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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

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Need to change a few things...?

It's the top excuse I hear from others when I suggest they get moving. But you do have enough time; what you really need is motivation. Too often people think of exercise in black or white categories: “thirty minutes” or “no minutes.” In reality, any minutes of movement are better than none. Stop sa...

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!!...

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Being Prepared & Organized

One of the most helpful things I am doing to lose weight is to be prepared. Especially, if I am leaving the house. I have little insulated lunch bags that I got from either Target or Walmart. I bought them when they were on sale at the beginning of the school year. I put little snacks in there, s...

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DRINK more Water

Drinking water
1 liter 1st thing in the morning
1 cup before every meal
Drink before and after exercise
Lost 8 pounds the first week with new healthy habit.
Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water: Don't Medicate, Hydrate!

1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since y...

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Walking for my life

I am a diabetic so it's important that I keep my A1C within a healthy range. I walk daily that is my cornerstone. It's my time for me to meditate and it also helps me on my weightloss journey. I walk in different parks in Florida on the weekend. I get to discover all parts of Florida. I also wa...

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Track the Foods (and Drinks) you Consume Every Single Day (Even those Small Snacks at the Office!)

I was most successful in my weight loss efforts when I took the time to track the foods I ate every single day. When I took the time to track the calories in that slice of cake I had at the office or the pizza slice one of my co-workers sent in my direction, it was a real eye-opener how the calorie...

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Long-Term Weight Loss: 5 Tips

Long-Term Weight Loss: 5 Tips
Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on October 05, 2014
You want to lose weight and keep it off for good. These five strategies will help you do just that.

1. Set the Right Goals
Most people trying to lose weight only focus on their ultimate goal: dropping p...

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Do You !!!

I spent a many a days searching, wondering , reading, researching and waiting. I've read so many weight loss stories that it's not even funny. I have took into consideration the how ? the who ? the weight they were ? the weight they are now ? the duration of time ? All in all, I've learned that I mu...

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