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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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How I stay positive?

I stay positive by starting every day saying: ' This is going to be a good day ' and being thankful for all the good things that happen to me.

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Start Smart with Spark!




When starting out on Spark, it is a bit overwhelming to find certain helpful tools.
Here is my guide to getting started and getting the best out of the website.

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Snack proportioning made easy

This is a little secret that I use to make proportioning my serving sizes easy. It has been the one thing that really has simplified making sure my proportions are correct and in doing that it is small step in helping me have success in reaching my goal. I sure hope it is helpful for you. It can rea...

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Get enough protein!

I think a bare minimum for women 19 to 70 is 46 grams! But I like to eat at least 60 grams. If I run short, I drink a protein drink! My favorites are Advantage or Muscle Milk, but there are other good ones!!

Protein and carbohydrates both contain 4 calories per gram, while fat provides 9 cal...

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riding your bike

my bike has been my lifesaver !!! I love riding now, my brother goes with me at night, to date we are at 11 miles !! I never thought i could do this, but i am loving it !!! Find something that you love and go for it !!! I will be 56 in April and it's all about me and what i can do for me !!!!!!
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Stick to the program

I have been out on this site since 2009. I would lose a few pounds, figure I have it, and then stop working the program. I am having much more success this time around and I am tracking my food every day, all day. I have a personal trainer once a week. If I keep all these things going, I will se...

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There is no secret. . . .

Exercise and eat food that is good for you. Focus on your health.

I worked hard, thinking about the food I eat, and exercising. sadly, I have been off track on exercising for some time, and that is when I started feeling the weight creeping back. I love to exercise, but have been sacrif...

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Know your worth!!

You have to decide what you are worth, you can't let anyone else do that for you!!!!!! You have to decide what steps you are going to take and if they are going to be worth it!!!! Whether you are on this journey to lose weight, get healthier, feel better about yourself, live longer, build muscles,...

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Eat Smaller Everyday

To get smaller you have to eat smaller. To stay smaller you have to keep eating smaller. What ever your goal weight is "eat like you are at that weight."
This really does work. Just like calories in calories out. The more you practice this the more positive you become. Stop weighing. Work on bet...

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Stay Positive about Your Plan

When first envisioning a goal, most of us are positive. We make our plan, and then we start implementing it with enthusiasm and vigor. We look into the future with our mindís eye, and we see ourselves striding toward that goal in leaps and bounds. However, even if we stick to our plan like determ...

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20 Pounds in 2 Weeks

In my first two weeks I've stuck to my prior success in losing weight. What I've done that has been successful:

(1) Eat about 1500 cal/day
Going below 1200 calories can slow down my metabolism and too many calories (depending on your BMR) can cause me to plateau or gain weight. My secret w...

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