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

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Start walking every day.

I would procrastinate about walking every morning. Now I just do it before I do anything else in the morning and it is done!

- Submitted by GRATEFUL_DAWN 4/7/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Small steps are still steps forward.

Take it one day, or even one meal at a time. And start small. Maybe you add one additional serving of fruit or veggies per day. Maybe you start exercising in 10 minute increments. I found that once I hit a monthly number of fitness minutes, I want to match that or increase it by say 100 minutes the next month. emoticon

- Submitted by KYOUNGS71 9/20/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Make drinking water interesting

A few zero-calorie, flavored stevia drops can make guzzling water actually enjoyable. You can choose flavors to suit your mood, flavors like lemon, orange, berry, grape, or even vanilla, toffee or chocolate-raspberry. Or put it in sparkling water for a natural, calorie-free soda.

- Submitted by FREESPIRITME 1/8/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Mind games

Make sure your mind is in the right place before you start. If you aren't really ready, all your efforts won't matter. Also, take a before photo of yourself and put it somewhere prominent. That is the best motivation! emoticon

- Submitted by ELDRIDGEH 3/19/2014 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Have a support system

Once I was more involved with Sparkpeople, I picked up on more motivation by reading stories and interacting with other members. Some of my worst days became my best because of my Spark friends!! emoticon

- Submitted by LADYBUG4869 10/17/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Focus on what you can add, not what you have to give up!

When you're first starting out, it's best not to focus on what you have to give up - your favorite foods, your TV time, etc. Instead, spend the first week or so adding things - more water, more sleep, more fruits & veggies. Then slowly start focusing on what you need to give up. By adding first, you won't feel as much like you're depriving yourself.

- Submitted by REDMAIJ 9/16/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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setting goals

Before getting started set yourself goals, short ,medium and long term goals and give yourself dates to achieve these by.

- Submitted by MUFFIN_TOP785 6/15/2010 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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