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Joined a challenge group

So a friend of mine invited me to a challenge group on FB. The group is a 10000 step a day challenge. I have a fit bit so I thought I would give it a whirl.
The first month I was a lurker. I joined, I would get the notifications but I really have not put the 100 percent effort in. Then I...

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Just do it

I spend more time thinking about exercising that actually doing it. If I ponder too long, it doesn't get done. If I just do it, I actually enjoy it.

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No whining and just do it!

I'm a chronic procrastinator and one thing I learned from the Internet's FlyLady that has been enormously helpful in my weight loss and fitness journey is "no whining!". If I allow myself to have a negative/bad attitude it will spread and infect my whole day. Just suck it up and do it. You'll feel b...

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Track Exercise and Housework Activities Every Day to Help Keep Your Exercise Program Challenging

I find that tracking my exercise program is just as important as tracking my food intake. As with recording my food intake, I have the greatest success when I make it a point to track all of my exercise activities every day. Tracking lets me know what types of activities I am doing and how long I ...

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Never give up!

I know that I am strong but there are days when it does always feel like it. But I have a very powerful Father on my side. He gives me the strength to go on and if I am too weak he carries me. The Lord my God reminds me daily to never give up and to always trust in Him.

Philippians 4:13 I cam...

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Renew your vows to maintain your loss

I just had a maintenance anniversary of significance this week - it had been six years since I declared myself in "maintenance", i.e. I did not want to lose more weight.

Since then, the weight on the scale has fluctuated over the course of each year, depending on what was going on with my foo...

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Start each day FRESH

Secret is never give up! If you go over your goal for a day, let the day pass without being hard on yourself. Remember tomorrow is always a NEW DAY. Don't just throw it all away, keep trying, keep logging your progress. Don't weigh yourself everyday, once a week is good enough.

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Start Fresh Everyday

You are bound to overeat one day or miss a workout. Let it go. Tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start.

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Reminding Yourself of Why You're Doing This

We all mess up, but we can limit our mistakes if we remind ourselves of why we're doing this. I find it helpful to post my goals in places that I will see them constantly. For example, I have them set in a really pretty frame on my computer desk, I laminated them and use it as a bookmark, and I even...

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How to drink 8 cups of water a day!

I found it hard to drink big glasses of water each day and only got through 2 1/2 the first day. The next day I remember a friend tell me she used small 8 oz glass and could drink all eight. I tried it and it work!!

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