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Don't be Embarrassed or Jealous

With all of our stats here public, it's only natural to feel embarrassment when we stray or jealousy when others post huge weight losses. Everyone is different, and everyone is here to get fit and healthy! Keep it public, stay accountable, celebrate victories, and bolster others' spirits as well.

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Thrive where you are

The most important thing to me is to realize that although there are limitations to having extra pounds and knee trouble, there are many other people who are much more limited than I am. Therefore, I feel it is vital for me to celebrate what this body of mine CAN do right now! You only get one body ...

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You got this!

Dieting, or change, is never easy! It's not just changing what we eat, but what we think, and how we feel about what we eat. It's a LIFESTYLE change. The secret to it is to take one day at a time. We are all going to hit a plateau, or have a bad day (birthdays? parties? etc) where we will go ove...

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NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!

Actually I have 4 secrets to success to share:

The first secret is to Never give up! You are worth the effort & time!! I can not tell you how many times I have started over from ground zero. We all have & that is OK!!
The second secret is to do what feels good to you. You may find ...

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Don't Look Back

Don't look back. There is nothing back there but history. If you are looking backwards, you can't see in front of you!! That means you have to stop moving forward and maybe even regress...

So no matter how tempting or important it seems to you, just don't look back. You can train your brain ...

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Track Everything, Every Day!

I am very disciplined in daily tracking of my food, water and exercise. Measuring everything and using a FitBit helps to keep me honest, but I think it's actually the act of recording it that reminds me that only I am accountable for what goes into my mouth and how much I move. Tracking also provi...

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Getting the job done

Getting your mind round to what your body can do is more that half the battle.
Don't say I can't do that until you find out if you can.

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Great Advice From an Unusual Source

"Promise me you will always remember:
You're BRAVER than you believe,
and STRONGER than you seem,
and SMARTER than you think."

Christopher Robin said this to Winnie-the-Pooh, written by A. A. Milne in 1926!! Still true today.
This helps me when I feel overwhelmed, or just plain...

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Progress, not perfection

Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward. As long as you keep moving forward, you're winning. No one is perfect -- forgive yourself, learn from your experience, and soldier onward.
Progress, not perfection!

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The bag lady...

I seem to have a bag for everything: for the gym, for lunch, for church, for the music lessons I teach, for the English lessons I teach, for going to the library. I even have a bag of bags in the trunk of the car to pack my groceries in!

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