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The Rules of MFP Success

If you are new around here, welcome. Now here are the rules of success!

Losing weight is easy, I do it every time I clip my nails. As the New Year's resolutions fall by the way side, it might be time to regroup and get back on track!

-1 Schedule your workouts like you would a gynecology appointment. You may not want to go, but you need to take 30 minutes 3x/week to move as much and as fast as you can.

-2 Log all your food and set your activity levels properly. If you can't count, Google easy math. ;)

-3 Try eating your exercise calories as recommended. It might NOT work, so try not eating them! Just don't make another post in the forums about it!

-4 Weigh your food portions. I suspect you didn't get to where you are by not knowing how many grams/ounces a rib eye steak weighs!

-5 Get rid of all the junk foods and trigger foods in the house. I will even let you log this as Cardio exercise, "Cleaning with Maximum Effort!"

-6 Take pictures now, you'll be glad you did. If you are serious, take some ugly fat pics! 50 pounds from now you'll be glad you did.

-7 Use the tape measure often and the scale sparingly. If you are doing the cardio, some weeks your weight is going to move around.

-8 Plan for success - know what you are going to eat as far in advance as you can. A flight plan will save a lot of complaining and looking for sympathy on the news feed. :)

-9 Visit your favorite restaurant sites NOW, and make a list of suitable meals at each of them. You really can get out of most places with a 400 calorie meal if you plan for it.

-10 Never make excuses, it's your life. :)

Thanks for the votes and comments. I really am going on vacation!

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48 comments:

cessnaholly wrote 102 months ago:
Good ideas. Thanks!
shivaslives wrote 102 months ago:
while I don't necessary agree with all of them personally, it still a good list of advice.
llahairdna wrote 102 months ago:
Great advice, as always!
redhotredneck wrote 102 months ago:
Great advice! :)
aliciagetshealthy wrote 102 months ago:
Great list! and don't forget Patience!
dsjohndrow wrote 102 months ago:
@Alicia - do I seem like a patient person to you? Please. LOL
tnrown87 wrote 102 months ago:
#3 LOL YES!!!! Great advice!
BobbyDaniel wrote 102 months ago:
Yes X's 10!
cfreema wrote 102 months ago:
I saw this post and thought, isn't he on vacation? SO GO MISTER! ;)
STARSHINE1975 wrote 102 months ago:
On spot as always!
Butterfly3730 wrote 102 months ago:
This is the one I like the best - LOL: -3 Try eating your exercise calories as recommended. It might NOT work, so try not eating them! Just don't make another post in the forums about it!
irisheyes226 wrote 102 months ago:
Thank you! I just joined yesterday and this helps a lot! Good luck to everyone!
kevinlynch3 wrote 102 months ago:
HAHAHAHA......I love #3
jak111 wrote 102 months ago:
#5 gotta love that one! Have a great vacation!
mattieford wrote 102 months ago:
Great tips! Thanks! :)
kellicruz1978 wrote 102 months ago:
#3 is great! LOL! Good blog!
FlyByJuly wrote 102 months ago:
All good points. Nos# 6 & 7 are biggies to me. The scales have been kind to me, but the photos and measurements are like my two BFFs!!!!!
Mustangsally1000 wrote 102 months ago:
Oops..I never took the "ugly" photos..and as much as I see changes in myself..clothes fit differently..gone down 2 sizes...I must ba a bad measurer....cuz I'm not seeing changes there. I need an impartial measurer type person who has tape measure skills. Cuz, I evidently do not have them!!!
odditblue wrote 102 months ago:
Rule TEN is my uber-favorite. No making excuses. It is what it is. Accountabililty. You've taught me that. Thank you. =)
Wildgirl10 wrote 102 months ago:
Thank you Thank you! I agree with measure yourself and use the scale sparingly..I'm 30 days in and although my scale says 5lb loss..it still moves around. However, I fit into two pairs of jeans that I couldn't (without laying down to zip) easily and my coworkers notice a diffence in my face..my husband said my butt is smaller..lol but it's the inches I am most excited about not the scale right now.
JustLena75 wrote 102 months ago:
Great post. Made me smile.
jfrog123 wrote 102 months ago:
Great post. The first one caught me off guard. I am just glad gyno appointments are not necessary as frequently as exercise!
hippiequeen8767 wrote 102 months ago:
Great posts, I didn't know I was suppose to eat back my exercise calories.
femmemusicale wrote 102 months ago:
LOL @ #1 since most of us women don't go to the OBGYN three times a week! Does that mean we only have to exercise once a year? ;)
bhaktinstella wrote 102 months ago:
these are SPOT ON. Thanks!
nelsaphine wrote 102 months ago:
Short and to the point!! Thank you :)
staroftheeast wrote 102 months ago:
Great blog. Enjoy your vacation.
Selena0102 wrote 102 months ago:
I am new so this is great advice. Thanks for sharing.
TGomo wrote 102 months ago:
Loved #10! #3 was good for giggles. Good information and a quick, great read. Thanks!
Bridget28152723 wrote 102 months ago:
sounds like you are a pro! i am guilty of not doing some of these, but I am regular on my workouts, Thanks for this!!
LadyBeryl wrote 102 months ago:
Love it. I don't like eating my exercise calories but it is really cool knowing they are there -- just in case! I can occasionally indulge and not go off of my diet.
Amayrial wrote 102 months ago:
bueno!
bikiniready201 wrote 102 months ago:
I like #3!!
-3 Try eating your exercise calories as recommended. It might NOT work, so try not eating them! Just don't make another post in the forums about it!
kimbar303 wrote 102 months ago:
Really liked this!
Spunky50 wrote 102 months ago:
GREAT Ideas!! I think I'll print of the "Rules of MFP" Success and keep them as a handy reminder!! Love your site!!
kerri_thing_1 wrote 102 months ago:
great list
cbcw1964 wrote 102 months ago:
words to live by....thank you! I am new but I can see this is the baseline advice everyone needs to keep in mind...thank you!
usernamejoe wrote 102 months ago:
Awesome list! Printing now
ontheskinnyroad wrote 102 months ago:
Great Tips!!
Hungry_Tuna wrote 102 months ago:
You're the wisest person I know here. Great post!
sgirl29 wrote 102 months ago:
Excellent advice! Thanks for sharing! :)
DaveLowus wrote 102 months ago:
Sounds like you walked the walk and can talk the talk. Very good info.
foxxyroxxy369 wrote 102 months ago:
Sounds like excellent advice, new to MFP
DKaye09 wrote 102 months ago:
Excellent advice :)
Awesomeaussie wrote 102 months ago:
I am fairly new and appreciate the advice. Thanks!
Hollsjazzy wrote 102 months ago:
VERY WELL PUT! =) Thanks for sharing it! =)
FrodoStrong wrote 102 months ago:
Upvote for you my good sir.
JfMarrs wrote 99 months ago:
Another for the Best of.

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