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5/13/13 11:09 A

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What I've read is pretty sound advice. In the 60's when I lifted weights the rule of thumb was to work out every other day, but I went against the grain and worked out every day. What made it work for me is that I would work on a different set of muscle groups each work out. If you focus on any one exercise your muscles will stop advancing because they have reached their max with that exercise and you'll also burn out doing the same thing day in and day out. It's good to mix things up so you won't get stale and your body will always be challenged as well as finding a group of exercises you will enjoy. I hope you don't get overwhelmed by all the advice that's been given and give up before you start, just do what feels right and you'll eventually find your niche.

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5/12/13 7:29 A

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I am a pretty simple person so I try to keep things pretty straightforward. Basically I look at it this way: any exercise is good for you. Since you haven't established a fitness routine, I would set a time limit (30 minutes??) per day and try different things. Walk in a park one day. Do an exercise video another day. If you are near a bike rental place, you could even rent a bike for a couple hours. If you have netflix try different styles of workout videos - kickboxing, aerobics, etc. You might find something that you really like. That is the key to having something that you can stick with. If you hate it - its just not gonna work. Also I would not make any major changes to my diet for the first week, but I would track everything I ate on the nutrition tracker. This will give you insight into how close you are to your calorie range. Then you can begin to make changes (the recipes are awesome, but if you hate to cook simply begin to add in fruits and veggies - again try new stuff you might find you like it). Above all, look at this as an adventure. We have all tried and made mistakes, but every day is a new opportunity. Just keep at it and enjoy the journey!!

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5/12/13 5:43 A

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Welcome Caitlyn,
I am starting over here, well now I've been here 9 or 10 days. I agree with all the suggestions others have given you. For me , when I did first start I made a point to make sure I got atleast my 8 cups of water in and started tracking every thing I ate in the food tracker, helped me get an idea of what I needed to change. As for exercise I do the beginners workout that you can get to from the fitness tracker. It's a little tough for me still but I am battling through it. I sure wish you the best! We can do this!!!

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5/12/13 1:46 A

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Getting Started with SparkPeople's Fitness Starter Kit
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn
ess_articles.asp?id=1228

Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
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The 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge is a great team to join. There will be people on there who have never exercised or have not exercised in a very long time. You will get a lot of encouragement to do something everyday.

There are 10 minute workout videos by Coach Nicole so you can just pick one of those each day. Make sure you go easy on your workouts so you can finish each one.

One of the best things to do daily concerning eating, is to log your food. Just log it, no matter how "badly" you may have eaten. Logging is a great habit to get into and it keeps you from having a completely unfocused eating day. And it will lead you to wanting to eat better if you see the fact right in front of you.

Don't give up, that's too easy! Keep coming back everyday and reading and learning and seeking motivation and you will be on your way to success.


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5/12/13 1:20 A

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Hello, everyone. Some questions I have is if there is a starting exercise I could do that won't make me become unmotivated and any meal plan that may be an example to what I should make my daily intake similar to?
I personally do not do well on my own. I find it helpful to have something to follow on a daily bases so then I wouldn't be more likely to wanting the unhealthy foods like junk food, take-out,etc. Along with the exercising, I am more of a couch potato right now, since it is practically the summer. Everything I've tried before, had made me lose my confidence of accomplishing my goals, and long term goals. I want to lose the weight so I would have a healthier life style and not even have the mind to want to switch back to my old habbits once I get myself on a healthy track. Thanks everyone for the advice, motivation, and welcomes.

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5/11/13 9:36 P

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Howdy!


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5/11/13 8:14 P

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5/11/13 5:28 P

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Welcome! Use the trackers daily and you'll find yourself motivated more than you could imagine!

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5/11/13 4:26 P

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Jola I love that point you made that pounds come and go but health is the important thing. That has really rung a bell with me emoticon

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5/11/13 3:36 P

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We are all in this together!!! Try to find small healthy changes you can live with. Instead of immediately cutting out things, just start by drinking lots of water and adding healthy items to your existing diet. I think it can be overwhelming to make lots of radical changes at once. After all this is really about living better and healthier - not about a specific number of pounds to lose. Pounds can come and go, but your overall health is what is really precious. Good luck and remember - strive for progress, not perfection.

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5/11/13 3:02 P

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Thank you for welcoming me:) , and I hope I do get as much out of this site as I can, and good luck with the book!:)

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5/11/13 2:52 P

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Hi, I really struggle with motivation too,I start the day thinking this is it and then by afternoon I have blown it and then end up binge eating for the rest of the day because I have blown it and I tell myself I will start again tomorrow. Need to get out of this cycle

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5/11/13 2:03 P

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KayKay,

I understand about the motivation issue and it's a struggle for quite a few of us. What I like about this site is the daily motivation and encouragement you get by just logging on. We are not kidding when we say that the more you use the site the more motivation you get. Reading blogs, making friends and doing challenges will all help. Good luck. Feel free to add me as a friend so that I can see you progress.

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emoticon KayKay.
This site has helped so many people including me. My Spark Solution book just arrived for a two week jumpstart. I have been on the site 7 month but look forward to learning from this book. Its all about babysteps and living. I hope you get as much out of this site as I am. emoticon

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5/11/13 1:29 P

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Hello, my name is Caitlyn, and I have been on the heavy side for quite a while now. No matter what diet I put myself on, I always find myself slacking off, due to lack of motivation. I wake up and tell my self everyday, "okay, today is the day I get serious and actually lose weight." I currently weigh 234lbs and I really want to weigh 180lbs or just be back in the 100's before the summer ends. I joined because I thought I'd try something new to atleast put myself back on a routine. I hope to come across new ideas and healthy recipies to help me succeed on reaching my goal. emoticon

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