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No Carb Gummy Bears

If you like gummy bears you will love this!

1 envelope of Knox gelatin
1 large box (.6 oz) of sugar free jello mix, any flavor
1/2 c. water

Mix these 2 items together in a saucepan BEFORE turning on the heat. Then, when combined, cook on the stove over low heat just until you st...

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Healthy Snacking Choices

My go-to snacks include the following. Fruit, veggies, natural almonds, string cheese, I like Dannon Greek Yogurts. Triple Zero uses stevia, Light and Fit uses a more controversial artificial sweetner but it only has 80 cal. They have other brands using real sugar. Lowfat cottage cheese with berrie...

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Rome wasn't built in a day and Where is the love?

So it's all about patience. I realize how difficult patience can be when we want something so much. We can use patience with others but often fail to avail it to ourselves. Losing weight is not a race to see how fast we can get to some magic number in our heads. Yes, it's very motivating to see a ne...

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Fighting and winning over food cravings

I can lose weight and control my food cravings when I eat whole minimally processed foods. After a few days the cravings go away and I feel great.
Packaged chips, cookies, cakes and the usual restaurant fare cause me to want to eat more and more of the same.
Real food: whole grains, minimally...

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Consistency and Focus

All my life I have known how to lose weight. As a child and teen, I listened in health classes to the teacher telling us about calories and exercise, how they work together to shape our bodies. By the time I was a mid-teen I was struggling with my body expectations. I was scared to be fat. I wanted ...

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Cottage Cheese Alternatives

So I really like the Breakstone cottage cheese with the raspberry flavoring, you know the kind that the corner tips into the cottage cheese and you mix it together but this is "regular" cottage cheese and the raspberry is nothing but sugary syrup.

This is far too many calories and way too mu...

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Positive Attitudes ROCK

Stay positive. Don't mope. Don't be depressed. Get up, get moving (even if it's slow) and start your journey to a healthier you!

There is nobody to blame but yourself. It isn't your significant other, it isn't your kids or their sporting events that make you eat fast food.

Hold y...

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Watch the Snacking

Snacking is okay but there has to be a limit and choice. Plan your options, count the calories, etc. before you open your mouth. Emotional eating is the toughest to handle, so look for alternatives like carrot sticks and low fat dip. Pretzels instead of cake. Read the labels. Watch the amount of...

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There is no secret

We all already know all the 'secrets' to health and fitness. It's all out there and there isn't one of us who doesn't know exactly what we need to do. Our bodies need us to exercise and get our heart pumping often. Our bodies need us to eat a variety of healthful foods in reasonable quantities. ...

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Track absolutely everything

I've found the best way to get back on track (or to bust through a plateau) is to write down EVERYTHING. It gives me a great idea of where to start (or what areas to refocus on), and helps me see what I need to work on. It works every single time.

Tracking everything you eat helps you honestl...

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