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

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Track something

Set yourself up for success by tracking something. It is OK to start slowly. It builds habits.

- Submitted by HPSANDDOLLAR 3/6/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Do a little more

I always try to do just a little more than before... in everything. Examples: I used to brush my teeth leaning on the counter. One day, I made a conscious decision to remain standing upright, the next day I started moving my feet while I brushed. When I'm working out on the treadmill, I try to stay at a higher speed/elevation longer than the last time, even if it's just 30 seconds longer. This way I can become more active in the little things I do and continue to push myself!

- Submitted by DANI-N 3/5/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Find Your Passion

If you want to stick with an exercise plan, my advice to you is find something that you are passionate about. It may take you a while to find it, but I guarantee you will find it. I never exercised on a regular basis as an adult. I started swimming. Got up to 70 laps a day. But I didn't enjoy it. I dreaded geting in that pool. I started Zumba classes in Nov. Finally I found it! Something that excites me. I've never said this before, but I can't wait to exercise now. Zumba! My passion.

- Submitted by TIME-4-TINA 2/21/2013 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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Put Yourself First!

Start a daily "to do" list and make sure you are in the top three spots. The sooner you start out this way, the easier it will become to start putting yourself first, without feeling guilty. Make exercise a top priority, as well as preparing your healthy snacks or meals for the day. Women especially tend to place everybody and everything else before themselves leaving no time in the day left for exercise or relaxation. Start making yourself, mind, body, and spirit a top priority!

- Submitted by HAPPLYEVERAFTER 2/16/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Plan Ahead!

"Failure to plan is a plan for failure"- Unknown

- Submitted by MANDYVANHOOK 1/10/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Track everything

The tracking tools (food/exercise) are truly for your benefit. It helps reveal personal pitfalls and highlights areas that you really need to focus on. If you track everything, the truth of your past failures will ultimately reveal themselves. It's up to you whether you "avoid" the truth or take it head on. The path you take will determine your end results.

- Submitted by CYN1825 1/4/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Start with small goals.

I like to start with a few small goals.....like drinking more water, no soda, increasing fruits/veg's. In the past I have put too much focus on the number on the scale and let unrealistic goals defeat my initial enthusiasm. I did not gain all this weight in a few weeks or months.

- Submitted by MAMACMAY 1/3/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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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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