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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Water. I started working out and water is the key. no if ands or buts about it half your bodies weight or more water water water

- Submitted by SLIM234 8/22/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Charts

measure your weight and body size. You can look at the charts to see where your body resists change and understand those will be your trouble spots. Your body will want to stay that weight or return to that weight. The charts help you understand your body.

- Submitted by LINTPICKER 7/19/2013 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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If it has been a bad day, create a healthy plan for the rest of the day, now..Don't wait

It's easy to let the whole day slide if part of the day's been bad. If you've had a bad spell, get up and figure out all the healthy actions you're going to take the rest of the day and put the bad part of the day behind you. emoticon

- Submitted by EDENFELL 6/19/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Set a reminder to create a habit of tracking

I used the alarm function on my phone to remind me a few times per day (specific to each day of the week) to track my food & exercise. After a while I only remind myself with my wake up alarm. When I get off track, I go back on the reminders. It's like a nagging mother!
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- Submitted by UTAH_MOM_3 6/12/2013 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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Track every bite

Today I tracked a marshmallow. A single little marshmallow that I carelessly popped in my mouth. It is easy to leave little things like that off. Track every bite and nibble. The more aware, the more accountable, the easier it is to change.

- Submitted by HSCROGGINS1 6/10/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Every Day is Day One

Any time I messed up when working towards a goal, it was too easy to quit. "Well, I already failed, one more soda won't make much difference." Now I remind myself, "Every day is day one." Had a soda yesterday? Today is day one. Today I can keep trying.

- Submitted by GHOSTOFJANE 6/6/2013 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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Something that works for me

I am a picky eater and horrible at being consistent about working out. So I've began to walk or do some type of exercises when I get munchy.

- Submitted by SOFTKITTY81 5/15/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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I am just getting started in SP, and I love it, this kourney I know will not be as hard as I originally thought emoticon

- Submitted by LADYLUCK72 5/6/2013 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Pre-pack your dry snacks

Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!

You can also fit a serving of nuts into a plastic Easter egg!

However you do it, and whatever your dry snack, you will be prepared to grab one and go.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/26/2013 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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Getting your water on

An easy way to drink 8 glasses of water a day is to get a tall glass which holds 500 ml or 16 floz. Drink one when you wake up in the morning, another before lunch, again before dinner. Thats 6 down, just two more to go throughout the day and whilee exercising and your done.

- Submitted by KITTIKES 3/11/2013 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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