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Motivation Secrets

How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?

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Eat Food Mindfully

Itís what fuels our bodies but often food is eaten too quickly and forgotten, make each meal special, treat it as an occasion to remember, eat slowly, chewing fully, savour every mouthful, the taste of it, the aroma, the texture in your mouth, every little detail is worthy of remembering.

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Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-O
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Life Lessons From 100-Plus-Year-Olds

Age is just a number, and this is clearly evident in the lives of the three centenarians interviewed in the LifeHunters video above.

Each has his or her own story ó Clifford Crozier, born in 1915; Emilia Tereza Harper, born in 1913; and John Milling...

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Make a Healthy Lifestyle a Habit

It is not enough to want to live healthy or even try to live healthy you have to put systems (habits) in place to be able to live healthy without thinking about it. If you have to choose your lifestyle everyday you will sometimes choose wrong, but if you have already chosen how to live and made it ...

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Goal vision board

Make a board with cut outs of either pictures or words of the rewards you are going for when you reach specific weight loss goals and place it where you can see it daily. For example if you want to reward yourself with a new outfit when you lose 20 pounds get a bunch of magazines in the mail and cut...

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Eat Smaller Everyday

To get smaller you have to eat smaller. To stay smaller you have to keep eating smaller. What ever your goal weight is "eat like you are at that weight."
This really does work. Just like calories in calories out. The more you practice this the more positive you become. Stop weighing. Work on bet...

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Have A Good Partner

My biggest secret to success is my loving husband. He is my hero and my biggest motivation, as well as my superhero 3 year old daughter. We work out together, we eat healthy together, and got each others backs all the time.
In the 20 years we have known each other we have gained a lot of wei...

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Just Say 'No' and keep on keepin on!

Has anyone other than me noticed at night when watching television, the majority of the commercials are focused on food, and the later the evening goes the more food commercials there are? It is hard enough to 'just say no' during normal daytime on our journey to our weight loss attempt, but eveni...

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30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday

When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday...

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Cravings: Staying on track with your food when cravings hit

Before you dive head first into that chocolate cake or that bag of chips, or before you go for seconds, take a moment to update your food tracker.

Seeing what I've already consumed that day and how a binge (even a mini binge) would put me over my allowed totals has a sobering effect.

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Just one , sounds silly but it works for me!

About 7 years ago, I was at a point in my life where I was able to focus on my health and eating habits. After spending most of my life berating myself over every morsel of food that I put in my mouth and bad habits I had grown accustom too, I had a moment of clarity and a 'click' went off in my mi...

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