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Never "give in"...

It was Winston Churchill who gave a speech back in the 40s to never give in! I just looked it up so I wouldn't misquote him...

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”<...

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Nutritional Information with Product Pictures, Wegmans.com

Even if you don't have the Wegmans grocery chain in your city, their web site can be a valuable resource. When I'm searching for nutritional information on calorie.about.com or fatsecret or even here, it can be difficult for me to know if this is exactly the item I'm eating. At Wegmans.com, they hav...

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Almonds and Pistachios

A handful of nuts is healthy..what's a handful? About 23 nuts. Eat in moderation and continue to eat 4 walnuts per day as the oils are good for your heart.

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Set a deadline

Make sure you set a definitive goal deadline.

September 22 marks the final 100 days of the year. Decide what you want to accomplish by the end of the 100 days, and do everything in your power to make it happen.

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I can, but I choose not to

This is what I say to my son when he reminds me that I "can't have" something that doesn't fit with my diet. I tell him, I can. I choose not to. Put that way, dieting stops being deprivation and sacrifice and becomes a powerful choice I make for my own sake.

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Live for Now

"You can live in the past and may be miserable. Or, you can live in the now and make it better than it ever was." - Billie Jean King

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Remember Happiness

Don't be mean to yourself by remembering that one only fails if one gives up. Take time to close your eyes and listen to music, call a friend or your family, look at beautiful pictures, anything that lifts the spirit and allow you to forget pain.

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Change Your Mind With Voice Affirmations

One of my secrets to success is that I change my negative thoughts by using voice affirmations. What I do is record my affirmations on my smart phone or hand held recorder. I plug in my ear phones and listen to them when I start to notice my inner thoughts are negative. I make these recordings after...

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Life

Laugh when you can...
Apologize when you should...
Let go of what you can't change...
Love deeply and forgive quickly...
Take chances and give your everything...
Life is too short to be anything but happy...
You have to take the good with the bad...
Love what you have... ...

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Take things one step at a time

Concentrating on one thing to change and getting that right really helps me see that I am making positive and lasting changes. After that one thing is in, then I can tackle the next. Bit by bit I will get where I want to be!

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