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Meal Planning ___

I have found that meal planning helps me on so many fronts.
* My family and I eat more balanced meals
* I don't crave the foods that give me a sugar high, then low
* I am more intentional about my food and actually enjoy it more
* My food budget is kept in check
* I'm not that good at...

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Focus on the Next Checkpoint

I have to keep reminding myself why I'm here, on this quest to lose weight. Improved health and appearance are the first things that come to mind. These things will happen along the way, not just at the finish line.

So, what can I anticipate when I'm actually there? I will have achieved a li...

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Find the unique reward that will keep motivating you

Most people I have met love surprises and presents. When we accomplish something, we love to get a reward. I have found my motivation in virtual runs. Of all the times I have worked on losing weight, I lost motivation pretty quickly because there was nothing I was really working toward. I had th...

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Summer Smoothies and Love

Everyone has the hints and secrets that help them... each of us has them. Mine is very simply that I have to get in condition and live longer for my goals are years down the line and I want to be there for them.

I'm 70 which is not "really" old these days, but my body has decided to show m...

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16:8 Intermittent Fasting

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Measure and Package

I like to pre-wash and measure my veggies and fruits...then I measure out the proper portion and package each portion in zip-lock baggies and keep them on an eye-level shelf in the refrigerator. I do the same thing for snacks..like chips, nuts, and seeds. I use the handy little snack-sized baggies...

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Smoothies = More Freggies

I like smoothies. Not only do I get more freggies than the daily requirement with them, but it's a fast and delicious way to start and end a day or even as a quick pick me up during the mid afternoon slump. ...............................................................................................

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Active While Researching

I'm on my computer most of the time so whenever I watch a documentary or film, I walk in place till I cover two miles. A win-win. ............................................................................................................................................................................

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Learning to Hang Tough

I'm so determined this time. Lost the same 8 pounds over and over. Now I've lost 20! Track food daily. Water water water drink lots of it. Exercise at least a lil each day. Don't give up on yourself. There are weeks the scale don't budge. Times it seems you just need to binge. Stop stand back look a...

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Goodbye Monster Scale

It's not about the number on the scale. It's about how physically fit and healthy you actually are. It's about eating right and going to the doctor and using your resources like a nutritionist and SPARK. It's about feeling good and making smart choices in life and not beating yourself up over bad ch...

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