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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Water Helps Drown Cravings

I have found that when I am really trying to fight a craving, it helps to drink a glass (or 2) of water and wait 10 minutes. It has worked so successfully for me, that I now tell myself I can have whatever it is I want if I simply drink my water and wait 10 minutes first. More than half the time, the craving passes and I'm better hydrated. I was initially inspired by reading an article that we sometimes crave sugar (or think we're hungry...) when we're actually thirsty. Crazy, huh?

- Submitted by LYDIATHEGREAT 8/7/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Tomorrow

Tomorrow will NEVER come if you put off what you know you need to do TODAY.

- Submitted by FIESTYNOMORE 7/29/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Fake it 'til you Make It

I'm not a big fan of exercise, I typically don't get that "runner's high" until after I've cooled down. So for me getting motivated to get out and walk or run is very difficult. I've found that when I'm starting out if I pretend that I enjoy it or fake liking it I'm more motivated to get going. I do this long enough and eventually I start looking forward to my exercising.
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- Submitted by BURNSBJ 7/13/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Make it a game!

I tend to stick to anything fun. If I'm watching tv, sometimes I'll pick a word I know will occur in the show (For example, for supernatural the word is awesome). If I hear the word, I'll pause the show for a minute and do some sort of healthy exercise: jog in place, crunch, jumping jacks, or drink a glass of water if my intake is low. This helps me to stay on track.

- Submitted by BMALSUP78 7/3/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Weight Loss is just a side affect of a healthy life style!

Don't think of your weight loss as a diet. Think of weight loss as a side affect to your healthy life style change. :)

- Submitted by VINRANCID 5/8/2011 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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setting goals

Before getting started set yourself goals, short ,medium and long term goals and give yourself dates to achieve these by.

- Submitted by MUFFIN_TOP785 6/15/2010 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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