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Pay for items with cash only

By paying for items with cash only, this makes your purchases more meaningful and also means that you don't have to worry about having any finance charges or interest rates added on which you would have if you bought it using your credit card.

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Take Photos of Your Progress

At the start of your weight loss journey, take pictures of yourself. As your progress, every six months or so, take updated photos of yourself. By taking photos of yourself, this serves as a reminder of how far you've come as well as how far you still have to go.

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Brush your teeth right after dinner

Brushing your teeth right after dinner should help curb late bight snacking because anything you eat after brushing your teeth just won't taste the same.Brushing your teeth after dinner also provides a signal to your brain that you're done eating for the day.

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Don't hide your weight loss behind baggy clothes!

Don't hide in baggy clothes while you work towards reaching your goal weight! Every month or so, go buy a new item of clothing that highlights your best features instead of hiding them. No only will you feel proud of your accomplishments, but you'll also get tons of compliments.

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Snack on fruit, not junk food!

When you get a craving between meals, snack on some fruit instead; not only will you be getting a serving of fruit and feel better but you'll also fight off hunger until later.

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Take time to be thankful

Everyday you wake up and exercise or choose what you put into your body, take a minute to be thankful for the opportunity to have a body that works and be for being able to make choices for how to live your life

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Give healthy gifts to friends!

Whenever I see a co-worker or a friend trying to make healthy life changes, I give them a healthy gift (weights, a fitness journal,etc.) so that they can see that I'm supporting them in their journey to better health.This both motivates them to keep their healthy habits & it also makes me happy.

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Write your weight where you can see it

Post a calendar near the refrigerator or by your front door and whenever you weight yourself, mark it on the calender along with how many pounds you've lost or gained. This should definitely inspire you not to over eat or motivate you to reach your weight goal

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Bring a healthy side dish when going to family events

If you know you're going to a family get together and want to maintain your healthy diet, bring a healthy side dish along. Not only will you be helping the party planner by bringing extra food, but some family members may ask for a taste of what you brought and ask for the recipe.

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Prepare in advance when eating out

If you know that you're going out to eat with co-workers, see if you can find an online menu for where you're going so you can decide beforehand what the healthiest eating options are. After this, add your meal to the nutrition tracker;this will help keep your aware of your calorie intake.

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