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

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Track Everything

I have found that by tracking every single thing I eat (being totally honest about everything!) I lose weight consistently. It makes me face reality about what I'm putting in my mouth and where all my calories are coming from.

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Food if Fuel

Every time I want a snack, I will go into the Kitchen, look at what it is I am craving and remind myself ..."Food is fuel. Am I hungry? Do I need fuel? Or am I impulse eating"? 99% of the time, it is an impulse. Call it what it is, walk away and feel proud about your decision...it is addicting.

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Pros & Cons of giving in to a Binge



It can be helpful to write down, in advance, the pros & cons of giving in to a binge & ponder it daily, especially when stressed, or when feeling cravings.

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Be open!!!

Always share you goals and be open. This makes you stay accountable!

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One Step at a Time

When a baby learns to walk, parents clap for each step--even when he or she falls. However, when we fall short of our goals there are only claps when the goal is met. We need to clap for the steps and the falls. Like the toddler, we can get back up and continue--one step at a time.

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Beat Stress Eating

When life is stressful, reward yourself for getting through it with rest. A nap is a great reward rather than food. When you can't nap, just take a little mental break. Clearing your mind for five minutes and breathing deeply can help you cope much better than a candy bar.

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To the Curb

Keep all foods that you can not control yourself with out of the house.

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Go Easy On Yourself

as women we berate ourselves every time we slip up.. this time, go easy on yourself, enourage yourself use positive self talk, non food rewards, and remember that the weight did not come on overnight.. this is going to take time and effort.. but it will all be worth it...

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Reward yourself!

After a week of working hard to lose weight, I reward myself, buy something you have been wanting! You deserve it...Your worth it!Keep up the GREAT work! You might get something new next week then! Hey, This is fun!

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It Is Not Rocket Science...

It boils down to eat right, exercise and the rest will take care of itself.

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