these:

1) Start this journey off with baby steps. Change only 1 or 2 things to start with only only add to them when your mind/body has gotten used to the changes.

2) Don't expect quick success. Quick 'success' usually causes a person to undo all the good that they have done, and for some it is unhealthy for their body.

3) Don't beat yourself up if you go over calories etc. We all do it and a couple days here and there isn't going to have a negative effect in the long run, and it can actually HELP achieve what you want to achieve. Just so long as the 'here and there' is just occasional That is because this isn't about deprivation or starvation, and it isn't about over-exercising either. I have always planned for these special days and it certainly didn't stop me getting to where I needed to be, after having been overweight for about 30 years. I still practice this and have been maintaining for a few years, now.

4) Keep active on the message boards. It is a great way to make some really good friends, and also to get the support that helps us on the way.


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3/24/18 3:36 A

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You can find much success in the tabs at the top of this page. For inspiration and validation, check out all the things under the "Community" tab, especially the "Spark Stories". Next to your username at the top right is the "help" tab and it is just that, very helpful. On the other side of your username is the little blue magnifying glass that brings up a search box for the entire site. Jump in and get started and then just never quit. Best of luck and welcome aboard!


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3/23/18 9:48 P

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A solid resolve to well defined goals along with committment to eating whole unprocessed food in proper proportions is a great way to start.
Take full advantage of the topics under "LEARN" at the top of this page. It is loaded with an abundance of tips and facts to help you reach your goals.
Best of success to you!

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3/23/18 6:23 P

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Hi Guys!

My name is Cheyenne and I'm new to Spark People. I really want to make this experience the BEST possible. Any tips? Especially ones on staying motivated? I have been so up and down on this journey and I want this to be my journey where I complete ALL of my goals!


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