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

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8 cups of water

I fill a picture that holds 8 cups of water in the frig. I try and have glass # 7 and 8 at dinner. It works.

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Mini goals...lose 10% of your weight.

I like using smaller weight goals that are more reachable and will help me stay on track. Take 10% of your weight and then subtract it from your starting weight and that is your first weight goal to hit. Then when you hit that do the 10% from your new weight and so on .

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Walk

Walking with friends keeps me honest and moving.

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Protein

Starting my day with protein really does help me from over eating later in the day.

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Measure/Weigh Portions and Put into your Hand...

I measure or weigh my portions of grapes, raisins, almonds, etc. according to the serving size on the package & put them into my hand to teach myself what a true serving looks & feels like. This way if I snack/graze, I have an idea of how many calories and servings I'm consuming of a certain food.

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eating out

I eat half of what is served to me when we eat out. I drink lots of water in between bites.

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Pamper your hands!

I constantly crave sweet treats: ice cream, cheesecake, CHOCOLATE! I have splerged on fancy hand creams - you'd be amazed at what they have out there if you look. Not only are my hands busy rubbing on the stuff, but it satisfies the sweets craving.

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Create a NO FAIL zone in your kitchen!

As you grocery shop for the next month, slowly add healthy snacks to your shopping list, and don't buy the unhealthy binge foods you used to eat. It's easier to adapt to a gradual change, and you'll end up with a fridge/pantry full of yummy snacks that won't get you into too much trouble!

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Strength Training alone will not do it!

To lose weight you must do Cardio and restrict your calories.

Strength Training will make muscles and you can lose inches - but the body will still weigh the same or more from the added muscles.

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Healthy "Happy Hour"

Start the day with preparing a plastic container of low calorie vegetables in the fridge. Make it colorful and pretty and look forward to this before dinner. Make your drink water with lemon, or a healthy low calorie drink, too. You will not be sabotaged by nibbling on higher calorie foods.

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