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This can't be said enough: use EVERYTHING!
Day 3 and I feel great. Every morning I can hardly wait to login and start my day feeding myself with the motivation I need to keep me focused. Concentrating on 3 Fast Breaks that will help me stop eating mindlessly at night, schedule a daily exercise time, and adopt a motivational action "5 min. pep talk" telling me I can do this. I can plan and track my food daily and I can log in how much exercise I have done even if I only walked 15-30 minutes that is an accomplishment.
The last thing i do every night when I'm on Spark page is plan out my meal for the following day. I do so much better in following my diet that way and if possible i try to plan a couple days in advance to make sure that i have all the ingredients i need for cooking.
Often a Sparkmember will have a gorgeous picture as their page background but it will be hidden by the page itself, usually only showing the outer edges of the picture, no matter how far down you scroll.
Every week I sign up for the Spark Virtual Races and post my time... either walking or running. If you walk (or run) at least a mile once a week you are eligible to post your time and collect a trophy! If you aren't doing this already be sure and check it out.
Something I realized I needed to do in order to be successful was to prelog my food for the whole day, preferably at breakfast and sometimes in bed before I get up.
I have used the Nutrition and Fitness tracker each day. When I was on my mini vacation. I was unable to use it. I had no access to a computer. I totally missed it. I felt very lost without it. When I logged on this morning. I felt like I came back to an old friend.
Use your blog to motivate you to succeed. You don't have to bare your soul or anything - but if you want and need support - that is a great place to get it.