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Prep the pan!

Buy a pan with a good non-stick coating and use less than half the oil or butter for saute or pan-frying.

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Weights and Measures!

Weigh and measure everything that you cook and eat! Most of us suffer from proportion distortion and underestimate what we eat.
When you take the time to measure liquids and weigh solids, you will come to learn just how much you're eating!

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GO FISH!

Fish is a wonderful source of protein and Omega-3s. It's lean and it's a healthy alternative to fattier meats.
Fish is generally inexpensive and may be bought fresh locally for added benefit.

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Read the Nutritional Value Guides!

Before you cook, READ the nutritional Value Guides on packaging! You may well be getting more calories, carbs, fats, and cholersterol than you think!

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FREE DAY!

When I've hit a plateau -- I take a FREE day. I only eat three evenly spaced meals -- but I eat what I really want.
Yes, it can go over calories, carbs, fat... but it serves as a wake-up call to your body. It shakes things up.

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Slow and Steady

You CAN'T lose it all in one day -- one week -- one month! Howver, you CAN lose a pound a week! And that adds up very fast! 52 pounds in just one year!
Don't try to rush the process.

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Vitamuffins!

Vitamuffins are high in fiber and protein and taste great. They are a delightful treat that won't veer you off-track.

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Share your positive attitude!

Share your postive outlook and attitude! Scan the blogs at SP and, when you see someone who's down, leave them a comment and a goodie!
It will cheer them up, let them know they have a friend, and motivate them!

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Hummus!

Make a change for the better: Instead of greasy fried chips and dip, switch to baked chips / crackers and hummus! You'll save on fat and calories and add protein to your plan!

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Give positive vibes to get them!

To STAY positive -- you must BE positive and you must SHARE it!

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