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

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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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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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