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11/14/12 9:24 A

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When I had a lot of weight to lose, I made the committment to do several things. One was to start and maintain an exercise streak (7 days a week, no matter what). The other was that I was going to blog every single day about it. It helped, for sure. There were days I didn't want to go outside and walk/jog/run but I did and then wrote about the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other, both trying to convince me to either blow it off or go do it. In every case, the angel won and I'm over 500 days consecutive cardio now.
The other things I discovered was that I had to track my calories consumed. I didn't start losing consistently until that happened.
I discovered that strength training is a better way to raise the metabolism so I added strength to my workouts.
Finally, my aim was to get 100 Spark Points a day. It kept me coming back, reading articles, interacting with others, and staying on track.
A little every day can produce dramatic results over time -- be consistent, however you find works best for you.
Good luck

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11/12/12 8:35 P

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Welcome, CALIMILLO : )
SparkPeople is a great resource for all of us who want to lose weight, get fit or learn a healthy lifestyle. Best practice here: learn to use the Nutrition Tracker and use it faithfully *every day*; drink your 8 or more glasses of water; get some exercise every day--SparkPeople has lots of suggestions for getting exercise in manageable doses for beginners. And best of all for you, SparkPeople has loads of resources and information for diabetes sufferers. Try 'diabetes' as a search term in the search box at the top of this page : )
Keep us posted how your journey goes, by joining discussion threads or by blogging--sharing highs and lows really helps keep us committed to the journey.
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11/12/12 6:20 P

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Hey there,

I just started this program too! It takes a lot of courage admiting you need help, which is the first step in recovery. I have been reading The Spark, which is this websites' book...very informative and helpful. It's helped me focus my goals as well as start writing affirmations, or postive statements about myself down on paper. Definitely try to get out and walk today if you can...in fact, I am about to myself! Please, be good to yourself!!! I have binge eating disorder and am on my 4th day of abstinence from binging....all by doing affirmations and prayer...it really does work!

Take care!

- Michelle

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11/12/12 1:11 P

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HI SPARKPEOPLE i AM TRYING TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT WITH YOUR HELP. I NEED MOTIVATION. I WAS JUST TOLD BY MY DOCTOR THAT I HAVE DIABETES AND I AM VERY SCARED. HE SAID I NEEDED TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT. PLEASE HELP ME. I NEED THE MOTIVATION.

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