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I put on my workout clothes

After having a morning cup of coffee and catching up with Matt Lauer in the morning in my jammies, I was hardly motivated to go to the gym with my husband. So now I put on my workout clothes as soon as I get up, before coffee, before Matt. That puts me halfway to working out. Even if I am not mot...

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YOu are responsible for what you put in your mouth

I recently heard a friend say "my mother makes me eat rich food." Well, unless she had a gun to her head(she didn't) Mom didn't make her eat. Mom may have pressured my friend, but my friend ultimately made the decision to eat the rich food, instead of standing her ground and saying "no." No matter...

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The words you use are important

the words you use are really important and affect your thoughts and actions. Express what you do want not what you don't want Say " I want to be slim and healthy" instead of saying "I don't want to be fat any more." Say "I intend to eat healthy foods" not " I'm not going to eat cookies any more." ...

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Get distance

I find that if I am tempted by an unhealthy choice it helps to distract myself, de-focus on it.

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The scale is a valuable tool

Don't go into failure mode when the numbers aren't going down. Instead think of it as an opportunity to learn and to examine what you are doing. Maybe you need to up your exercise or maybe you haven't been diligent about writing down every bite. Adjust and move forward, one step at a time.

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I need data-pedometer

I have discovered that I need data, real hard facts, in order to be successful. Having a vague feeling of success, or guessing at how I am doing just doesn't work for me. I thought my exercising 30 minutes every other day was enought to make a difference. NOT. So now I have a pedometer and I was s...

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Easy meals for now

Meal planning is always a problem for me, and trying to plan healthy meals makes me even more food obsessed-what ot buy what to make etc. So for now I am relying on Lean Cuisine dinners. I'm freed up, don't have to plan as much and am no longer obsessed with meals, what to eat etc.

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Keep it Simple

I find that I do best when I have fewer choices; too many choices can be overwhelming. So I made a list of some basic healthy foods that I like and a few meal plans for each meal. I made this Groups in my nutrition tracker and now I can rotate among these basic plans. I can change any of the ele...

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What you focus on Expands

So if you focus on the weight you haven't lost, or the plateau you may be stuck on you will be giving momentum and strength to the very things you don't want. So always focus on the things you want more of-the weight you have lost, or what steps you will take to move to the next stage. Give energy...

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never beat yourself up

No matter what, never beat yourself up about something you've eaten. Ever. Doing so will pull you into a negative cycle of self abuse. You've eaten it, for whatever reason, whatever it was it's done and you can't change that. But what you can do is change your reaction to having eaten it. Rather...

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