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2/24/11 12:54 P

You can work as hard as you want, but if you don't watch your calories, you don't lose anything.

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2/24/11 11:18 A

Being selfish -- especially when it comes to weight loss/maintenance -- isn't always a bad thing. To be successful it must be the most important thing in your life when you wake up every day.

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2/24/11 11:17 A

anything to do with my love life...made TONS of mistakes

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2/24/11 11:16 A

I still seem to be grasping a handle on this lesson, but I am starting to realize that just because I cheat on Tuesday, doesn't mean I should restart my diet the following Monday. That concept just results in constant restarting, and never getting anywhere. If I fall down now (like I did for dinner last night) I get up and keep right on going as if it never happened.

I've also started losing weight, and then quit following my plan because I'm not losing fast enough. If I had stuck with the 1-2 pounds a week, I would have been done by now.

So here's to keeping on going every single day until I get there!

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2/24/11 11:15 A

If you put things off until tomorrow, you may never get them done.

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2/24/11 11:11 A

If you ever have to question whether or not you should say something, by all means hold your tongue. You cannot unring a bell.

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2/24/11 10:53 A

When I jogged, my weight was mostly consistant. When I ran, then my weight really dropped. That extra effort exerted really makes the differnece.

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2/24/11 10:48 A

Making time for yourself. I am a bit of a workaholic and need to set time aside for myself to keep happy and healthy! Also money management once I was married! Harder to say no when you love the person that you have to say it too!

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2/24/11 10:44 A

Do strength workouts once every few months and wondering why I'm not seeing any results! haha

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2/24/11 10:43 A

If you can't say something nice about somebody don't say anything at all. This applies not only to words but about blogs. Don't put your negative feelings about someone out for the world to see. Learned the hard way! emoticon

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2/24/11 10:43 A

Gratitude and appreciation.

Also, paying attention to what's important.

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2/24/11 10:39 A

Realizing that you haven't worked out so you do it right before bed. Sleepless, speeding hearts nights.

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2/24/11 10:37 A

Keep your mouth shut unless you want to deal with the consequences

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2/24/11 10:26 A

Yes it is! I almost went to nursing school just so I wouldn't be stuck at a desk all day, but it takes a special person to be a nurse and that was a really bad reason for me to change careers :)

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2/24/11 10:24 A

Eat only when hungry

Posts: 60
2/24/11 10:23 A

1) follow the Golden Rule and do not be discouraged if others do not - lead by example :)

2) The things we value the most are often the things we worked hardest for.

3) take care of yourself, no one else is required to.

I could continue for awhile, but I will stop here for today emoticon

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2/24/11 9:54 A

That no one is looking out for you but yourself. You need to keep yourself on your own priority list and not count on others to motivate or help you, even if they have great intentions. Being self-sufficient makes or breaks us.

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2/24/11 9:44 A

After eatting healthy all week, don't gorge on a Taco Salad for lunch... emoticon

The results are a tummy ache and feeling bloated the entire day.

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2/24/11 9:41 A

Lessons learned the hard way:

Knowing when to shut up is more important than knowing the facts some times.

Oh yes and: Never eat a "fiber bar" then take a Yoga class.... It makes it unpleasant for everyone.

Edited by: KLPEFFERS at: 2/24/2011 (09:42)

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2/24/11 9:14 A

Two things I have learned the hard way:

1) Wear the right underwear

2) There is no easy way

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2/24/11 8:55 A

The back edge of a tomato slicer is nearly as sharp as the front.

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2/24/11 8:54 A

Not eating enough calories is detrimental to weight loss!!! And, sometimes the best way to handle a tough situation, is to just laugh!

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2/24/11 8:24 A

Middle age is not for sissies - it would have been easier to lose the weight 15 years ago - or better yet - never put it on!

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2/24/11 7:41 A

A desk job is bad for the waistline

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2/24/11 6:42 A

Don't stray from "the plan".

