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Stevia - Sweetest Sweetner Ever

Use stevia for your sweetner. Available under names such as Truvia, Sweet Leaf, and Only Sweet. Usually found right next to Splenda. Also available in the bulk packet. This sweetener has NO sugar dirivative! Much healthier and 0 calories too! Take with you to eat out as restaurants don't have it!

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Summer Time

What motivates me right now? The first cruise I'll take in 4 weeks, the beach in June, and the family reunion in July! Summer is full of reasons to stay on track-find yours hiding inside the beach bag, in your closet of summer attire, or the summer halter dress for a family wedding! Love summer!

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Skinny Cow Truffle Bars

Skinny Cow Truffle Bars - chocolate, caramel, vanilla are a 100 calorie, low fat, 22 carb decadent dessert or treat! So refreshing, filling, and satisfying especially during a hot summer day or after a really hard workout! SOOOO GOOODD!

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Mind, Matter & Me

It takes ME to have my MIND perform in ways that MATTER! My spinning coach this morning was encouraging us to apply Mind over Matter in order to endure the difficult routine. I'm applying My Mind to do what Matters with food choices, exercise discipline, and the right attitude! Mind over Matter wins

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Trainer & Nutritionist

Find a trainer who is also a nutritionist! This is a winning combination! Even after losing 110 pounds, I've kept this person on board to continue my lifestyle change! Rich knowledge and great encouragement keep me on a steady path! A great investment in yourself!

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Stretching the Dressing

For my daily salad at work, I put 1/2 the serving amount of my dressing in a baggie with my cut up tomatoes. The juice from the tomatoes adds to the dressing as well as seasoning the tomatoes. I then pour it all on top of the salad and shake it. Covers the salad and saves calories!

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Treat vs Cheat

So you selected something you usually don't eat! Consider it a treat not a cheat and move on! Cheating is so negative - treating is so positive! Just beware of how many treats you do so you don't lose track of where you're going! Treat yourself don't cheat yourself of positive rewards!

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Biggest Loser Contest

Start a BL contest at work! I'm in the 3rd one in 1 1/2 years and both times it's helped me raise the bar in my exercise plan and nutrition! Girls only at our work - 6 week time frame, weigh ins every 2 weeks, $20 participation fee. Highest %(70% of prize), Second highest % (20% of prize),

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Celebrations

This year my birthday fell on Easter! I carefully planned my "treats" as well as enjoyed my meal with family and friends! I'm at the lowest weight in 30 years! I really enjoyed my celebration of the Risen Lord and my life! I felt renewed!

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M & M's

Make a Mantra for yourself! My favorites are:
#1 No complaints, no excuses
#2 I don't get this day back. If I don't exercise, it's lost time.
#3 Today's accomplishment is tomorrow's starting point
#4 Just do it! No one else will do it for you!
#5 Can;t reach a goal if I don't have ...

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