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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
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 SparkPoints: (781)
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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.

Take Pride!!
THE-MORE-GIRL SparkPoints: (24,620)
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1/22/13 12:49 A

My non-negotiables:

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

--
Serene, The More Girl
More veggies
More fruits
More grains
More exercise
More energy
More love

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CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (92,613)
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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.

Starting Weight: 260 lbs. (November 2010)
Quasi-Maintenance: 165 lbs. (June 2011)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs. (reached December 8, 2011)

Size 22W to Size 4

Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
SABLEARTS SparkPoints: (21,855)
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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 SparkPoints: (82,089)
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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.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.
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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!

eat food. not too much. mostly plants.

Goal 1: 160lbs by May 15 (breast reduction day!)
Goal 2: 150 by July 1 (summer!!)
Goal 3: 135-140 by December 1 (ultimate goal weight)
FITNESS_ELLE Posts: 1,205
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 SparkPoints: (105,307)
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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 SparkPoints: (1,586)
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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 SparkPoints: (21,813)
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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)
Though we cannot control the winds, we can adjust the sails.

Vic

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