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FIRECOM
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7/12/12 4:39 P

There AINTno free lunch.



CINDYHOUGHTON
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7/12/12 4:38 P

You gotta let go to go forward.



JOANIEBUG46
Posts: 4,212
7/12/12 3:17 P

Do not hold in your emotions. Let them out easily and kindly as needed, rather than holding them back. Eventually they DO come out, and it's not always a pretty sight!



07SOJO
Posts: 1,637
7/12/12 1:40 P

It's just as hard to keep off the weight, maybe even harder than losing it!



TISTYEN
Posts: 214
7/12/12 1:37 P

When I don't do my ankle exercises, my ankles lock up. It's just that simple.



DWROBERGE
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9/13/11 6:12 P

saving money.



HAPPYWRITER7
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9/13/11 5:35 P

Do not awaken love before its time



GIANT-STEPS
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Posts: 3,641
9/13/11 5:31 P

You can be far happier alone than in a bad marriage.



TONTOK
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Posts: 5,844
9/13/11 4:38 P

you only get one life, so live it!



BONOLICIOUS2
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8/12/11 3:35 P

When you start to lose weight, buy or borrow clothes that fit you. Otherwise you might end up losing your pants while trying to run. True story I'm afraid.



MYRUN4THEROSES
Posts: 373
8/12/11 3:32 P

Never lick a steak knife. emoticon



WINNIE1978
Posts: 653
8/12/11 2:58 P

Some people just can't be trusted with your heart.



GIANT-STEPS
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8/12/11 1:52 P

You can be far happier alone than in a bad marriage.
My life would have gone much better if I got out earlier instead of spending many miserable years trying to fix it.



LANEYPUDDLESMOM
Posts: 643
8/12/11 1:12 P

Not to be used as a doormat



SHUTRBUG1
Posts: 4,837
8/12/11 1:08 P

I learned ot to take investing tips from strangers



ANNEMARGO
Posts: 450
8/12/11 12:27 P

1. Read the information and warning sheet that comes with your prescription medicine. Pay special attention to what the sheet recommends.
2. Don't base your self worth on externals.
3. Don't confuse skinny with healthy.



DOTTY7267
Posts: 2,447
8/12/11 12:06 P

when you decide to be active, it makes no sense to maintain a pack to not pay more than $30 for tennis shoes. I had to learn the hard way, that it does make a difference in what type of shoes you are wearing, especially when you are training for a half marathon.



EIDOTHEA1
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8/12/11 11:53 A

That I can't revert back to my old eating habits w/o gaining weight.



SHIROIHANA
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8/12/11 11:27 A

When you are running downhill, you are putting more pressure on your legs than usual—up to ten times your body weight with each step! Relax your legs when running downhill... I sprained my foot with improper technique.



JILLTBNAGART
Posts: 4,156
6/28/11 10:13 A

Track those calories. To not track means giving up on losing or maintaining weight loss.



TISTYEN
Posts: 214
6/28/11 10:06 A

When you're going fishing all day in sandals, remember to put sunscreen on the tops of your feet.
emoticon



IWANT2BINSHAPE
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4/29/11 6:56 A

Don't give up.



LOSTLIME
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4/29/11 6:35 A

portion control,portion control,portion control
exercise goes hand in hand with healthy eating
slip ups are acceptable



STEFFIROCKSIT
Posts: 107
4/29/11 3:37 A

- Listening to my body and taking it slowly but surely
- accept that I am not perfect and that slip-ups do happen
- indulgding in crap does not provide me with longlasting good feelings
- thus, eating sweets and salty snacks in moderation is OK



BLONDIEGRRL
Posts: 1,174
3/30/11 2:59 P

If I'm going to eat at a restaurant, don't wait until AFTER I've eaten to look up the nutrition information. Forewarned is forearmed!



MARITIMER3
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3/30/11 2:42 P

Estimating what I've eaten doesn't work... I need to weigh, measure and count, then journal every bite.



