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10 Things which Really Helped Me Get Fit

After 3 years on MFP, I have figured out a few things about weight loss, fitness and running. Most of it I didn't learn in the forums. ;)

The most important is this, weight loss and fitness is fragile!

I have met a few of the MFP clan in real life. There are some nice folks here. I am overjoyed that the LIKE button replaced WTG and WTF. I learned how to run, got a few medals, and ran a marathon.

I learned a few reach their goal weight, but sadly, many more don't make it.

How fragile is it? A recent surgery and running injury cause me to be down for most of 7 weeks. I gained almost 15 pounds! That is almost 25% of my weight loss. One would think, with all that I have learned, that I would have cut back the calories while I was healing. I found it very hard to do that. I am happy to be back down 6 pounds.

So what are my secrets to success?

-1 I weigh myself everyday and do measurements every 3 months.
-2 I measure my food portions and for the few food items I buy with a label, I read that too.
-3 I buy new underwear when I need it. It's my secret pleasure.
-4 I make time to sleep 8 hours.
-5 I take a few supplements that seem to work.
-6 I run 6 days a week if I can. I have averaged about 150 miles a month so far, in 2014.
-7 I walk 3-4 miles a day plus I use the 4 floors of stairs in my building often - about 50 steps a day.
-8 I am back to logging all my food. Hate it, but need it.
-9 I don't eat sweet drinks or food (with or without real sugar) except an occasional piece of birthday cake.
-10 I don't eat fast food, pizza, white flour, rice, white potatoes or tofu 363 days a year. Tofu is 365!
-11 I am a vegetarian who happens to eat beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish in small quantities.
-12 I don't have junk food in the house or I will eat it.
-13 I stick to superfoods as often as I can. Fruit, veggies, nuts and spices are on that list.
-14 As much as I would like to, I don't smoke crack.

I know, that's more than 10. The same thing seems to happen with food.

As always, thanks for your support, comments and votes.
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