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Make exercise a priority.

Set a time for exercise and make it a priority. Plan your day around your exercise. I work out as soon as I get home from work. Sometimes supper is a few minutes late but my husband and daughter are very supportive and know that my workouts are important to my weightloss.

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Take out the tape measure

Sometimes I go for a week or so without losing any weight even though I've been eating sensibly and exercising. I get a little frustrated and then remember to take out the measuring tape. I usually find that I've lost an inch or so from my waist which inspires me to workout even more.

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What are the health benefits of kale?

What are the health benefits of kale ?

While not as well researched as some of its fellow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, kale is a food that you can count on for some unsurpassed health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness. In our own websi...

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What everyone should know about maintenance

How to maintain for life. No more going back and starting over.

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What You Do FIRST Thing When You Wake Up

What you do FIRST thing when you get up in the morning can impact your day, positive or negative. Say aloud" I WILL make this a positive day today. Then make a plan and stick with it no matter what. Make each day count as if it is the only day that matters!

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The Weekly Purge

Once a week, I 'purge' the refrigerator, getting rid of all limp or wilted foods, wipe down the shelves and drawers; then I can see what we need to replenish and it helps me w/ my grocery list as well as menu plan for the week. (It only takes minutes)

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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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