Secrets of Success

Getting Started Secrets

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

46

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Love Mainstays Digital Kitchen Scales from Wal-Mart

This scale was inexpensive, has tare automatically when you turn it on with empty container on it and can be re-tared as each item added, is very accurate (I verified with known weights) and is easy to use and clean. It is also very attractive and can be left out on the counter!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

6

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Set a lower weight loss rate

If staying in calorie range is the most difficult part of your journey, try setting a lower weight-loss rate so you will have a higher calorie range. Adjusting your goal from 2 lb/week to 1 lb/week makes is so you can eat approximately 500 more calories per day!

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

9

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

the turtle approach

when i decided the time had come for some much needed lifestyle change, i knew it would be a difficult process. i call it the turtle approach. it has only 2 components: (1) eat more of the healthy stuff, less of the not so healthy AND (2) move more every day. it's not complex - it works for me.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

10

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Gradually Reduce Calories

Don't try to do everything all at once. I knew that cutting my calories drastically would sabotage my efforts. So I tracked my normal eating for two weeks and then gradually reduced calories and increased water each week until I was used to eating within my calorie range.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

82

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

LOG YOUR FOOD

I know a lot of people do not want to count calories. I used to be one of them. Using the Nutrition Tracker is essential to learning what you eat and where you need to change.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

14

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Just Do Something

I know it sound simple, but you have to start somewhere, you don't have to wait for everything to get perfect before you start we will never start. You can always make that choice to not eat that next bite you know you shouldn't, or not drink that pop. Go outside and walk around the block.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

59

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Choose Foods you Like & exercise you can live with

Once you decide TO ... you have to decide HOW ...

Choose foods you LIKE or it's not going to work .. I'm NOT a salad fan but I LOVE roasted vegetables .. so I make alot of meals with vegetables and very few with salad -

It also helps to have about 10-20 "go-to meals" in the recipe ...

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

6

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Commitment Plus

Commitment commitment commitment....3 words that keep me on track. If I am not committed then I won't be disciplined in keeping up my exercise daily and tracking my calories. Commit to exercise, commit to tracking your food intake and commit to your new healthy self.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

7

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

Motivation

Doing a little bit every day helps keep me motivated. Little things like parking far from the door or taking the stairs, contribute. Also, I have to cart my kid all over the place. Instead of hanging around doing nothing, I bring my ipod and go for a long walk.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment

8

MEMBERS SPARKED This Sparked Me!
Leave a Comment

How to stay on course!

Get familiar with all of the tools on Spark and USE them!!! Never stop using them and be active on the message boards!!! Be sure to join teams that fit your needs, not JUST because they look like fun.

This Sparked Me! Leave a Comment
Submit a Secret


See Another Category: Go

Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.