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In order to stay accountable for my running, I registered for a race and told everyone I knew about it! I knew I would not want to let myself down and have to tell everyone that I couldn't complete the race because I couldn't commit to the training.
This is the single most useful tool SparkPeople.com provides. If you're new to the site, learn to use it first. Exercise is useful, but learning and controlling what you eat is paramount to weight loss. It takes a little time to learn its special features, but it's well worth it.
Have Sparkpeople design strength training workouts for you by Editing your Fitness settings. They will customize a workout for you with the equipment you already have on hand. Use it to design a new workout every 4-6 weeks to keep from getting bored and see continued improvement in your strength.
Since many people spend lots of hours on Facebook & Twitter, this can be a great way to get reminders about your goals and stay in touch with SparkPeople. We share tips, contests, updates, and generally just have lots of fun with members there too!
Use the Spark People calorie tracker. Weigh, measure and track you calories. Don't just guess what you are eating. Not losing anything? Reduce your calories toward the lower range Spark People gave you and try that for awhile. Tracking really does work!
Tracking what I eat for every meal and snack is essential for
This is a perfect tool to keep track of your food, water, fitness, etc. I can add in what I'm eating, before I put one bite in my mouth, my workout after I'm finished, each ounce of H20 downed, etc. It keeps me from missing a beat :)