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Take a treat with you

Whether you are going shopping (grocery or retail), the cinema, for a meal with a friend, take a treat with you. It doesn't have to be an unhealthy treat or if it is make sure it's just a little one but keep it in your bag for the times when you see the chocolate bars at the store, the popcorn at the vendors or the dessert menu. You can think to yourself 'no I won't have that I'll have my treat'. I always take my own food to the cinema.

- Submitted by TATTOOEDTEACUP 1/3/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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positive attitude

Keeping a positive attitude is the best way to keep motivated.

- Submitted by KKKAREN 5/14/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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Your Can Break That Plateau

3 pieces fruit for breakfast
For Lunch
Half a cucumber, 10 Grape tomatoes
3 cups green salad with just a squeeze of lemon
1 1/2 cups broth
For Dinner
2 servings cooked veggies like broccoli, cabbage, califlower
2 Gortons Grilled Fish Filets or Tomato stuffed with tuna or
2 chicken legs without the skin
Snack
1 40 calorie fudgsicle

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 7/8/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 12 Comments
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Don't Wait Until You "Feel Like It."

When I was in college, I went to the personal counseling office because I was feeling really overwhelmed, and my counselor told me something about procrastination that will always stick with me: "Don't wait until you "feel like" doing something, because chances are good you'll never "feel like" doing it."

- Submitted by GIANTMICROBE 11/23/2010 in Exercise | 43 Comments
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Positive Affirmations

Your subconscious doesn't recognize negatives.. so if you say "I will not think about chocolate" you automatically think about chocolate. So speak in positives, like "I prefer healthy snacks like yogurt and fruit" to keep your self-talk constructive.

- Submitted by LAURIESUNSHINE 2/5/2012 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Find an exercise you love... AND STICK WITH IT! :)

When I went to my first Zumba class, I felt so un-coordinated and sore afterwards. My instructor even suggested it wasn't for me. Three months later, I easily keep up with the routines and can see the pounds AND inches melting off! When you find an exercise you love, STICK WITH IT -- it'll get easier and easier each time you do it and you'll notice a big change both physically (weight loss) and mentally (improved mood, more self-confidence).

- Submitted by LYANNA75 10/30/2011 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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PJ Yoga

I can't seem to get myself motivated enough to do serious exercise as soon as I wake up in the a.m., but I've discovered that I can do my 10 Minute Trainer yoga dvd in my pj's! I put the dvd in before I go to sleep at night so all I have to do is jump up and get to it! It's only 10 minutes but it gives me SO much energy AND influences my eating habits all day.

- Submitted by FUNNYGURRL22 8/26/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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MUSIC IS THE BEST WAY TO GET YOURSELF MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE!

When I lost 70 pounds I knew I needed something to get me excited about exercising everyday. Each night, before bed, I compiled a playlist of my favorite songs for my workout the next morning. This literally, was what kept me going through my weight loss journey! Music can elevate your mood in an instant and make this process a lot easier! emoticon

- Submitted by JPARIANOS 5/27/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Dealing with a bad eating day

The important thing to remember about eating too much one day is that one day will not make you gain the weight just like eating too little one day will not let you lose all the weight.

- Submitted by THEBIGREDDUDE 7/14/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Calorie trick to losing 1 lb per week

When I got home for the summer I immediately lost 5lbs because I wasn't surrounded by cafeteria food and lack of activity. Regularly going to the gym helped me drop another 5lbs. Then I plateaued for a few weeks. I found that really pushing myself to a range of burning 500-700 calories EVERY TIME I worked out would increase my overall weekly calorie burn output. Since I try to work out 5x/wk I now burn approx 3500 Cal/wk. according to Healthstatus.com that is a standard amount/rule of thumb.

- Submitted by KNOCKOUTROSE55 6/22/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments
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