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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Schedule your workout

I schedule walking with 2 "exercise buddies" for 3 days a week. They hold me accountable!!

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Smart Eating Out

We go out quite a bit. Restaurants, art receptions,neighborhood get togethers. They're all a big part of life and community, and I want to participate without throwing me off track.

If I plan to go out, I make the best choices I can for the other meals of the day. When I get to the party, I...

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Learn from Mistakes

I've lost weight and regained it. What that did for me was to teach me about myself. I learned that I love running. I never would have tried it, if I wasnít trying to lose. Losing weight taught me that I am capable of doing so, and what it would actually take to get it done.

Iíve learne...

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Take Baby Steps

Little changes over time make the biggest impact. If you try too much at once, you'll get overwhelmed and struggle to maintain your new lifestyle. If you change small things one thing at a time, it's easier. Start with more water, shoot for an initial goal of four glasses a day, for example. Then, b...

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After I eat, I think about it before adding more.

After I finish a meal, I think about it before adding more to my plate.

I usually track it in my food journal before I eat. If I am still hungry, I stop & give it some careful thought before going ahead. Sometimes just finishing with a cup of coffee away from the table is all I need.

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Toddlers are Cool

My darlings are 7 and 12 but for some reason we still had the toddler sized bowls in with the dishes. They were good for when we needed a bowl of blue cheese dressing with hot wings. They've been microwaved to the point where you had a worn ring around the inside where things would get too hot. W...

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Don't Just Use It

I've been with Sparkpeople for 49 days. I know because I have a Spark Streak of 49 days. I make sure I come to the site everyday to track my food and my fitness. I paid for the premium membership and I LOVE it. It is so nice to use the Spark Coach feature. And I realized that coming to the site...

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SparkCoach is a Great Tool!

I absolutely love using SparkCoach. It is informative and helps me stay accountable and makes sure I'm being active in the Spark community. All of it together motivates me to keep on track with my healthy living journey.

Each day, I click on my SparkCoach button and then there is a visualiza...

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Weekly meal planning

One of the things that has helped me the most on my weight loss journey so far is meal planning. Every Sunday I do an simple inventory of all the prepared food available in our fridge, freezer and cupboards, and I plan the week. During this process I also make a shopping list.

I set a goa...

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Work the plan!

Exercise more calories than you consume!
Increase personal goals in small achieveable increments. Success helps motivate sticking with the program!
When you follow all of the wonderful Spark People tips, and advice of the Coaches, results begin to occur. Then motiv...

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The Restaurant Terror

With everything that's been going on with my ongoing stomach issues, the last thing I needed was 3 low-life idiots insulting my family left and right in a restaurant full of people who had overheard what was being said.

First let me say that exercising is still at a minimal because of my stom...

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