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2/24/11 6:41 A

I learned that if you dont take care of your body and your health, after a while it will not longer support you

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2/24/11 6:05 A

When it comes to weight loss or "everything else in life"?? I'll go with what I always tell my kids "if you have ot hide it, it can't be good"

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2/24/11 6:00 A

If tracking works every time, why don't I do it?

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2/24/11 5:07 A


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2/24/11 4:52 A

If you start a new routine (in my case, a new dvd) make sure you stretch properly. Or you will be hobbling round for the next few days, not even being able to sit down without going 'eughhhhhhhhhhhhh'

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2/24/11 2:13 A

Before you give up, make sure it is what you want because there is no turning back, think about how your decision will affect the life of your little one....just make sure its what you want because sometimes you might think its not then you come to realize its everything you want and have always wanted even with all the pain and being pushed away but now its too late to have it and now you hurt because she hurts and she hurts because she doesn't have him all because of a selfish decision you made that you thought was in the best interest for you and her but came to realize it wasn't so now you have to explain to her why he isn't there.

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2/24/11 1:23 A

I liked what you said so much I'm going to write it down. It's simple. It makes sense. "It's easier to keep it off than to lose it when overweight." I didn't do well on maintenance and I've learned the hard way that dieting and good diet don't end the day you reach goal.

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2/24/11 1:13 A

Where to start? It seems everything I've learned had to be done the hard way. Now I'm focusing on balance and being sensible, listening to my body, and asking for help from the right people when I need it.

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2/23/11 11:01 P

It was easier to lose my first 150 pounds, I divorced him....

never again!

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2/23/11 11:00 P

Stiff muscles are painful. Strength training and stretching help to keep muscles loosened up. Therefore, I will be lifting weights the rest of my life. I started at age 40, and am now 53. I have never liked lifting weights, but have, and will do it anyway. It sure beats pain!

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2/23/11 10:59 P

It is easier to keep weight off, than to lose it when overweight. Since I am basically lazy and do not like hard work, I have, and will continue to keep off extra pounds!

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2/23/11 10:52 P

A bottle of Smirnoff Ice (Strawberri Acai) has 243 calories. Soooo I had 3 last Friday....that means 729 calories from an alcoholic beverage...won't be doing that again!!!

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2/23/11 8:30 P

Totally agree.

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2/23/11 8:17 P

As many others have said...don't fall into old habits to let the weight "creep" back on. Make it a lifestyle choice and surround yourself with like minded people. Make short term and long term goals, let Spark People be there for what you need, even when you think you don't.

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2/23/11 8:03 P

I really like the short term goals too and I really like the idea of using what we already have! I'm going to figure out a way to do this as well! Thanks!

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2/23/11 7:56 P

Once you lose 40 pounds and reach your goal weight, you have to continue to stay on top of things or you will gain that 40 pounds back within 8 months! :( I've joined sparkpeople this time around to make sure that does not happen again!

Edited by: MISSYSTAR1980 at: 2/23/2011 (20:01)

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2/23/11 7:39 P


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2/23/11 7:39 P

Not necessarily related to SP, but here's my hard lesson regarding email: Doublecheck ANYTHING you forward to a bunch of people to make sure it's the email you really WANT to forward!!!

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2/23/11 7:38 P


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2/23/11 7:34 P

Life sometimes gives you a small hint about changes you need to make. And if you don't listen, then you get a bigger hint in the form of a crisis. And if you still don't listen, then you get a warning in the form of a full-on disaster.

You can climb back out of the pit, but it sure would have been easier to deal with it when it was small.

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2/23/11 6:49 P

Thinking that once I lost the weight I was free to go back to my old habits over time. This go around I learned that lesson the very hard way and will not gain 40 pounds back.

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2/23/11 6:05 P

that some decisions are made for reasons that seem right at the time, but may be regrettable decisions in the future.

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2/23/11 6:00 P

There is a big difference between cheap shoes and good shoes.

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2/23/11 5:40 P

Things get harder to do the longer you put off doing them.

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2/23/11 5:39 P

that some people are bad people and that it's not personal--they're just bad... lie, cheat, etc.

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