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Make your own tier of healthy foods - don't force yourself to eat stuff you don't like

It sounds weird, but let me explain:

I like veggies... but I really like a few specific veggies: mushrooms, pea pods/string beans, potatoes and squashes of any kind, etc. But health advice says you must eat a variety of veggies to be healthy - and while yes, a variety will give you more nutr...

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Less is somtimes More!

Don't overdo your exercise - don't set yourself up for failure. If you're new to the game, take it easy right out of the gate. Set a smaller goal, and feel great when you accomplish it! Add on more if you want to. I found that saying I would workout 6 times a week, and then not being able to, is wha...

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Give yourself some options and variety!

I always overpack my lunchbox - not because I want to overeat, but because I love having options. Having the option to choose whether I want to eat an orange or an apple, yogurt or string cheese, really helps me stay on track with my food choices. If I limit what I bring, I'm more likely to not want...

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Working out First Thing in the Morning

I have found that exercising first thing in the morning can really help me stay on target for the whole day. For example, when tempted by a craving or offered something I shouldn't eat, I find myself thinking, "I already worked out today and I'm doing so well - I don't need that!" If I haven't worke...

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Don't Eat Foods You Don't Like

Too many people force themselves to stick to a strict diet or eat things they don't like, simply because they're good for you. Experiment! Try out new things, and stick with the good, healthy foods that you like! For example, if you don't really like many veggies, there's nothing wrong with having f...

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Staying Motivated to Work Out

When I get home from work, I change right into my workout clothes and shoes. That way, even if I have to do some sort of chore before working out (like wash out my lunch box or throw in a load of laundry), I can't get lazy and change my mind about working out. I'm already in the clothes and ready to...

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