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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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My husband is my inspiration and my best support

Today I was feeling sorry for myself because my children are busy and I don't see them, or talk to them, as often as i would like. This is exactly the kind of thing that would have caused me to binge eat in the past. Instead my husband gave me a big hug and helped me put things in perspective, and...

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!!...

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

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List the unexpected

Keep adding to a list of surprising changes as you lose weight. E.g. bending is easier, thighs stop chafing, rings fit on fingers, shoes are more comfortable, etc. The growing list is a great motivator. Even if you hit a plateau you have a record of changes to keep you feeling positive.

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Cleaning out the closet

Buy a bag of really small rubber bands, the kind used for multi-braiding hair. Put a rubber band around the top of the hanger, when you wear the item remove the rubber band. At the end of the season or six months, any item with a rubber band still on the hanger hasn't been worn and needs to go to...

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Organic Veggie Delivery!

I just started having a box of organic fruits & veggies delivered to my house once a week. It is amazing how many veggies I am eating now and I have lost enough weight in just 1 week to make my pants fit comfortably again! =)

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Jesus Christ

My savior

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Switch up your exercise routine

When I hit a plateau, I switched up my exercise routine, by doing cardio after weight training. (I did do a warm up prior to weight training.) Also key for me was staying calm about it and accepting it as part of the process.

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The 5 Pound Rule

Weigh your self daily. Don't allow yourself to gain more than 5 pounds without taking positive action. Continue to exercise and track your food. Maintain the good habits that caused you to lose weight.

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