NSMANN
Posts: 963
3/30/11 2:36 P

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Edited by: NSMANN at: 3/30/2011 (19:16)


XTRAMINXY
Posts: 315
3/30/11 1:27 P

Don't wait until it's too late to connect with people. Meet them for coffee, invite them over, even just call them. When they're gone, that's it. There won't be a 'later'.



YOADDICTION101
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3/30/11 12:46 P

That when you or giving a chance to be in nothing but water for three days straight you have to wear SUNBLOCK!! otherwise you will get a 3degree sunburn and that hurts!!!



ZOEYBLU
Posts: 35,351
3/30/11 11:52 A

Drinking caffeine after 5 PM......

I learned that one the hard way



GRYPHONQUEST
Posts: 485
3/29/11 9:05 A

That having a bad week doesn't have to END all the progress I've made. Just starting again is hard, but it's worth it.

(And thanks to SP, I can do that now. I always gave up before!)



TRI_BABE
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3/28/11 10:20 A

That all the people that told me over the years, "You need to take better care of yourself," were right.



TISTYEN
Posts: 214
3/28/11 10:18 A

"Waterproof" sunscreens aren't, and a tank top is the wrong thing to wear on an all-day whitewater rafting trip. I learned that many years ago and thought of it this weekend while looking for a lightweight long-sleeved shirt to wear fishing this summer.

Edited by: TISTYEN at: 3/28/2011 (10:19)


IWANT2BINSHAPE
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3/23/11 9:48 A

I learned the hard way
If I stop exercising I gain ALOT of weight.
If I spend all my energy trying to fix an alcoholic I am not fixing my issues.



TIME2BLOOM4ME
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3/23/11 9:28 A

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THINKINNOW
Posts: 1,330
3/23/11 9:24 A

trusting the wrong people



MDWEISSE
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3/23/11 8:58 A

when going to college. don't skip classes.



SEXYTEE74
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3/23/11 8:52 A

That eating fast food at midnight will affect the scale the next morning... emoticon



YOADDICTION101
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3/15/11 4:17 P

Freelady you or totally right. Spark people gives you the motivation to not let the hiccup get in your way for success!



PUNZIE73
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3/15/11 1:03 P

Crappy foods make me feel slow and sluggish. I don't like feeling slow and sluggish!



FRECKS96
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3/15/11 7:18 A

Learned this one yesterday...

Don't break in new sneaks with an 8 mile run. Hello Blister!



KOSHIE1
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3/12/11 5:13 P

Having just fled a wildfire, I've learned to keep the valuables stored in ONE place, preferably at the same level the car is! I just got the most exercise in my LIFE!
It will be much easier to put up a mirror in the basement and put jewelry on there, than to try and gather the items from their various places... It will be easier to keep the important papers down there. It will be easier not to have to shlep up and down 2 flights of stairs in a panic with heavy loads...



BILL60
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3/12/11 6:53 A

Have to be focused.



RONIH2O
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3/12/11 1:14 A

Don't get married



HONEYBEEBUZ
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3/11/11 11:43 P

Tolerance, Love, AND Understanding are better choice when dealing with others!



TAYGRL
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3/11/11 10:59 P

i cannot underestimate the importance of sleep, sleep and more sleep! emoticon



JBARUWA
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3/11/11 10:57 P

I've learned to trust my instincts. I'm never wrong when I do.



PATRICIAANN46
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3/11/11 5:27 P

Don't let fear stop you from trying new things. It destroys your possibility for increased self-confidence.



RICHARJ
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3/11/11 3:41 P

2beefit that is what I was gonna say....I got my 3 boxes and sat at my desk and ate 3 boxes in 3 days....shame shame SHAME



2BEEFIT
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3/11/11 10:04 A

Don't buy Girl Scout cookies, donate straight to the troop!



WELLNESSME09
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3/11/11 10:00 A

You must keep moving on, as soon as you slow down you lose all you have accomplished and worked so hard for. emoticon



MOOKBALL
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3/11/11 9:55 A

Weight loss isn't some fuzzy goal. You have to know how much you want to lose, get a plan in place for eating and exercising and avoiding pitfalls (have a phrase ready to refuse treats that don't fit in your plan) and giving yourself a reasonable time frame in which to achieve that goal. If it isn't written down and posted where you can see it everyday (like on your computer or fridge) you might forget about it. Visuals help!



