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Old 11-07-2006, 04:17 PM   #1
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What if you had time to quickly tell a new uninitiated person one thing about getting slim? What would it be?
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:24 PM   #2
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Make a plan. Do you aim to get healthier? Run a mile? or two? Set a goal that not's weight related but that improves your overall wellbeing.

I focused too much on the weight and it's really hard for me to lose those 3 lbs I gained because I'm intensely focused on the scale. Now I'm changing my goal to running 2 miles without breaks and not bingeing when I get home from work. Seems better than "MUST lost 2 lbs this week!"
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:31 PM   #3
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Do what you can and then do a little bit more. Small changes lead to big results.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:42 PM   #4
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Look at making small changes that can be permanent rather than making large changes that can only be termporary.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:47 PM   #5
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Exercise: start off with a short amount of exercise then add time each week. Be comfortable with your workout and most of all HAVE FUN!
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:49 PM   #6
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Have patience. That weight wasn't gained overnight, and it won't be lost that way either.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:53 PM   #7
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Pick a plan that you can comfortably do for the rest of your life.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:57 PM   #8
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I'd tell a new person to lose the "all or nothing" mentality. I carried that around for years, and it kept me on the wrong track. I thought if I ate a particular food or went a day without exercising, I'd "ruined everything" and might as well give up. This is why I can't do any diet that forbids certain foods -- I have to count overall calories or WW points. If I tell myself anything is forbidden, I fall back into the "all or nothing" trap, where I'm either on a certain diet or I'm off it and I'm eating whatever I want.

Like everyone else said, those small changes add up, and when you see your progress, you'll want to keep at it. It takes a daily commitment and an awareness that you are NOT perfect, but that if you keep working at it, you WILL lose the weight and get healthy and meet your goals.
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:03 PM   #9
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Think long term.
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:25 PM   #10
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Give yourself time. You can't expect to lose it miraculously fast and the best course of action is to give yourself at least a year. That way, your "diet" will be a lifestyle change and you will be better equipped to keep the weight off in the long run.
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Old 11-07-2006, 06:45 PM   #11
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I would tell them that it gets easier the more you do it. The first 2 - 3 weeks are the hardest. Just get past that anyway that you can. After 2 -3 weeks, you will start seeing results and that propels you to keep on going. After 2 -3 weeks the cravings will slow down drastically. After 2 -3 weeks it will almost become second nature to you. After 2 -3 weeks you will be obsessed.
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:34 PM   #12
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I would tell them to treat themselves lovingly, most especially when something difficult happens.. as we're not perfect all the time and can be quite hard on ourselves if we gain a pound, don't lose a pound, miss a workout, have food that's unhealthy or counterproductive, etc... I would tell them to be kind to themselves and treat all experiences as a useful part of a learning process that they can learn from because they deserve to feel good about themselves and love themselves.

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Old 11-07-2006, 09:37 PM   #13
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Find non-food rewards!! That has killed me in the past. "If I go for a run, I can have a cookie." "If I lose 20 lbs, I can have a cookie."

Now it's "When I lose 20 lbs, I'll treat myself to a manicure/buy a new CD/get my hair highlighted/etc."

I agree with thinking longterm, but you can't think too long term either. This may only apply if you're a mere babe though. I'm 20 years old, and if I think about doing this for any more than 5 years, I get overwhelmed and depressed.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:27 PM   #14
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Be consistent and stay the course. If you have a bad meal or a bad day, dust yourself off and keep on going.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:56 PM   #15
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Lean proteins and veggies.
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