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Your personal SparkSummary Calendar

I use the SparkSummary Calendar found in My Trackers; Reports; Weights and Other Reports; My SparkSummary Calendar to notice trends in eating and exercise. If I don't lose as much as I think I should I look at my patterns to determine how I can adjust for even more success! emoticon

- Submitted by FEADHEAD 1/1/2014 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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Healthy Rewards

Reward yourself with a new type of exercise or sport, one that reinforces your weight-loss progress & fitness goals.

- Submitted by LAURA3543 7/16/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Every Sunday can be a new beginning

I use Sundays as ways to tweak my progress. I re-set goals in the teams I am a member of; get out of teams I feel are not working for me anymore; join teams I feel are more directly connected to my needs at that time; and so on.

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 5/15/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 9 Comments
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Make a new measurement!

If you hate the thought of staring down the numbers on a tape measure each week, use a piece of string or yarn instead! Wrap the string around the part you want to measure, then cut. Each time you measure, use that same piece of string. Now you can check your progress without being concerned with the numbers attached to it!

- Submitted by ::ALLY:: 1/9/2013 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Taking Notes

Making use of the Notes section at the bottom of the trackers has helped me to keep track of the lessons I am learning in my first weeks of SparkPeople. I'm treating this as a science experiment so as to not deter myself from progress. By taking notes without judgment, I'm able to see and break patterns. This week I have noticed I am over my daily allowance on weekends and during special events. Now I can plan alternative snacks and be prepared the next time I am at an event or on the weekends.

- Submitted by _JUNIP_ 8/20/2012 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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Review and Tweak the Plan~

Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.

- Submitted by MIPALADY23 2/16/2012 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments
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individual choices

Every choice is independent; one bad choice does NOT mean you're doomed to a day of bad choices. Don't let one mistake throw your entire rhythm off; face that bad choice, but make the decision to keep moving forward...every step in the right direction is a victory in of itself! :)

- Submitted by IPSILY 1/7/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Chalkboard Accountability

I bought some blackboard paint and made one big blackboard to keep track of my goals, chores, diet etc. I put a few smaller ones in places like the kitchen and door for reminders like groceries.

- Submitted by CJGASSER 6/13/2011 in Getting Started | 1 Comment
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GET OUT OF THE BAGGY CLOTHES!!!

One of the ways I was able to put on a substantial amount of weight after the birth of my 3rd child and not realize it was because of the clothes I was wearing. Get out of baggy clothes and put on some fitted ones. Baggy clothes seemed to give me a false sense of security about my weight. I knew, deep down, that I had gained weight but, I really didn't have to face the truth until I stepped into a pair of jeans. Celebrate your curves during each faze of your weight loss journey! Don't hide :)

- Submitted by JPARIANOS 5/31/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Inches, Pounds, and Pictures

I have learned that taking my measurements is just as important if not more important than what the scale says. Losing inches is far more motivating than the pounds on the scale because when you lose inches, you lose fat, and drop clothing sizes! Also take weekly progress pictures, you'll be happy to SEE the fat (and inches) melt away even when the scale is stuck or up!
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- Submitted by SUNSHINE667 5/29/2011 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Take Photos of Your Progress

At the start of your weight loss journey, take pictures of yourself. As your progress, every six months or so, take updated photos of yourself. By taking photos of yourself, this serves as a reminder of how far you've come as well as how far you still have to go.

- Submitted by POETCHIK 1/17/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Picture Success

Sometimes it's hard to tell if you really are making any progress (especially if the scale is moving VERY slowly) so every time you lose any amount of weight (inches or pounds) take a snapshot -- each time wearing the same thing and standing in the same place. Then go to an online photo hosting site like photobucket and put them into a slideshow. Watch yourself shrinking for inspiration and reassurance during the tough times.

- Submitted by MIYASEDAI 1/9/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Feeling Good About Your Progress

When I keep track of what I've eaten each day, or the exercise that I've done, I also note temptations that I have avoided, such as "Didn't eat cake at the birthday party." or "Took the stairs instead of the elevator." and these mini-successes can really make a difference in your attitude about your progress. It's especially fun to add them up at the end of the day and really see how you are changing your behavior. emoticon

- Submitted by ERINCIZINA 12/6/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Notepad in my Gym Bag

I always keep a little notepad and pen in my gym bag, not only to jot down how many minutes I spent on cardio equipment and what weights I did, but also whether I had any pain issues, found some exercise unusually difficult, discovered a cool new way to use the balance ball, etcetera. That helps me transfer stuff to SP later, because my memory isn't what it used to be! :)

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 11/11/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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You don't find time, you make it

When you plan your day, you have specifics to aim for and are more likely to see progress. Make yourself a priority, YOU ARE WORTH IT!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 8/10/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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Post your progress on Facebook or Twitter

I'm doing the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred. Posting how many days I've done so far and how many days are left to go keeps me accountable. I can't miss a day knowing that so many people are tracking my progress!

- Submitted by SINLESSGRACE 7/22/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Striving for...

I've come to really love exercising and eating healthy because each setback gives me something to look forward to. When I really push myself to improve, the effects are incredible. I feel strong and confident and hopeful.

- Submitted by MELISHKA 7/14/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Write a monthly progress report as a blog post

I have started writing a monthly progress report. Every first Sunday of the month I measure in and write a blog entry describing my pounds and inches lost, but also my exercise progress, what's new in my program, etc. I find this to be a great motivational and consistency tool!

- Submitted by RUDBEKIA 5/2/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Progress, not perfection

Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward. As long as you keep moving forward, you're winning. No one is perfect -- forgive yourself, learn from your experience, and soldier onward.
Progress, not perfection!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 4/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 12 Comments
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Approach the scale with no expectations

No matter what the scale says, it doesn't change how you feel or how you look. In fact, it means very little in the grand scheme of things. Expect nothing and any loss will be a pleasant surprise and cause for celebration.

- Submitted by ROCKSTARK8 4/4/2010 in Staying Positive | 4 Comments
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Reward your healthy habits

Instead of rewarding yourself for results on the scale which can lead to disappointment, why not reward yourself for your healthy behaviors? Give yourself a reward for consistency, for eating right, drinking water, or sticking with an exercise plan

- Submitted by JUST_SIMONE 4/2/2010 in Motivation | 4 Comments
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Choose Foods you Like & exercise you can live with

Once you decide TO ... you have to decide HOW ...

Choose foods you LIKE or it's not going to work .. I'm NOT a salad fan but I LOVE roasted vegetables .. so I make alot of meals with vegetables and very few with salad -

It also helps to have about 10-20 "go-to meals" in the recipe box

- Submitted by BARBARAROCKSIT 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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