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Sharing secrets

Friday, April 09, 2010

I am trying to improve on my blogging so today I decided maybe I could help someone else if I shared some of the things that have helped me be a SP success story:
Here are some things that have worked for me

1) I started out taking baby steps. Small goal(s) ~small steps toward them. For example: my first exercise goal was to walk for 15 minutes 3 times a week. Then I just added more goals and time spent as I went along. I did not go from 0 to 100 overnight!!

2) I started looking for new recipes. And I was only interested in a recipe that had the nutritional values included or it was simple enough to input into SpartkPeople's recipe calculator. I discovered that in addition to SP's great recipes, I could also get free ones from www.eatingwell.com; and www.bhg.com. All free - most with nutritional values. All healthier than most of the millions of recipes I have saved over the years!! SP figured out what my daily intake of calories, fat carbs etc.. should be so all I had to do was find recipes that helped me stay in within those guidelines.

3) I was already buying some of my food from a company called Schwans - which is a home delivery service that has been around since I was a kid. I discovered that they offer a line a food called "Live Smart" which is healthier than the rest and also has all nutritional values with it. Several items are already pre-packaged such as the boneless, skinless chicken breast and some low fat low cal desserts. I started ONLY buying "Live Smart" items. Which by the way - most are VERY VERY good. I do spend a little more than at the local grocery store - but I was buying from them before I changed my life - and I now realize that my husband and I are worth the little extra anyway!

4) Buying a Wii and WiiFit game was the best money I ever spent. It makes me want to get up and move everyday. They have lots of fun games and I don't care what ANY ONE says - I wear a heart rate monitor and I CAN burn calories... I CAN keep my heart rate up... and I CAN lose weight! And - I use it EVERY day!

5) I found that telling others about my goals will keep me accountable. I spent years letting myself down - but heaven forbid I would let YOU ALL down. At any rate - it works for me!

6) The nutrition tracker is my best friend. It is very hard to gauge what my daily intake is if I don't take the time to track it

Maybe some of the secrets of my success can help someone else.....
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  • MAGNIFICENTMAGG
    thanks for sharing. I am still on my baby steps but I am getting there. I am really tracking my food more often. I am thinking more about healthier foods. Glad to hear about the Wii because we will using that during the summer.
    3773 days ago
  • SM-ARTGIRL
    Thank you for taking the time to divulge you sucess secrets Pam!
    It is the community here at Sparkpeople who make such a difference to my consistency with adopting my healthy lifestyle!
    I am so lapse with tracking, guess that might be my new mini goal because it certainly works for you, you look fantastic & energetic! Congratulations!

    3806 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/22/2010 1:05:20 AM
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Thanks, Pam. Your plan is great! Obviously, it worked for you! Thanks for sharing...we had a good time in Biloxi, unfortunately too good of a time at the buffet and not enough good time at the slot machines!
    3818 days ago
  • ASHLYNMOM
    Thanks for the advice - it helps to hear it over and over again!
    3818 days ago
  • THE_JULES1
    All excellent ideas. I tell people to baby step it all the time!
    3818 days ago
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