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

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NOW!

When you are planning on starting a new routine or you are going to restart a routine that got "blown out of the water"... do it NOW! don't wait for Monday or tomorrow morning or the beginning of the month. Start where you have the idea... that's the time when the motivation is the strongest and you will have the best success.

- Submitted by CEKER9 1/1/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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GNC complete body cleansing (7 day program)

This product helps soooo much. I started it on dec.8, it is now the 13th and i've lost 10 pounds of water weight plus , I feel a lot more energetic because it cleans your system out. I talked to my doctor about it because i thought it was too much weight coming off and she told me losing that much water weight was perfectly fine. Try this product to get started !

- Submitted by RAINEDISASTER1 12/13/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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EDUCATE for SUCCESS, don't start HALF-COCKED for sure FAILURE!

I have set my official start date for January 2, 2013. That does NOT mean I am WAITING until then to work on my GOALS for SUCCESS! I have been working on researching & EDUCATING myself on ways to change my eating habits, and my daily routine & lifestyle, and exploring SparkPeople website.

I have already lost 6 pounds in 10 days...with another 21 days before I *officially* begin MY journey!

- Submitted by BETTYJ1951 12/12/2012 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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No sweets /desserts

During and after pregnancy, I gained 20kgs...from 57kg to 77.8 kg
My desparate move started 10days ago to stop sweets and thinking positive...today I am 700gms less..Hope to continue the same speed to be healthy and get back into shape.

- Submitted by DHANASHRI 11/15/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Test Drive Before you Buy (Diets, Exercise, etc.)

Before you are allowed to commit to a system (or even put more than 1/2 an hour thinking about it) do a trial of it. Your trial should be at least 14% of the time you want to commit to, but feel free to raise that % to hit round numbers and raise your chance of success . After a day you can plan for up to a week, a week: up to 7 (6 is better,) a month: up to 7 (6 is better)... and so on... revise as needed during the process, but keep good notes.

- Submitted by BIGBADBIGFOOT 10/12/2012 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Double duty

I love keeping my workout shorts/ shoes whatever on after a morning workout while I clean house, reminds me I can burn extra calories while getting my house clean a little bit faster emoticon

- Submitted by ELLENOR9 10/8/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Food is Fuel

Before I eat I remind myself that food has a purpose. It is fuel. It isn't to make me feel happier, less anxious or to fill whatever emotional need I have at that moment. When I consume food for fuel I tend to make healthier choices.

- Submitted by MCHELLED 10/7/2012 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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SP Diet Stages Lay the Foundation for the Journey

The SP Diet Stages are at the heart of success, so getting started should be based on their substance. Important key to any change? Habit-breaking!

AWARENESS is a key component in any successful journey; it is the product of uncovering habits is a layer-by-layer process worth the time...IF we want to reach goals. Long-held ways may become so ingrained that we need to focus to know they exist. When you think "oh I KNOW this; I'll skip it", THAT may be exactly when you need to focus most!

- Submitted by SAM60SUMTHINK 10/7/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Just for Today

I have to think in terms of one day at a time. Just today, I'm going to have a glass of water instead of soda. That's one more glass than I had yesterday. Just today, I'm going to go for a walk. Then, tomorrow, I'll remember how good it felt to get out for ten minutes at lunch and walk and I'll have that glass of water again and it turns to habit- a healthy habit. I can't put a deadline on losing weight bc when I slip up even once or twice, I get disappointed and give up.

- Submitted by EMILYH1283 9/11/2012 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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Making it a habit

I started going to the gym before work and even if I didn't have enough time some days to work out, I went to the gym just to take a shower to keep myself in the routine of going there every morning. Also keeping track of your calories is very easy these days. I lost 30 pounds by just doing 20 -30 minutes on the elliptical a few times a week and trying to stay within 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day. My goal every day is only 1,200 but if I went over a little, I knew I had a little room to spare.

- Submitted by HANGWICHIN 9/11/2012 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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