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

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Measure your cereal!

An easy way to keep your calorie count accurate is to keep a 1/2 cup measuring cup in the pantry next to the cereal boxes. Most cereal calorie counts go by 1/2 cup or 1 cup. With the measure right there you won't accidentally over pour! Use it to measure your milk, rinse & put back on the shelf.

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Logging In, Journaling Food and Tracking Exercise Daily

This may sound boring, simple or too easy but logging, journaling and tracking daily are the dynamic trio to success. If you are committed, you can accomplish anything!!! My new mantra is...NOTHING tastes as good as HEALTHY feels! You can do it!!!

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GOING OUT FOR DINNER!

When going out for the evening meal I research the restuarants website and seek out the nutritional info on the menu offerings. I choose what I will order before leaving and stay on track. I don't even want to see the menu and all the temptations.

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Party Hearty!

You can have your cake and eat it too! Eat light before the party. Make your balanced plate. If you still want to indulge, only have a 1 or 2-bite taste of the offerings. Take half your cake or your plate home to enjoy tomorrow. Choose what you really want or know you'll enjoy.

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Remove sugar lumps from instant oatmeal

When I empty the flavored Quaker Instant oatmeal into a bowl, I see the sugar in lumps - I gently pick out the lumps and throw them. This way I reduce the sugar content in the oatmeal by 80% but it still tastes good and mildly sweet.

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Measure your progress in More ways

Don't rely purely on the scale for proof of weight loss progress. The scale can be useful but it can also hide changes in your health, well being, energy levels, and overall size.

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Consider a Treadmill Desk!

A treadmill desk allows you to walk slowly while you work. Research at the Mayo Clinic and other places shows that not only do you burn extra calories, but you are more productive! If you walk 1 mph for 6 hours you burn an extra 600 calories a day - enough to lose an additional pound a week!

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maintaining you weight loss

I find that I still have to write down everything I eat. I need to know how many calories I have eaten so I know to stop when I have reached my capacity or a bit over. If I didn't count I would continue to eat and thus gain my lost weight.

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Avoid animal products

I avoid animal products--meat and dairy, including eggs. They are the sole source of cholesterol and usually have more saturated fat than most people know. Plus, they have no fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Fruit, vegetables, grains, and legumes provide all the variety I need.

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Track the food you eat in restaurants more easily

When you're eating out and want to remember what you ate, use your phone to take a picture of your plate before you start eating. You'll remember what you ate more easily, and knowing you're going to take a picture might help you eat more mindfully.

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