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Sticky Starting Out Tips for Weight Reduction

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Ravenbeauty
Ravenbeauty
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Joined: 2002/09/24
United States
2007/07/13, 02:39 PM
Found this article and thought I would share. :)

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The following 10 tips to weight reduction don't involve buying expensive foods or hiring a personal trainer. Instead, they involve common sense.

Tip 1:
Choose activities that are fun. Exercise doesn't have to be a chore and the more fun it is, the more likely you are to stick with it.

Tip 2:
Variety is the spice of life! Don't just find one thing and stick to it... your guaranteed to get bored eventually. Find a couple different types of exercise that you enjoy (swimming, biking, weight training, yoga, group exercise classes, etc.) and mix it up!

Tip 3:
Keep a record of your activities. Set small "achievable" milestones and reward yourself periodically. Nothing motivates and keeps you going like success!

Tip 4:
Make it a lifestyle! Short-term diets and fitness kicks don't work. Lifestyle changes that become part of your normal routine are important for long-term success.
Watch the clock. Pick a time that's convenient and try to stick to it. If you get used to working out before work or walking during your lunch hour... you're more likely to stick with it.

Tip 5:
Don't be too hard on yourself. If you miss an exercise opportunity, try to work something else in rather than feeling down. If a lunch meeting interferes with your regular walk... go for a walk after dinner.

Tip 6:
Stay entertained. Music is a great motivator and can make exercise more fun. Mix your own CD's with your favorite music or books on tape and take them along when you're working out. Many people also like to watch TV or catch up on their soaps while on a treadmill. Whatever it takes to keep up with the program.

Tip 7:
Surround yourself with supportive people. Share your activity with others who want to see you succeed and will be encouraging. It may be a friend, family member, or neighbor, or US!


Tip 8:
Run with a co-worker over lunch or find a workout partner. If you're at the gym at the same time everyday, look for people that may have similar goals... since your schedules are the same, maybe he/she is looking for a workout partner?

Tip 9:
Slow and steady wins the race. Don't risk injury by pushing yourself too hard too quickly. Start with low to moderate level activities and gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts as you become more fit.

Tip 10:
But... don't get lazy! While pushing yourself too hard is bad... not doing enough is equally bad! There is a fine line between staying on a plateau and providing enough stimulus so your body will grow. You should gradually increase the amount of weight you lift, the length of your cardio exercise, etc. to keep you moving towards your goal. If your goal is overall fitness, you should work up to exercising three or four times per week for 30-60 minutes.


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Bettia

You Get What You Train For!
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asimmer
asimmer
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United States
2007/07/14, 08:33 AM
Nice post, Bettia!

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Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
Thomas Carlyle


sweetu773
sweetu773
Posts: 2
Joined: 2007/07/15
Pakistan
2007/07/15, 09:36 AM
1 see ur food first :cool:
2 do exercie daily:dumbbell:
3 try 2 be happy and busy:big_smile: :love:
4 get up early in the morning and at time:)
hooi
hooi
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Joined: 2007/07/16
Bahamas
2007/07/16, 09:58 PM
ne 1 huv n ideas on how to lose weight in 1 month my transportation is limited so not sure i can go out n run or walk:angry:

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christal086
christal086
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Joined: 2007/01/06
Australia
2007/08/29, 05:57 AM
unless you live on a boat in the middle of the ocean i cant see why you cant walk or run down the street.

and if you do live on a boat go swimming :) (just kidding, i'm sure you dont live on a boat)
Ravenbeauty
Ravenbeauty
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Joined: 2002/09/24
United States
2007/08/29, 02:25 PM
Do you have any medical issues with your legs that are preventing you from running or walking? If not, then that is what you need to do along with getting a good exercise routine and adjust your eating habits in place.

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Bettia

Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It is all about timing.
-Stacey Chapman
dreamer85
dreamer85
Posts: 1
Joined: 2007/10/02
United States
2007/10/02, 09:55 PM
I am trying to lose about 100 lbs. But I am having a problem with the sweets. I can can't stop I have tried. What Can I do?Can some one please give me some tips or advice.
splyce
splyce
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Joined: 2007/09/21
United States
2007/10/03, 11:55 PM
I have a terrible sweet tooth myself! I eat non fat yougrt, Natural honey, and drink a glass of water when the craving hits. I'm shure others have good suggestions as well! Good luck think positive and keep on track!

Ed
Denovas
Denovas
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Joined: 2004/01/20
United States
2007/10/05, 07:52 PM
I have a serious sweet tooth myself, but I found that the more I give into it the worse off I am. When it does hit I try to have fruit on hand, pre-measured, so I don't go overboard. I also found a really good protein shake that tastes like chocolate milk and a protein bar that tastes like a real candy bar! I just split the bar because of the high calorie count (I am counting) and use it like a snack. Probably not suppose to do that, but oh well. I figure it is better then grabbing a candy bar and it tastes great.
Ravenbeauty
Ravenbeauty
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2007/11/10, 10:04 PM
I was just going to suggest to replace the sweets, with protein shakes, fruit smoothies and there are some awesome protein bars that taste just like candy. Pure Protein is my favorite.

Good luck and hope this helps out!

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Bettia

Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It is all about timing.
-Stacey Chapman
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