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What would you tell a new member about our site? Share your quick and easy insider tips for using SparkPeople.com.

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i cant stay motavated

i wish that i could get moavated on my own

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Make a pact with your exercise equiptment

As weird as this sounds it works for me. I PROMISED my treadmill and elliptical (and myself of course), that "if" I got on it I would stay on for my pre determined amount of time. Meaning, if I actually enter the room and get on the treadmill with my expectation of doing 30 minutes, I will.

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Know They Amount Of Calories You Are Eating

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!

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Nutrition Tracking

Tracking what I eat for every meal and snack is essential for
me. It keeps me accountable and on top of my program. I
know how many calories I have consumed and can plan and budget for a special meal and stay in my calorie range.

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Use the Sparkpeople App for iPhone, iPod, etc.

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 :)

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DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

post your water intake on the food tracker

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Be Active!

The more time and effort you put into this site the more successful you will be!

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Communication

It's really no secret; the best feature on SparkPeople.com is the ability to share with other real people. Blogs, message boards, team posts are all good ways to stay motivated and keep coming back. Join a team and stay in touch with your goals.

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Other Goals

I put my daily task list in the other goals feature of sparkpeople. This way, I am able to check them off as I go. It helps keep me motivated to see how much I get accomplished. And I get sparkpoints for scrubbing the toilet

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Stay On Track Calendar

I love the Stay On Track Calendar. It gives me a monthly view that not only shows me days I've forgotten to track, but also helps me identify problems - like, if I'm eating too much, or not exercising enough on the weekends!

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