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No Back-up Junk Food In Case of Cravings

Much guilt has been spared me because I have made good shopping choices at the store. I just don't keep any junk around the house at all. When I do have my moments of craving food (and I do!!), I have no choice but to eat something healthy to get things under control. In the moment, it's usually ...

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Choose Variety Instead of Over-eating on One Thing

I'm not sure why this is, and I haven't read this anywhere; but if I'm going to overeat, usually I keep going after that one dish that tastes so good. I'm finding out that when I "graze" and eat smaller portions of many different healthy things, I'm more satisfied than overeating on one thing. So,...

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Go a Just Little Bit Further.

I was reminded at the gym this morning (seeing half-hearted workouts around me) that just because you're moving doesn't mean that you're necessarily getting fitter and stronger, though it's a good start. As you're thinking about how you're improving, work out until you're tired....then go just a li...

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Start Early

I'm a morning person, so when I think about exercise, I'm most motivated to do it in the morning. The longer I put it off, the less likely I will will to do it at all. When I exercise early, I will enjoy the benefits of it all through the rest of the day.

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Concerning the Scale: See the Bigger Picture

The scale only gives you a number. It does not tell you that you ARE benefitting from your exercise with your muscles growing stronger and your body getting more toned. It doesn't tell you how good you feel after a workout. Focus on ALL the benefits of your workouts to keep from getting discourag...

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Use Your Mind

When you are doing exercises like spinning or walking, there are other ways to use your mind other than watching the clock. Time passes very quickly when I pray or meditate; I am built up spiritually, emotionally, as well as physically.

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Do the Hard Thing First

I have a tendency to "put off" exercise and to do more convenient things, oftentimes not getting around to the exercise. Whatever you're putting off, do it first. The accomplishment will motivate you and lift you up.

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Baby Food

I know it sounds weird, but I carry a jar of baby food with a plastic spoon in my purse to keep on hand if I'm out and about and get hungry in between meals. It's small, sealed, and ready to go--and it does save me from feeling like I have to find a fast food drive through.

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A Smorgasbord of Exercise

Sometimes it's all about perspective! When I look at exercises for the day, I look at my list of things I love to do as a smorgasbord. As I would approach an all-you-can-eat buffet of food, I approach my list of exercises and pick a variety of different things I'd like to do for the day...

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Focus on the Benefit, Not on Getting it Done.

I find myself just having to endure exercise when I "just want to get it done and out of the way." I'm much more motivated and appreciate exercise when I focus on how it is strengthening my body or eating away at fat cells. Then I feel a sense of purpose and I'm not watching the clock.

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