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Creative Food Swaps

I Love Chips! :)
I have this forever desire to have chips or some other salty crunchy snack. I always crave these when I get home from work, before dinner.

So finding creative food swaps have been my secret to success. For everything you LOVE to eat, there is a more healthy option or ...

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Water Water Water

I know you'll hear it everywhere on this site but water is the one thing that, once I get a handle on it, makes everything else come together. It's one of the hardest to get consistent with at first but using a straw or a water bottle (preferably one where you don't drink out of it the same way you...

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Quit Lying To Yourself

All I can say is when I started SparkPeople I lied to myself so much about what I was eating and the working out and I mean not adding something to the list of things I ate or giving myself an extra few minutes of workout time so it seemed like I was really trying. Well guess what ... when you lie a...

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Be Open to Change

The definition of crazy ... doing the same thing over and over BUT expecting a different out come.

I have spent the last 20ish years over weight. During this time ... I feel like I "dieted" my way up to being twice my size. I have done most every "diet" you can think of with different levels ...

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Plan Right for Success

Going to the Grocery Store can be the downfall of many of us. It's a proven fact that people pay more and purchase more unintended items if you aren't prepared. Wandering around the store looking for healthy food will likely create the opposite result in the bags. It's so easy to come home with it...

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Lemon Slices in My Daily Water

I hate the taste of plain water, even filtered. So, I have been adding lemon slices and the subtle flavor boost is helping me to avoid drinks that have sugar added. Usually I'll take a big glass, like a mason jar or my tall water bottle and fill it up in the morning. You could also do it the night b...

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Avoiding temptation in the supermarket!

These days, when I go shopping, I know that I have to shop only for healthy stuff that is in the plan. Being a crisp-o-holic, I have taught myself to avoid the nuts and crisps Aisle by deliberately taking a route that doesn't lead past it- that way i never see what i am not supposed to buy and won't...

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Plan your Meals

Seeing eating is a major part of weight loss combined with exercise, you have to make sure you check off two import things for success.
1) Is PORTION size
2) Fail to plan your meals...then PLAN TO FAIL on this journey...or it wont last long.

Its taken me a long time to really get those ...

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This for that

Never JUST give up a food. Switch it for something else. When I want a sweet, I have an apple or an iced coffee with English toffee stevia (I like Sweatleaf brand) instead of something with sugar. A banana can take care of a craving. If chocolate is a craving, drizzle a tablespoon of chocolate syru...

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Protein is queen

Always prioritizing protein works for me. It might not work for everyone, but if I focus on that, everything else seems to fall into place.

Some will say that you have to have balance, and I agree, but for me, my balance is a protein forward meal, followed by low carb type veggies and then...

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