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

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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.

- Submitted by BWCAGRL 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by KATHY_NATURELVR 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by MOMFAN 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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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 box

- Submitted by BARBARAROCKSIT 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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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. emoticon

- Submitted by NICNOC55 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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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. emoticon

- Submitted by ISEMA001 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by CHICKFORCHRIST 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Just Quit Cold Turkey

I needed to omit coca-cola from my life, so I just quit cold turkey 25 months ago. I never gave myself the option to cut back on the amount I drank per day or switching to diet coke. I just quit and never looked back.

- Submitted by SEESALLYRUN 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Always plan ahead

It is so easy to think you can go to an event and promise yourself "I just won't eat any of the goodies"...If your going to a party where your pretty sure there will be lots of fattening food, plan ahead

- Submitted by LILAC93 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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FINDING YOUR LIMITING FACTORS

We all have things inside us that drive us to do what we do. We should look inside and try to find those things that are limiting us from succeeding with our goals.

- Submitted by KAREN7360 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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