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Be your own Advocate!

Do not count on anyone else to get you to exercise. Be accountable to yourself....only you and you alone can do this and keep it a regular part of your lifestyle..like 5 days a week! You can do it!

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PB2 - Bell Plantation.....
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PB Powder!

Talk about a healthy alternative to Peanut Butter....this comes in a powder you mix with water - no added stuff to make it bad...just natural pb powder and really good. I mix it in a protein shake for a wonderful PB vanilla protein shake . Low cal and Low fat...45 calories for 2 tbs!

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Light Chocolate Silk Soy Milk

1 glass of Light Chocolate Silk soy milk is only 90 calories
and it will fill you up! I have a banana with it for a snack and I'm good to go! Love the chocolate fix!

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My secret weapon...

I found a replacement to reduced fat PB...it's called Better'N Peanut Butter - can be found at Super Targets, Bi-lo, Harris Teeter...only 100 calories and 2 fat grams for 2 tbls!!!
That's right I said only 2 fat grams...Woohoo!!

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Watch the Sodium!!

Use the nutrition tracker and add sodium to track and keep it under 2000 mg a day....you'll be surprised at how you change your food choices to fit the sodium requirements.
It will force you to eat more natural foods like fruits and veggies! Stay away from processed foods....You'll feel better!

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Use Spark Recipes and Recipe Builder!

The great thing about Sparks is the recipe buider! I have entered all my favorite dishes and know exactly the number of calories,fat,fiber and sodium content of each dish...you can make changes according to the recipe to reduce calories and make it a healthy meal and then add it to your favorites!

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Make an Appointment...

Make an appointment with yourself (actually put it on your planner) and schedule your workout time daily. This keeps you accountable and lets you say no to other engagements because you already have an appointment! It is the most important appointment you can keep for your health.

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Keeping a food journal

Keeping a food journal is the key to weight maintenance. When you plan your food daily you will be sure to get all the food groups covered and keep you from eating food that could cause you to regain the weight.

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