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Follow the 10 minute rule

When you don't feel like working out, tell yourself to only do 10 minutes.
After you have exercised for the 10 minutes chances are you will continue on for the whole workout.

"Hey i've gone this far. I can do 20 more minutes."

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Start every day fresh

Start each and every day like it's the first day of your diet. You get a second chance to start all over each and every day. You start each day with a fresh slate. Don't worry about what you did yesterday. You can do it!!!

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My Silly Visual

When I think about the weight I have lost, I think of it as the 3 pound cans of Crisco. I have lost over 60 pounds which would be like carrying 20 cans of Crisco. Can you imagine carrying 20 cans of Crisco everywhere you go. I have about 23 cans to go (69 pounds).

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Money motivated

For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!

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Halloween Candy


Don't bring in that Halloween Candy. I left mine in the bag --in the trunk of my car--and that is where it will stay until tomorrow night.

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One healthy Choice leads to another healthy choice

Making the first healthy choice will lead to other healthy choice.

For example: For breakfast you have the option of Oatmeal and a Banana OR an egg Mcmuffin meal from McDonalds. Simply by choosing the oatmeal and banana you have greatly increased the probablility that you will have a healthy ...

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Eat it later

I do not like to continually deny or deprive myself of forbidden foods. I fool myself by saying that I can have that treat AFTER I eat my meal, if I am still hungry. After eating a healthy meal, I am full and satisfied and do not crave the sweets. I know I am deceiving myself, but it works for me...

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Eat more vegetables and fruit

I find, the more veggies/fruit I squeeze into my day (as part of my meals, and as yummy snacks with hummus ...), the easier the weight comes off. Mostly because they fill me up for VERY few calories, and then I am not as hungry by the time the next "mealtime" rolls around.

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Every Minute an Opportunity

Standing in line is an excellent opportunity to get in added cardio or strength minutes. Marching in place, Standing abductions or adductions, calf raises, pelvic tilts... I don't let a minute pass me by. Those cans can be added weights for bicep curls while waiting at the checkout! Spark On!

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