CYNTHIAW7
Posts: 8
3/11/11 9:38 A

I've always been told that water is the key to my weight loss success. However, I sometimes have a hard time getting the right amount on a consistent basis. About 3 weeks ago, I probably had about 4 cups of water total during the entire week. The scale that week showed a 4 pound gain and I couldn't understand why. I got up the next morning and made a point of drinking more than enough water throughout the day. By that evening, I had shed the 4 pounds that I had gained. No kidding! I know it was the water, because I normally loose about 2-3 lbs per WEEK (which is the healthy way to do it). I was told that I hadn't been drinking enough water during the previous week to allow my body to naturally do what it needs to do. Now, not only do I eat healthy meals, but I also get my water in. For the last 3 weeks, I have had a healthy and consistent weight loss of 1-3 1bs per week. I'm a believer in WATER!!!

Edited by: CYNTHIAW7 at: 3/11/2011 (09:39)


JAIMEEJ
Posts: 40
3/11/11 9:37 A

You shouldn't make any life long decisions before the age 25.

The kinder you are to others, the better you feel about yourself.

Don't wait to tell someone thank you or I love you.

You must drink A LOT of water to lose weight.

You must exercise in order to change the shape of your body. Less food will decrease its size but you will just be a smaller version of yourself.



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/11/11 9:12 A

Don't skip any snacks or meals. You'll pay for it later.



SBURDEN
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3/11/11 9:10 A

think before I speak.



OCWIFEY1
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3/11/11 9:07 A

Don't skip breakfast. It reallys lows down your metabolism and makes you eat more at other meals.



LYNBR812
Posts: 100
3/11/11 8:54 A

It took me 60 years to learn that my body needs PROTEIN to function properly.

When I eat enough protein during the day, I am not hungry, I have NO CRAVINGS, I feel full and satisfied all day long!

When I eat enough protein during the day, I am a very happy person!



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/11/11 7:13 A

Low carb gives me headaches - spose that means i'M addicted to carbs!



KIBAISREADY
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3/10/11 10:19 P

Low carbs is not for me... my body needs it...



CHUBBY_MOM
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3/10/11 9:54 P

Giving in when I've had a slip up. Need to just let step back and not give up on the whole day, it's one mistake, not an excuse to go wild with my food choices for the whole day!



MAY1787
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3/10/11 9:45 P

As a single living alone, I have learned that keeping multi-packs of things in the house is a terrible idea because I will always eat more than one.
Keeping refined surgary foods in my house will cause me to eat them, whether I am hungry or not.
Tracking everything and planning ahead and sticking to the plan is the only thing that works.

Sad thing is, I am still learning things the hard way.



RAIN7420
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3/10/11 7:42 P

I learned that skipping meals doesn't help me lose weight faster. Starving myself to achieve a dress size was only a temporary fix. I usually ended up gaining back all the weight and then some!



KLEMIE
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3/10/11 6:33 P

I can leave whatever I want off my tracker, and nobody will know. But in reality, I'm only lying to myself.



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/10/11 3:44 P

Good point. Why do I always fall for that one? If I always do what I always did, I'll always get what I always got. Ugh.



KRIMMI515
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3/10/11 3:04 P

Don't wait until you are hungry to eat. Less food does not cause more weight to be lost. People pleasing is not happiness. Love, honor and be truthful to yourself. Me and only me (with God's help) is in control of my life. emoticon



MELODIE34
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3/10/11 12:18 P

measure your portions and log everything!



KOSHIE1
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3/10/11 11:45 A

Oh! LOL! that is SO funny!

...and SO true! We really DO have to learn to distinguish between needs and desires....



UNFAIREXCHANGE
Posts: 30
3/10/11 11:14 A

To listen to what my body is telling me...And how to recognize that it is lying!



HEATHERRSMITH
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3/10/11 10:15 A

no matter how much I want it, pizza does not like me!



