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Diet pop

When I find myself strongly craving a soda, I know it's an indication that I haven't been drinking enough water. So, water first, then maybe a Diet Coke.

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Smaller bites and More chewing.

It took some getting used to, but I now prefer it. And my body can tell me if I need more or not.

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Sponsored Walk/Runs.

Even though they cost money I think the Walk/Runs in my community are both a celebration and a reward for all of my weekly walks.

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Cottage cheese vs. Sour cream

Oftentimes a recipe, like a burrito, will call for a dollop of sour cream. I just substitute non-fat cottage cheese.

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Vacations

Go ahead and take a vacation when you can. It just requires a little extra planning to take your new lifestyle along with you.

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Motivational Pages

Go to the COMMUNITY tab, scroll down to Success Stories and click. Then check out the Motivational Pages. Sometimes they really give me a boost!

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Lower the Salt the Cheap & Easy Way!

Simply pour any canned vegetable into a colander and rinse off the salt with fresh, cool water. It's a lot less costly than buying low-salt veggies.

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Are you a walker?

Sign up for a community walk & run in your area. To find one ask at the local sporting goods stores and jogging shops. They are fun, very doable and give SUCH a sense of accomplishment.

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Subscribe to a Blog

Did you like what that blog had to say? Make a comment and click on the subscribe button. Then your e-mail will be notified when this member writes another blog. This is a great opportunity to develop a supportive relationship and get to know another member.

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The Ultimate Motivation

Your drive to succeed doesn't have to be the motivation to end all motivation. You just need a little something to push you along.

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