A secret for success in my life regarding health and fitness has been the use of SparkPeople as a way of connecting with others, throughout the world, who are in the same boat as I. This community of supportive believers in good health through diet and exercise has been for me a well-house of information, support and great conversation. I have been able to connect with people who have the same interests as I and who support me and encourage me in my diet and exercise goals.
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I never go shopping without a list. If it isn't on the list, I don't get it unless it is something I really, really need for my home (like I forgot laungry detergent once). If I see something not on the list and I feel the need to purchase it, I have my daughter with me - and I have to justify it to her why I want to get it. Accountability is the key.
This helps with staying on target but as an added benefit, you also respect your budget because you don't fall for impulse shopping.
When I was having a particularly challenging day, I opened the SparkPeople page at work. When I was typing an email, on a conference call, or working on an issue, I would glance at the SparkPeople tab and tell myself, "You have a whole community of people cheering you on." I realized I couldn't let them down or let myself down. This alleviated stress, and made me realize that I am capable of staying on target and not giving up.
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