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Make exercise the solution to everyday problems

I do a short burst of light cardio to wake myself up in the morning , a few sun salutations when I'm stressed, a walk with my dog when I need some quiet time, and yoga to help my insomnia. Exercise is now inevitable part of my routine.

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Increase your protein intake

For women, increase your protein intake to 75 - 100 grams a day to break thru a plateau. I was eating in the low 60's and had been at a plateau for 2 months. I increased my protein intake to this level and started losing again.

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Check your Calories, Weightloss & Fitness Goal Settings

I was setting 2 month weight loss goals, but everytime as I neared the goal, the system aimed me toward maintenance and weightloss stopped. Once I changed over to my long term weight loss goal, that stopped. So be sure your settings are correct, because the system definitely works to maintain once y...

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Stop with the "I Can't" - Hold yourself accountable

When you catch yourself saying I can't exercise, or I can't pass up a chocolate doughnut, change it up to "I Won't." By saying "I won't" do something instead of "I can't" forces you to hold yourself accountable! "I can't" gives you an excuse; "I won't" says I am responsible for my own actions.

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