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Snacks

I keep a container of chopped veggies in the fridge, a bowl of fruit on the counter and a basket of other healthy snacks in the cabinet.

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Hidden Veggies

Don't tell anybody, but I put grated carrots in my tomato sauce!

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Fruit

I try to eat some kind of fruit with every meal.

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Permission

I give myself permission to fail, but I NEVER give myself permission to quit!

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Educate Yourself

Learn as much as you can about what you should weigh, what you should eat, and how to burn calories. Knowledge is power!

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Fridge

We keep a magnetic dry-erase board on the refrigerator. It lists everything from Doctor's appointments to groceries.

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Proportion

It's important to me to look at the report at the end of the day and make sure I'm eating the right proportion of carbs/fat/protein. I also monitor my salt intake. When I stay within the ranges suggested and burn the right amount of calories, I lose weight and I feel good, not starved.

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Diet Strategies

I keep boiled eggs in the fridge. I keep individually wrapped 4oz pieces of chicken breast that I have grilled in the freezer. I keep a large container of fresh chopped veggies (carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes, etc.) in the fridge. These tend to come in handy when I'm in a hurry or don't k...

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Success is the best motivation.

As soon as I decide to take the journey I start feeling good because I know I'm taking control of my health. Then when I start actually losing weight, that gives me more motivation. Then when I can tell a difference in the mirror or by how my clothes fit, my attitude gets even more positive. It ...

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Magazines

I subscribe to a fitness magazine and when I need motivation, I go back and read them. there are all sorts of great food tips, exercise workouts and good general health info to discover and try!

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