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Let's use this thread to share helpful hints and ideas for losing weight.

We will be at different stages in our journey to lose weight. Some of these ideas may seem basic to some or new to others.

DO NOT FEEL FORCED TO DO EVERYTHING AT ONCE. Bit by bit, itís a cinch!

1. Eat breakfast, even if it is small. emoticon

2. Eat fruits and vegetables, working up to 7 a day. emoticon See the articles in Resources about freggies and their nutrients.

3. Drink 8 glasses of water. emoticon

4. Exercise 5 times a week, at least 20 minutes a day. You may need to build up to this, but set it as a goal. emoticon emoticon

5. Track your food. It will be a big learning experience as to what you are eating, how many calories you are consuming, and the ratios of protein, fats, and carbs. SP has a couple of different reports that will help you understand what you are eating. emoticon

6. Read SP articles about the areas you need, whether it be nutrition, fitness, motivation, or something else.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/expert-
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7. Check in daily and get involved. emoticon This can be reading to start, or joining a team if you are looking to meet others for support. Or you might read someone's blog and leave an encouraging comment (that is one way to make friends on SparkPeople).

8. Try to weigh once a week. emoticon There is a temptation at first to weigh daily (or more), but this could lead to obsessing about that number and that number will fluctuate. Under "My Trackers" above, you will find a "my weight" choice where you can post your weight. This is private so others will not see it, but it will give you a record and provide graphs if you want that info.

9. Set short-term and long-term goals. Refer to this article for guidelines:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat
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You can blog these goals if you want, and that will provide an easy way to review them. You could write these goals out and post them somewhere to refer to as needed.

10. It is important to make your goals achievable. Don't start so big that you get frustrated and give up, or beat yourself up when you don't hit them. Take "baby steps" and build upon them as you continue to learn and feel more confident. Make your short term goal something you are "90% sure" you can make.

Bit by bit, it's a cinch!


Kate, Joppa, MD, USA EDT
Summer 5% Rowdy Rebels


Healthy Weight reached 12.10.09 -- reached again on 10.08.14 and 3.25.20!

Starting weights:
Spring 2020 5% Challenge 4/04/20: 139.6

Fitbit: www.fitbit.com/user/2TFSLV


 current weight: 154.1 
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