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Old 11-07-2006, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default One Thing for a New Person???

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.
You can't out-exercise poor eating habits.
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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.

It will take as long as it takes.

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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.

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -- St. Francis of Assisi
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:03 PM   #9
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Think long term.
SIX YEARS at maintenance weight!

My very long weight loss story

"I saw an angel in the marble and I chiseled until I set it free."
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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.

good luck!

Mini-goal 1: Reach 257lbs
Mini-goal 2: Reach 222lbs
Mini-goal 3: Reach 209lbs
Mini-goal 4: Reach 199!
Mini-goal 5: Reach 179 lbs (overweight BMI category!!)
Mini-goal 6: Reach 160lbs
Final goal: Reach 145lbs

Mini exercise goal 1: Begin running September 2012
Mini exercise goal 2: Celebrate graduation with a 5K
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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.
Here it comes, a better version of me.- Fiona Apple

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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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