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The 10% rule

If you have a lot of weight to lose set yourself a small goal of losing 10%, no more than that. Once you reach that goal and see how much different you feel set another 10% goal. This makes the weight loss feel more manageable

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Change one thing at a time

When you think about all you have to lose and the journey ahead it can seem daunting. Just change one thing at a time, this can be just eating properly until you feel you have turned the corner before introducing exercise. It may slow your journey down but it also makes it more manageable

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Used magazines

When you've finished with your magazines drop them in the local hospital or hospice. This gives the patients and visitors relatively up to date reading material to help them pass the time. It also means you've recycled them instead of reading them once then throwing them away

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Newbies

If you're new to the site check out the 1st blogs of other newbies, these are likely to have started the journey at the same time as you so when motivation is waning you can encourage each other

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Logging bad eating!

Even if you have eaten bad make sure you record what you've eaten, this way you can learn from it. It's tempting to not record intake if you haven't eaten properly but this is the time you need to record it, along with how it made you feel

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Rise above it

If you have friends/family who are negative about your plan to change your life don't bite back at them, rise above it

I know it's hard but try bringing them up to your level rather than lowering to theirs, if they see that their comments don't hurt they may rethink

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The list of reasons

When you start out write all the reasons you're doing this and get it laminated. This will then be a constant reminder to you, make several copies and put them where you need them most such as on the fridge, inside food cupboards

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Small steps

While watching tv when the adverts come on get up and do a minute of lunges, squats, press ups. Do this only during the breaks and the minutes will soon add up. If you spend 3 hours watching tv with 4 ad breaks an hour you've done 12 mins of excercise

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Counting the pennies!

Record every penny you spend, whether it be using cash or card.

This'll highlight to you how much, if any, you throw away each month.

It's so easy to just buy the odd coffee but before you know it you've blown a lot on something you may not have had spare cash for

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Progress not perfection

Take each day as it comes and aim for progress not perfection, it takes time to 'unlearn' bad habits and learn good ones. Don't feel guilty from any slip ups, think about what set this off and work around it. Life is for living and too short for wasting it feeling guilty or having regrets!

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