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Borrowed from AA

When I'm having a particularly hard day dealing with cravings, I tell myself...."Just for the next hour, I will not eat that piece of chocolate".... or "just for the next half hour, I will not have that piece of banana nut bread", and then when I've made it through that far, I restate the goal..."ju...

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Summer Pool Time

Even when it seems like it's too hot outside to do anything productive...there is always a pool open somewhere. Swimming is a great way to burn calories without much effort. Just treading water helps burn those pesky calories in a jiffy. I went swimming for an hour yesterday then tracked it on here ...

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Drinks in Restaurants

Whoa. Just have water and you will be shocked at how low the bill is!!

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The trick to 8 cups of water a day

The trick I use to get my 8 cups of water a day is to drink 1 cup before a meal, and 1 cup after the meal. With three meals a day, thats 6 cups! and the other two cups (or more!) are easily put in during a workout or sipping while watching tv! With this trick I usually get about 9-13 cups of water a...

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Limit Distractions During Exercise

So many of us read, watch TV or text during exercise; and, if you think about it, it's not a good thing. If we distract ourselves, though it helps pass the time, we might not be putting 100% effort into the activity. Listening to music can be more motivating, as you move to the beat. If music isn't ...

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Motivation on the wall

I started putting up motivational quotes that speak to me on my cubicle wall at work. I write them out all pretty with colorful markers. One of my favorites: "Always do what you are afraid to do." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Don't beat yourself up

I am learning not to beat myself up about little slips. If I go over my meal or daily allowances, I let it go and continue to make healthy choices. Beating myself up only results in a failure state of mind. I have not failed, I just made a small mistake.

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Track Track Track

Tracking my intake and my exercise every day has really made all the difference in the world for me. I never really knew just how much I was consuming each and every day. I am holding myself accountable and it's working!

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Leave the measuring cup in the bag

Buy a bunch of cheap-o measuring cups. Leave whatever one works for the serving size in the box of cereal, bag of chips, whatever, then you're reminded to portion stuff out!

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Portion Control

When I buy a box of cereal or bag of pretzels I measure out the serving size and put it back in the box or bag. This way I don't just "Free Feed" until my hand reaches the bottom of the EMPTY bag!!

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