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Having a dog really pays off

Every morning my dog and I go for a walk. If I don't take her she will whine until I do. The whining is annoying so I take her in the snow, rain, fog, anything. If she doesn't want to go I still make myself go because I feel like I can take on the day.

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Put your goals where you can see them

One reason I want to lose weight is to resume mountaineering. So I bought a magnetic picture of Mount Rainier and put it on the frig where I see it everyday. I also put a picture of a runner with the type of body I hope to have on the inside of my gym locker. Both motivate me on a daily basis.

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Every day is a new day

Yes, it's trite, but no matter how well or poorly yesterday's eating or exercising went, you get another chance to do it better today!

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Challenges

Challenges are what makes life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine

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Going to the gym

I find it helpful to set a specific time by which I will go to the gym. I decided that by 9:00 a.m. I need to be on my way. This keeps me from procrastinating by doing other things and also takes away the question of "Am I going today?" I have learned that 9:00 gives me enough time to do the early m...

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Meat for minimal calories

I love meat and have been a big meat eater. The recommended 3oz is often not enough to satisfy me.

I've been altering my recipes and putting half and half, meat and mushrooms. I find this feels like meat and satisfies like meat without all the calories.

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Focus

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity, but in doing it.

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Summer hydration

I drink more than the recommended 8 cups all summer due to the heat and outdoor activities. We just can't drink too much!

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Keep it manageable

You do not need to go to the gym or exercise for 3 hours a day to lose weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle. You need to find what works for you as the most important thing is to ensure you find something you can maintain over time. I started by doing 30 minutes and now I spend about 1 hour doin...

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Future

Why waste time in the past when your future is where the rest of your life will be?

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