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Posts: 1,386
2/21/13 7:37 P

retirement -I love it!

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2/21/13 7:35 P

My most consistent lifestyle change is reading labels. I work very hard to keep my protein, fat and carbs within the SP recommended ranges, so it's important to know exactly what nutrients I'm getting out of the foods I choose each day.

Posts: 2,057
2/21/13 7:24 P

Drinking water! Lots! Consistently! Even at restaurants, water and no soda pop!!

This is from the Girl Formerly Known As MSDRPEPPER!

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Posts: 16,518
2/21/13 2:56 P

Enjoying exercising

Posts: 9,290
2/21/13 2:47 P

exercise lots of it

Posts: 4,639
2/21/13 2:39 P

Quiet time and daily devotional each morning. It gives me strength to follow a healthy lifestyle.

Posts: 416
2/21/13 2:09 P

preplanning meals the day before

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Posts: 12,065
2/21/13 12:56 P

consistant exercise

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2/21/13 11:56 A

Something that will never teeter totter with me is some food choices especially in condiments. I use and buy only Smart Balance butter and mayo and olive oils, grapeseed oil, any oil that is actually good for us sometimes I even get sunflower oil. No matter what those are forever things in my home. Other things have changed but they tend to come and go at times. No diet drinks is another forever change, you will never see another diet drink in my home again as I have learned they are worse then regular. Only drinks you find in my home is milk, water, 100 percent juices, and gatorade. I was getting low cal gatorade but not any more I just dilute the regular stuff.

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2/21/13 2:30 A

The things that have stuck the most with me are not eating processed foods, and drinking a lot of water.

Posts: 966
2/20/13 6:24 P

Getting in my 8 glasses of water.

Posts: 183
2/20/13 4:57 P

I think my main one that has stuck around the best is having cold water in a pitcher in the fridge as an option. It is wonderful in the summer and I notice that I still like cold water in the winter.

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2/20/13 4:29 P

Drinking 2L of water a day

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Posts: 3,116
2/20/13 2:04 P

Quit smoking--about 30 years ago.
Never go to a fast food place, forbade my car to go there about 10 years ago.
Eat as little processed foods as possible.

These three things were hard for me at one time, but not any more.


Posts: 65
2/20/13 12:55 P

I 'see food differently' than ever before. It is wonderful to KNOW that eating healthy can become a way of life. I'm also just in the beginning of understanding that calories 'IN' need to be balanced with calories burned. It's such a fabulous adventure ..

Posts: 10,464
2/20/13 12:49 P

I drink water all the time now.

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2/20/13 12:47 P

My portion sizes are smaller, and I eat healthy snacks now, like fruit, rather than chips and cookies.

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Posts: 5,173
2/20/13 11:18 A

Monitering what I eat

Posts: 1,142
2/20/13 11:12 A

I rarely buy packaged foods and always look to cook the healthiest food in the healthiest way possible

Posts: 595
2/20/13 11:10 A

Stopping to see if I am still really hungry once my plate is empty before automatically reaching for seconds just because they are there

Posts: 1,038
2/20/13 11:09 A

Eating more fruits and vegetables by using them as my snacks I take to work

Posts: 65
2/20/13 11:07 A

LOVE the idea of the 'produce bar '' .. implementing it today! YEA .. and thank you!

Posts: 65
2/20/13 11:06 A

Feeling really good! The changes in eating habits and meal planning have become a real part of my life .. and that is a very good thing. I know how to make the 'healthy choices' and am very seldom tempted to 'go to' choices that are not healthy. ONWARD ...

Posts: 11,447
2/20/13 11:00 A

we have a counter called the produce bar. Jam packed with fruits and veggies

Posts: 3,421
2/20/13 10:10 A

Drinking lots of water and looking for opportunities for activity throughout the day!

Posts: 6,256
2/20/13 9:16 A

Not eating chips, etc.

Posts: 9,670
2/20/13 6:18 A

Drinking water instead of soda

Posts: 3,026
2/20/13 6:01 A

Eating breakfast.

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2/19/13 12:18 P

Hitting the gym 6 days a week. Don't know how or why it's stuck, but I won't question it as long as I am going.

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Posts: 1,855
2/19/13 11:09 A

Daily exercise!!! AND strength training. Never did that until about 8 months ago. It has really made a change in me!!!

Posts: 705
2/19/13 10:40 A

Daily exercise. More than a year now.

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2/19/13 10:34 A

Mine would be drinking water because I never use to and now I always get my 8 glasses.

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2/19/13 9:15 A

taking a walk everyday, tracking my food everyday and drinking my water

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2/19/13 9:15 A

Less red meat, more chicken and poultry, and of course obsessive about tracking.


Posts: 6,256
2/19/13 9:13 A

tracking calories

Posts: 2,667
2/19/13 7:08 A

Not 100% of the time, but I look to choosing veggies and fruit before heading mindlessly for baked goods.

ETA: There are times I just don't have much of anything; but I've been able to avoid most baked goods throughout this commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

I still can't seem to make that say what's in my head, so I hope it's comprehensible.

Edited by: CMCOLE at: 2/19/2013 (07:09)

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2/19/13 7:01 A

Eating breakfast and portion control

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2/19/13 4:41 A

Walking for the fun and stress relief!

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2/19/13 3:22 A

I never drink soda of any kind.

Posts: 6,102
2/19/13 12:17 A

eating a clean diet.........getting and keeping the junk food out of the house. Weight lifting has been a big one for me too...........

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2/18/13 9:29 P

Been using the exercise bike in the living room, in front of the tv, for 9 yrs. and at least 3 hrs. per day, 2 hrs. in the morning and 1 hr. later on. We both use it all the time, we are retired so are home alot.

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Posts: 27
2/18/13 8:06 P

Eating slow so I know when I am becoming full and can stop.

Posts: 16,370
2/18/13 8:04 P

A LOT of cardio.

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Posts: 888
2/18/13 8:03 P

I pretty much eat a healthy breakfast every. single. day.

Posts: 631
2/18/13 2:11 P

I quit smoking 3 years ago, and I don't regret it one bit.

Posts: 4,848
2/18/13 2:09 P

I have had a really, really rocky journey personally, with some major ups and downs. Very few habits have truly stuck during the very worst of times. But those that have stuck: weighing pasta and dried beans before cooking it instead of just throwing it in the pot. Measuring out olive oil with a teaspoon measure rather than pouring out of the bottle. Using artificial sweeteners rather than sugar/honey etc. Using reduced fat yogurt rather than regular.

The most important habits -- regularly weighing myself, working out 5x/week, tracking all my food, staying in my calorie range -- I have let those go when times got really hard. At the moment they are all "found" again but I am very aware of how much things can change.

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2/18/13 1:26 P

Sticking to sensible portion sizes, and not going back for "seconds".

Posts: 11,650
2/18/13 1:24 P

making the bulk of my plate veggies and using fruit for my sweet tooth.
I have also learned to love beans...they satisfy my starch cravings and keep me satisfied longest.

Posts: 647
2/18/13 12:38 P

The act of choosing well, instead of choosing 'whatever'. Flavor awareness and fruit on the counter. These remain a constant.

Posts: 1,000
2/18/13 12:32 P

I have noticed through out my weight loss journey that I still have some bad habits, or some bad days. However I have noticed there are some things that have just stuck with me no matter what. For instance I am addicted to working now, even if I have had a day of over eating. I also drink all of my water everyday, again even if I havent done anything else. I dont even think about drinking a coke or any other beverage(except my coffee of course:))! So what has stuck with you?

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