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The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.

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Illness and Injury Challenges can be Blessings in Disguise

In the past five months I've dealt with some multiple sclerosis challenges and then shattered my right wrist and had subsequent surgery to repair the damage.

In the past when I was ill or injured I comforted myself with food I didn't need and probably didn't even really want. It was just h...

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See Yourself at Your Goal

I learned from the last time I lost 100 pounds, that I had to put a picture in my mind of how I would look and feel at my goal. All I saw was that goal, and that is all I strived to meet. Eventually, that picture became true.

The picture is me at the beginning of my journey the last time an...

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Plateau .... forget consistency!

Throughout my weight loss journey I try to remain consistent and establish a routine regarding my eating and exercise, however, when it comes to breaking a plateau I tend to throw just about everything that I know of as "routine", out the window.

When I experience a plateau I eat more calori...

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Finding My Personal Balance

In the past 60 days, I have finally begun to lose weight. In the past I would lose a pound or two and then gain them back.

My "secret" it turns out, consists of two things:

1} Moving more. I have always been pretty consistent in logging in 10K a day. I go to the gym every morning wi...

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Stay Consistent With It

Consistency in weight-loss is key, just like it was when the weight came on and we were consistently sitting on the couch snacking or finding a place to sit every moment of the day.

I realized that when I stopped going to the gym as much, I wasn't seeing any more results. I couldn't go to the...

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Track the calories and use a tracker

I too groan when I hear that, but for me to be successful, I must track every bite I take. I then must compare it with my caloric expenditures. There is no two ways about it, you must burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. No fancy diet pills or weight loss surgery will counter act t...

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Eat Breakfast, Hungry or Not!

I was never much of a breakfast eater, yet I was overweight for much of my life. When I began my journey to health I learned that, while it may seem counter intuitive to eat when you are not hungry, eating breakfast is really so important to get the metabolic fireI s stoked up. Your body has been "...

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How to have lunch out with work friends and actually enjoy it

I've found organization and planning are the keys to my success. I do so much better when I plan my meals the evening before, instead of making a "game-time" decision. This creates a problem for me when an unexpected meal invitation comes up.

I work in an office environment and one thing I t...

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Treat Yourself Like You Would Your Best Friend

My secret to success has involved getting to the bottom of the reasons why I overeat. I am an emotional eater and have in the past used food to keep me from feeling emotional pain. Learning to let myself feel that pain has changed my life. Lots of self discovery and tear shedding. It is an ongoing p...

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Plan Ahead of Time

Each night, in a journal set aside specifically for this purpose, I write down exactly what I am going to eat the following day. If I'm going to a restaurant, I may just write something in general. (i.e. Tomorrow I'm having a meal with my daughter at a Thai restaurant, so I'll write: "Moderate dinne...

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