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4/4/16 7:39 A

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4/3/16 11:41 P

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Thanks everyone. It gave me some stuff to think about. Now that I have made it through my first week, and I have begun to change some of my habits, I feel like this is possible. Surely not as quick as I imagine, but possible none the less. I am looking forward to a new me!

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4/3/16 4:05 P

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Follow what everyone has said and you will be on the right track. Try to think of yourself getting healthier. Changing your current life style with a more fulfilled and healthier eating choices it will make the journey a lot more enjoyable. You won't be concentrating on the fact of getting slimmer. It will be a natural result.

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4/2/16 2:01 P

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in very general terms, three things worked for me
1) Watching what I eat - Quality and quantity
2) Getting some kind of physical activities at least 5 days a week above and beyond
what normally do. Started with 15 minutes a day and I gradually increase the time as I
was able to.
3) Being mindful and my health and wellness - putting it as a priority in my life.

Ron G.

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4/2/16 8:38 A

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You've received some good advice so far... My two cents:
1. Reduce carbs. You don't have to go fanatical, but refined sugars and starches are seldom a wise choice. If you must carb, stick to complex, avoid those simple sugars.
2. Increase lean proteins. Again, Paleo is not a necessity, but increased proteins make for a fuller feeling.
3. Drink water. Don't gloss over this like it's intuitive; it isn't. Much of our hunger feelings are actually thirst. Drink LOTS of water every day. 8, 10, 12 glasses...
4. Track it. Food tracking isn't intuitive either, but man does it help. Give it a real try for just one week, you'll see the difference.
5. Like others here, I've dropped some poundage; about 60lbs since July. My absolute "key" is to remember that every day is a new day. There's no "starting over," "starting again," or even just "starting." It's just "today," and we can do whatever we want with it. Never wait until tomorrow, Monday, or the 1st of the month. Start doing something NOW.

Like Steve mentioned below, ask away if you need advice, help, or a swift kick in the butt for accountability. There's no faculty here, just a bunch of people doing what they can trying to make things work for them while hopefully helping others in the process.

Best of luck in your journey...

KB

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4/2/16 7:47 A

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I skimmed your page to frame my reply. I wouldn't worry about the muscle mass issue. Since your interests are more intellectual, I would start with walking. The cardio burn will help with slimming down.

The goal I would set for you, based on your narratives, is to improve your diet quality and change your overall relationship with food.

There are lots of other things to address (pop & water intake, etc.) but I found the food tracker to be the best tool. Runner up is the fitness tracker.

Do set a daily diet goal and track your progress. Seek a buddy that will hold you accountable when you eventually fall off the wagon/program.





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4/2/16 6:53 A

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Morning HARDYHAR84 -
It boils down to making a PROMISE to yourself, not your external self, but your internal self: heart, lungs, blood, well-being, to change. Not an overnight change, but a gradual, or call it a baby-steps change. Your present lifestyle got you into what you look like and feel like today. It obviously isn't a positive one. And (ready?) it didn't happen overnight. Neither will getting your body and mind back to a positive place.all of the aids on Sparkpeople are useless unless you use them.
Commit to a Weekly change. This weekI will throw out or give away all the CRAP in my pantry and refrigerator that I KNOW will keep me from changing. When you get rid of one bad item, replace it with a good item. Just don't make all the changes you know you must make all at once. Set a goal of one positive step a week.

We are all here to help you. Whether its accountability, very important or just a daily swift 'kick' in the butt', we're here for you, buddy. Because we've been there, or Are there.


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4/1/16 11:14 P

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I know what all the random articles say, but I was curious what everyone does to "slim" (my main goal is to shrink my gut, chest, and everywhere else) but I know an important part to slimming is muscle mass. While I know I am in no danger of being mistaken for a body builder, i do want to continue to see the scale go down... Thoughts?

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