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Posted: 26 May 2010, 08:32
I've noticed an awful lot of success stories here--many of them unwritten. So, for those of you making progress--no matter how small--what's the secret to your success? Choose only ONE secret. What makes it work for you?
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 08:48
Learning to forgive myself and move on has been the singularly most important thing for me. I used to sabotage myself with a lot of negative talk and it would end in a bad spiral.
If you sometimes feel a little useless, offended or depressed, always remember that YOU were once the fastest and most victorious little sperm out of millions!

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 08:50
Its to hard to list just one secret! and they really aren't secrets! Smile I make healthy choices, I don't deprive myself of anything if I want it, if I eat too much on one day I don't cave and quit, I just start fresh, and I get off my arse and MOVE! Smile

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 09:04
Sheripickle: What you list here has made the difference for me this time. I've lost and gained a number of times and I think it's always because I lock myself into something I can't live with. No deprivation, nothing off limits, starting fresh every day (every MEAL!), and moving make all the difference!
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 09:08
Practical one:
Make exercise your second job: no excuses.

Ephemeral one:
Lose weight to love and honor yourself, not to punish yourself or out of self hatred.
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Posted: 26 May 2010, 09:22
Since my gym is at work, I have a rule that if I am at work, I *have* to go to the gym.

Even if I am sick, I go down and ride the bike for 15 minutes at a nice slow pace. It is less about the exercise and more about the process of going to gym every day - it helps keep me on track for all the other components of my fitness plan.


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Posted: 26 May 2010, 09:34
My secret is finding excercise that i enjoy. It changes from week to week, so my work outs change quite often.
For now my obsession is running the track at the park. The week before that my obsession was seeing how long i could hold out on the highest setting on the elliptical at the gym. Before that it was kick boxing...
If it werent for that, i would have never lasted this long, i really do hate excercise...

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 10:05
My secret: Eating perfect for six days and then day seven eating all the foods I have been craving. There is no longer any foods that are off limits to me and I am losing weight like crazy. No joke this past Saturday I ate a whole large Dominos pizza and I will lose two pounds this week.
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Posted: 26 May 2010, 11:19
I use the food diary to plan my meals for the next day. I always and invariably eat way too few calories if I just "wing it" and not plan.
Melissa <><
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Philippians 1:6
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Posted: 26 May 2010, 11:21
My biggest success is working out. I say this because for me, working out is the one thing I hate to do. I hate sweating, I hate going to the gym, I hate working out. However, this has been the one thing that I know is helping me to lose weight. It's easy for me to skim on calories, but my body responds more when I burn the calories off.

The secret to getting to the gym four times a week? Making it an appointment in my planner. I pencil in the gym as someone important I have to meet at a certain time, because if I don't, it's so much easier to just go home and pig out.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 11:39
I can't choose just one thing that has helped me. Here's my list:
1) Eating on a schedule. Same time every day.
2) Cutting out as much processed foods as possible.
3) Limiting dairy products to my cheat day.
4) If I crave something, I have it on my cheat day.

So far this month, I've lost 9 inches and 11.6 lbs.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 11:53
Well, I think what's been helping me is that I try to work out 6 times a day and rest on the 7th....with that been said, I also listen to my body if there's a day where I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT FEEL LIKE Getting on the treadmill I end uo either not working out that day or taking a walk in the neigborhood

I also watch what I eat....somethings I have cut out while others like Rice(Which is a BIG part in a Nigerian's eating plan) lol.....I cut down on....I try to be realistic with myself especially since what I want at the end of the day is NOT a diet but a new lifestyle...I also have snack ALOT....healthy snacks like an Apple, Fiber one bar, Banana, carrot, strawberries, honey wheat bread.....I'm also learning to cook more Smile

Finally, I'm going to start learning things that I would have always loved to be able to do but just never learned them (Swimming, biking etc) the plan is to add activities to my list of things I like to do that way whenever I am doing them for fun I am also working out....will let you know how that goes Smile

The biggest thing I do also, because I am a christian is Pray and talk to God about my plans, I ask him for strength and He has and is been my ROCK....

Thats all I've got so far Smile

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 12:09
My secret, count calories on everything I eat even the milk & sugar I put in my coffee. I look for alternatives that are lower in calories so I can eat more throughout the day. Plus high in protein to keep the hunger away.
Also I weight & measure serving sizes. That is critical to making sure I am not consuming more calories than I think. And when I take that day off or I hit the weekend & my routine is broken I still count the calories I am eating even if its a double cheeseburger. It keeps it in front of my face so I know what I'm doing & I don't do it to excess.
"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels"

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 12:39
While my secret is the same as 4theking, this is another one of my secrets.

Take each day one at a time.
It's cliche but when you are trying to lose a bunch of weight it is so important to stay patient. It's easy to get frustrated with the slow process of losing weight the right way, and you just want to be at your goal NOW. You just have to have confidence in yourself that you will do it, you will reach your goal.
Enjoy each day and the journey, because once you are there you will feel amazing.

Have daily goals, like a calories goal and an exercise goal. Don't worry about tomorrow or next week, just focus on each day and if you do that you will definitely succeed.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 12:59
Desire followed by knowledge followed by action.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 19:36
one "secret"? - simple:

"Start thinking of food as fuel, not a hobby -find another one"
Glen - 59
Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Diet: Jenny Craig entrees/my veggies and fruits
Start 2/22/10 @ 283 lbs
CW: 226 lbs
Goal: 225

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 19:48
I eat all of the time; that's my secret! From 7am to 6pm I eat every 2-3 hours. I'm never hungry because I'm always eating.
It's MY time!

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 20:54
My kitchen scales. Everything I eat goes on there first, and eventually ends up on FS. This has taught me a lot about my cooking habits. I now only very rarely add oil to my food for example. A good frying pan means there is absolutely no need for all the extra calories just to stop it sticking! It also means I make an effort to get lots more protein and less carbs than I used to. The 40:40:20 balance works well for me.

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 21:11
Being accountable for everything you put in your mouth is essential!!

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Posted: 26 May 2010, 23:26
Burning more calories than I eat.

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