BEACHIE626
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3/10/11 10:14 A

eating poorly hurts my workout
food = fuel emoticon



GRYPHONQUEST
Posts: 485
3/10/11 9:57 A

That there *are* people that don't want me to change, and will actively sabotage me - telling me, all the while, that they're my friends and just want to see me "happy".

That slice of cake isn't going to make me happy, being healthy will.

Sometimes, the hardest thing can be losing friends along with the pounds - but there's a lot of people on this planet, there are more friends to be made out there!



SNLSUL1092
Posts: 401
3/10/11 9:44 A

That the surest way to hear God laugh is to tell Him your plans! You have to live His plan!



SOUL_GEM
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Posts: 59
3/10/11 9:34 A

That giving up completely on my goal toward living a healthy lifestyle because I mess up sometimes is a bad idea. It's only going to hurt me in the long run, so I need to stick with it.



MODERN-AMAZON
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3/10/11 8:21 A

You cant cheat weight loss!!!



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/10/11 8:20 A

So true - Sugar is my Public Enemy #1!



MODERN-AMAZON
Posts: 58
3/10/11 8:19 A

You're either in, or you are out. There are no in-betweens....



MEYDEE
Posts: 21
3/10/11 8:10 A

Sugar is not my friend!



SHERRIE59
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3/10/11 8:07 A

All that glitters is not gold.

1. I took on a new job because the salary almost doubled and suffered a mini stroke and 18 months of not working as I walked off the job after 8 weeks due to high stress and ill treatment towards staff by the owners.

2. I invested a good amount of money in a scheme which offered a very high interest rate and that crashed.



RL4DFY
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3/10/11 8:01 A

Plan your food ahead a time otherwise you end up to hungry, not thinking straight and making poor choices.



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/10/11 7:36 A

Don't bring ice cream and chocolate treats home, "in case I have company!" Ha! No fool like an old fool.



FREELADY
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3/10/11 7:24 A

Always plate my food---eating out of package can't control portion!



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/10/11 6:30 A

You're so right - staying on the straight and narrow can be a lonely business, especially if we're going to be successful, that is.



MCDOWN75
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3/10/11 6:26 A

Its alot harder to eat healthy with a family than it is without.



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/10/11 6:25 A

Easily said ...



BILL60
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3/10/11 6:23 A

It it's easy, don't do it.



PICKLEDGINGER2
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3/10/11 5:08 A

Be wary of "free samples" in the grocery stores. They add up in the long run.



PUNZIE73
Posts: 2,453
3/10/11 4:13 A

It seems like I'm learning things the hard way A LOT this week.

I've learned that once I miss one workout, it seems to snowball into several missed workouts.

I've also learned when I eat poorly, I notice my energy is low and that I'm no longer "regular". I like being regular.

ME not wanna do that again. No bueno!



TALLDOLL
Posts: 23
3/10/11 1:02 A

Today I learned that I can't eat Indian food like I use to! Ouch!



FREELADY
Posts: 1,988
3/10/11 12:47 A

Don't eat late at night!



KDNGGG
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Posts: 6
3/9/11 11:41 P

Don't eat Costco Double Fudge Muffin! emoticon



SIMPLYWHOLE
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3/9/11 10:51 P

I learned that seeking everyone's approval will not allow you to approve of yourself and cause more people pleasing behaviors.



MAPLELULU
Posts: 46
3/9/11 10:32 P

There is no "magic" fix. It just puts money into others wallets. Just old fashioned healthy eating, proper portions and exercise is the best and healthiest way. And not to give up because you had a cheat day that turned into dayssssssss



UMBILICAL
Posts: 11,109
3/9/11 9:17 P

Don't tell everything right away



COOKI3123
Posts: 2,762
3/9/11 9:12 P

Don't be afraid to speak up!



NEWKAREN43
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3/9/11 7:37 P

Don't marry tall, dark and handsome.

Too few calories equals no weight loss.

Math doesn't work with calories...they add up just fine but the subtraction is merciless.



 
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