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Relax, sit and enjoy while eating

When eating, sit down and relax. Look at your food. Have a bite. Put down your fork or spoon ( if using). What is the flavor like? Have you noticed the texture before? Do you really like it? Swallow. Take a sip of water or other beverage. Have another bite and repeat.

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Eat the healthy stuff first

I don't deprive myself of treats. I just tell myself that I have to eat the healthy stuff first: 8 glasses of liquid; 5 servings of fruits & veggies; 2 high-calcium foods, sufficient protein and healthy fats. By the time I finish these, I usually don't crave junk anymore.

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Healthy Eating for Kids

My youngest (6) is a very picky eater she would eat Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, or PBJ exclusively if I let her. So recently I have been letting her help me in the kitchen, measuring, peeling, stiring etc and now she will eat the things that she helps make including salad !!!!!

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No more excuses... ;)

After I'm done with my grocery shopping I wash all my fruits and greens, so I can just pick them up and enjoy them. This is especially good with lettuce - just keep it in a Tupperware in your fridge so you can pick it out and make yourself a delicious salad.

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Get the App

Having the App on my iPhone has really made it easy to track my calorie intake and exercise minutes. I can input things as i eat them on-the-go, instead of having to sit down at the end of the day and try and remember everything I've eaten. It has really helped hold me accountable.

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Pictures

Take pictures before you begin your program...take them in a work out outfit or a swim suit...doesn't matter what you look like because these pics are JUST for you. Take frontal, side and rear view pics...then take them every 4-8 weeks...in the exact same clothing, doing the same poses. Then compa...

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Planner

If I don't have my Franklin Covey planner with me at all times I'm absolutely lost! You can put everything in it...all your info, your todo lists, your shopping, appointments, work schedule. I look at it every night to see what's coming up the next day...I even use it to schedule my workouts!

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Use it

Using Spark People is a wonderful source of motivation....

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Mini Meal

I eat 6-7 mini meals a day, it keeps me full and when your not hungry all the time you eat less

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snacks

Make and measure out all of your snacks the day before. :)

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