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NAUSIKAA
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1/22/13 6:08 A

The gym every morning (M-F) for strength training.

The farmers' market every Saturday for all our produce (all local and in season).

Alone time with my husband at least 4 hours every day, no one else allowed. This keeps us both sane!

Lunch is my biggest meal; dinner and breakfast are always very very light.

Taking a "cheat day" once or twice per month to get rid of any cravings. This keeps me on track and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything, but it also allows me to eat 100% clean 29 days/month (no need for a small daily snack of non-clean food!).



GAMEDUTCHESS
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1/22/13 2:39 A

Low stress life. I just really focus on not getting worked up and if I do I figure out a way to fix what is stressing me and move on.

I really wanted this for myself watching my mom when I was growing up. She still brings things up that happened 20yrs ago and talks about it like it happened yesterday. She can't ever let anything go.



THE-MORE-GIRL
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1/22/13 12:49 A

My non-negotiables:

No weight-loss dieting
No forbidden foods
No self-hatred



CSROBERTSON621
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1/21/13 10:11 P

I'm a lawyer -- everything's negotiable! emoticon

Seriously though -- No processed foods and no gluten (or gluten-free junk foods). Other than that, I eat a variety of whole foods -- as much of them locally (and ethically) grown as possible, particularly animal products (meat, dairy, eggs).

I do watch my calories, but otherwise don't restrict for either carbs or fat (I'm not as healthy when I restrict either one too much, and have MORE trouble controlling my weight, not less).

We're lucky to have a number of very good farmer's markets here in DC -- there are three within walking distance of my house, including one (in DuPont Circle) that runs year-round every Sunday. I've actually met and talked to the people who grow/raise 80% or more of our food. And there's always Whole Foods when I can't make it to market -- but that's pretty much a weekend ritual for us now.



SABLEARTS
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1/21/13 3:29 P

Taking my B-12 supplements every day, and getting in strength training at least 2-3 times a week. If I don't, I have terrible mood swings due to B-12 deficiency and headaches due to that and neck tension that only really goes away with some solid shoulder/arm work.



CHEETARA79
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1/21/13 2:46 P

My sleep schedule is really important to me. I try to stick to it as much as possible. Sometimes stuff (usually social things) interrupt my schedule and I usually feel very tired as a result.

Otherwise, being kind to myself is non-negotiable. No negative self-talk about my body's appearance. I celebrate what my body can do rather than what it looks like.



35BYMAY
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1/21/13 2:33 P

local, pasture fed beef, free range chicken and eggs and organic apples. I eat less meat because it is more costly, but I am doing my part in refusing factory feedlot meat, and the horrifying treatment of the animals that die just to end up on our plate!



FITNESS_ELLE
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1/21/13 7:09 A

eating plenty of vegetables, cooking my own meals, working out 3-5 times a week, dessert only on a special occasion, sleeping 7+ hours a night



GDANE3
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1/21/13 6:11 A

30 minutes exercise everyday. Eating vegetarian/vegan everyother day. Reduced animal.

Edited by: GDANE3 at: 1/21/2013 (06:12)


CHB1020
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1/20/13 9:11 P

For me, it's exercise. I got into the habit of working out when I was in college, and I'm just not willing to give it up. I try to get in 30 minutes of cardio at least five days a week, and I'm a wreck if I don't get it! I admire you for getting so much sleep-- I can only squeeze in 8 - 9 hours on the weekend! That's so impressive!



HAWTLIKEME
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1/20/13 8:00 P

Me? I am very protective of my 8-9 hours of sleep, my healthy breakfast and my green tea for a start. What are your healthy habits that you're just never willing to compromise on no matter what life hands you?

Edited to add:
Oh yeah, and no red meat. Ever. Also, connecting with family and friends with quality de-compressing time no matter how little, it is always more important than anything else.

Edited by: HAWTLIKEME at: 1/20/2013 (21:27)


 
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