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If you are craving something sweet...

Equal gum makes three flavors, Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake and Mint chocolate chip and they are great. If you want dessert, pop a piece of one of these flavors in your mouth and the craving will disappear. My fave is the key lime pie, yummy! And it lasts a long time too, by the time the flavor goes away you will be not feeling hungry anymore.

- Submitted by PCW452002 2/27/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 9 Comments
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Stop the binge before it starts

When you stumble...do you get up and throw yourself down the entire flight of stairs? If you break one egg, do you then smash the whole dozen? Of course not! So if you have a weak food moment, there's no reason to "blow" the rest of the day/week. Having one cookie or a few chips does not give you the excuse to scarf down the entire bag. Take a breath, acknowledge the "mistake" and get right back on plan. You'll be glad you did!

- Submitted by CORGIDOGMOM 2/9/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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Just Say NO

I say No after 7pm to food, I have a hard time with this for some reason, So I "Just say NO" when I think i want something to eat. It has worked wonders for me. Put up a Green light, yellow light and red light (picture of course) on your fridge or cabinets or wherever you get side tracked, switch the sign according to your calories, and at the end of the day the RED stop signal will remind you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by LOVEZU 2/2/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Less Calories at night

I always have been able to break through a plateau when I eat less at night for a few days. Nothing drastic, but something simple such as cutting back the amount of carbs at night(or switching the cals so that the lunch and early snack are a bit more heavier and dinner is a bit more light). This does the trick all the time but might be a bit difficult. It will help break through a plateau though and has helped me maintain my weight loss of 80 lbs. Hopefully I will remember this for my plateaus.

- Submitted by CAROLINE6778 1/2/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 12 Comments
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If you're bored, go for a walk.

It will get your mind AND body going, making you productive when you return.

- Submitted by COUNTRYRUN 11/9/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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If you can't taste it... Don't waste it

For example; if you are eating a sandwich and you can not taste the cheese on it why put in on there. If you can't taste it don't waste any of your calorie, fat or carb. allowances. Save it for something you can taste and savor.

- Submitted by MEANGREENIRENE 11/1/2010 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Fed Up with Acne and/or Fine Lines?

A cup of fresh spinach a day will provide enough Vitamin A to keep your skin looking bright and beautiful! In just 2 weeks, you will see a major difference if you incorporate a small amount of this powerful food into your daily diet.

- Submitted by JANEMEETSWORLD 11/7/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Clothes

I gave away all my old "skinny clothes".
I am not buying any clothes right now.
When I get down to size 10, I am buying a whole new wardrobe emoticon
I am giving away all my clothes that are too big now.
That way, If I start to slide up the scale, I have more motivation to get myself back in check

- Submitted by CURVYMEG 10/17/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Measuring sticky ingredients

Before you pour sticky ingredients into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

- Submitted by KBUCKMASH 10/13/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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Reboot!

If you're day is going badly, you can always start over at any time--and as many times as you'd like. It's just like pressing Control-Alt-Delete on your computer. Don't live with a nagging sense that you let yourself down, and don't wait until tomorrow to start over. Reboot! Half of a good day is better than a full bad day.

- Submitted by EMILYBBB 10/4/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 6 Comments
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