Secrets of Success

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Start a streak

Just 10 minutes a day will do wonders for your body and your mental state. You can gradually build up time. Having a daily commit helps keep on track and helps you feel successful.

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Be a label reader!

Mostly all food labels are mis-leading. "Fat free" usually means "I'm loaded with sugar and salt", so read what's in it. Sure it may be fat free but having 40 grams of sugar per sugar kinda defeats the purpose!

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Take lots of pictures

Before pictures are great even if they hurt. You'll have something to compare results to. Don't forget to take pictures during your journey too. Its great to have pictures of doing active things, like hiking, walking, sports, etc. These moments will make you proud and motivate you even more.

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Focus on one thing at a time

Build up your skills and break habits gradually. Start with one thing that you want to change, when you accomplish that you'll feel stronger and ready for the next challenge. Baby steps really work. If you attempt everything at once you're likely to become overwhelmed.

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Drink Tea

Whenever I feel like snacking, I make myself a cup of herbal tea and drink it. If I'm still hungry after drinking the tea, I know I'm legitimately hungry and will have a snack. But more often than not, having something hot and thinking about what I'm doing will stop me from snacking.

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Motivational Maintenance Days

I find that motivation starts waning if I do not treat it as its own muscle group. I need to schedule workouts for my motivation, determination and mental strength, just like I would schedule cardio, stretching or strength training.

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Exercise through out the day

I try to get in extra exercising through out the day. I may do counterr top push-ups, or seated knee lifts. I keep 5 pd weights by the computer and do bicep curls or shlder shrugs. I wear a pedometer and I march in place in check out lines or during commericlas. it all adds up at the end of the day.

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Typing while on Exercise Ball

instead of sitting on a chair while at your computer, sit on your exercise ball- it helps your core muscles and can burn up to 50 calories an hour, according to iVillage.

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Make it your lifestyle

Don't commit to doing anything to lose weight that you're not willing to do for the rest of your life, day in and day out. This will ensure that you stay balanced, moderate, and sustainable in your weight loss.

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Get involved!

The magic 'pill' for me was getting involved with challenge teams. Being accountable to others on a daily basis, and being willing to interact and share made all the difference for me. Once I stopped being a loner, success followed success. There's nothing like a friendly competition!

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