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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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Changed eating Habits

I have simply changed my eating habits. I gave up stressing and obsessing over calories, carbs, fat, etc and just at normally with in reason. My secret is stop stressing!


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Start with One Food that Disrupts Your Weight Loss

In the past three weeks or so, I've lost a total of 12 pounds (my scale showed 4 gone this past week). I made a decision to start with one food a week that often sabotages my weight loss goals. I started with high-fat carbs. I took the top bun off any sandwiches or ate the stuff inside my breakfast ...

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Planning all meals a day in advance

I have discovered that for me, personally, I really need to plan out my meals at least a day in advance. I also keep a list of alternative choices in case there's a change in those plans. This way I have a set agenda to follow and then if something should come up that I'm unable to follow through ...

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How to Survive a Cruise

Just returned from a cruise with a two pound weight loss.
How I did it:
Left on the trip with a set plan.
1. Paid for ship wifi so I could track food on SparkPeople each day.
2. Wore my fitbit to track daily steps. Vacations are always very active with walking, standing, and getti...

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Checking nutritional information labels for sodium.

I was stunned to realize how much sodium was in so many "diet" foods and dinners. This was sabotaging my health and weight loss (I have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.) Since I've become an avid label reader, the weight is coming off, and my health is improving. I also keep a small noteb...

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