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

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Dogs are great walking buddies!!!

I have four dogs so I am NOT allowed to sit on the couch without getting their walks in. This is a great way to keep me motivated because some days I simply would not get up and exercise if I didn't have to. Looking at their longing faces makes me want to get up and get out there!!!!

- Submitted by SARAHTAIT 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Dogs are great walking buddies!!!

I have four dogs so I am NOT allowed to sit on the couch without getting their walks in. This is a great way to keep me motivated because some days I simply would not get up and exercise if I didn't have to. Looking at their longing faces makes me want to get up and get out there!!!!

- Submitted by SARAHTAIT 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Personal Time

Rather than think of exercise as one of those extra things you have to do, think of scheduling it as "Me time." Forget about all that stress, and just enjoy your work out. Once you do, you'll find yourself missing that time for yourself. emoticon

- Submitted by SZ5_SKINNYJEANS 3/25/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments

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Distractions

Shinny objects just don't work on dogs and kids! Many of us eat when we need comfort for a variety of reasons stressed, angry, tired and many others. Identify the issue and acknowledge it so you can own it. Have a "distraction" ready to help distract you from the issue once identified.

- Submitted by KSIGMA1222 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Plan for the unavoidable

i try to have some extra calories everyday so when i feel i have to have somethink i doon't feel like i've blown it.

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

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Have Fun!

By watching the Biggest Loser or seeing others struggle and hate what they are doing is no way to live. May take some trial and error but have fun and appreciate that you are doing.

- Submitted by KSIGMA1222 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Baby Steps

Do not do it all at once. Build and take baby steps. Start with sleeping more, drinking 8 cups a day and making sure you eat breakfast lunch and dinner. Build upon it and add new things every week or two as you feel comfortable.

- Submitted by KSIGMA1222 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 6 Comments

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Make small changes, one or two at a time

Don't try to overhaul your entire life in one day. Choose a new plan or two every week until your lifestyle slowly becomes healthy. Choose simple things first, like drinking 8 cups of water, but then work up to bigger changes, like running 2 miles every other morning! It really works! emoticon

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

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Fake it until you make it.

When I first began a fitness program, I didn't always know all the moves or the steps. Really I didn't even always feel like going. But I just kept at it like I knew what was going on. Like I wanted to go anyway. Eventually I did want to go and I did know the moves. I just had to get started.

- Submitted by THE_JULES1 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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Baby Steps

Pick an goal & then break it down into baby steps!! Now start with the first baby step....when you have mastered that step & it is a habit for you, take the next baby step.....and so on!!!! You will have achieved your goal & developed healthier habits in the process.....one baby step at a time!!!!

- Submitted by JFROGDIVA 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 8 Comments
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