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  • mind changing....thanks Dean Anderson and Sparkland!!! :))) - 1/18/2017 10:47:05 AM
  • Same article, same me - and I lost the 3 pounds I'd planned to lose in 21 days - slow and steady for me. It's the only way. - 12/30/2016 8:21:19 AM
  • I'm on day 20 - will weigh in tomorrow. Last week down 2-1/2 of the 3 pounds I hoped to lose - before Christmas. It's been a hard week tho - not in terms of food intake but in terms of life events. I've not been nearly as mobile this past week and I feel it but can't do much about it. - 12/19/2016 7:05:10 AM
  • Again, another great article. This program has helped me set realistic goals and I plan on continuing after day 21, tracking and doing the challenges as a mainteneance program! - 10/21/2016 5:16:08 PM
  • I really like the reference to positive language in goal setting! - 10/17/2016 4:14:49 PM
  • I love Dean's articles - he has a wry sense of humor and he's a realist. His "examples" help me to use his hints and make them applicable to me. - 10/2/2016 10:10:16 AM
  • Thank You , this lifted me up a bit , Now to sit my mind to get thing rolling in the right direction. - 9/6/2016 8:07:42 PM
  • I appreciated the article. Thank you so much for the guidance. - 9/2/2016 10:22:20 AM
  • I read this, or a similar article at the start of the year when I first started. I made all my goals SMART - like I used to at work - I did not achieve any of them in the expected time frame and felt that I wasn't achieving. For weightloss and exercise I am no longer using timeframes. I have the targets and milestones. I am achieving them, slowly. Improving myself one choice, one day, one week at a time. - 7/27/2016 7:37:21 PM
  • This is a great article on goal setting! It's really hard to set goals but this helps simplify it. - 6/16/2016 8:55:43 AM
  • Helpful article - Thanks! I will incorporate this in my goal setting. I find goal setting so hard. - 5/10/2016 12:09:54 PM
  • great ideas. It keeps to the wise mantra of "little steps at a time" which is SO good for overall success. However, I will never find yogurt and fruit to be just as much a treat as chocolate! ha! but, in my own defense, the only chocolate I consume is very dark, like 85% and I limit myself to 60 calories of that per day. It is my reward at work, to keep me going as a shift nears the end. Oh, and I do have dark M&M's in the evening. I have a dispenser that gives out maybe three at a time. PERFECT little taste as I wind down.

    So yeah, I'm going to have chocolate, but I know how to be sane with it. Good article. - 4/8/2016 2:29:25 PM
  • Love this article. After reading it, I pulled out my food journal and created a short term goal action plan for my upcoming work week (which involves several cocktail parties, dinners and late hours). - 2/12/2016 3:09:20 PM
  • I am surprised and thankful for all of the tools that Spark People has provided! - 2/9/2016 9:09:32 AM
  • I needed to read this, really needed to. I have long term goals but do need to set smaller short term ones. I will be reading this again to remind & encourage myself!! - 1/9/2016 1:44:11 PM

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