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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Sunshine alone is motivation.

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All about portion control!

Just need to weigh and measure and pay attention to servings on a box can etc. watch the nutritional counts. Try to balance the protein and fats and carbohydrates. I ...

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Losing the right way

Losing weight is not easy. I have been there more than once. I used to be l80, after my son. I had a hard time losing it. Reason, sweets, my downfall.

After being in plus sizes for a while, I decided it was time to start trying to lose, and get into normal clothes again. It wasn't easy. I wa...

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it's MY turn .... Time for Me :-)



CAUTION: if you are unable to handle complete TRUTH... stop reading now.... I am honest and ope...

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Label, label, label that snack!

I have begun to label all the snacks that may be in my house with the equivalent exercise. I don't deny myself any, I just make a decision by the amount of miles I will have to walk to counter the calories. For example, I put a "half mile" sticker on the bag of mini donuts, oreo's are labeled, ice c...

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Exercise Watching A Movie or Video

I'm on the computer a lot so that means I'm sitting down a lot..................... so whenever I'm watching health videos on you tube or even a movie on the computer or the television................... I either walk in place (usually 2-3 miles) or do some upper body work with dumbbells or both.......

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My Action TV

I have a favorite TV show and it comes on two nights in a row. I confess I love to do my exercise while watching "The Voice". I find that all the music is good to move to and I use some of the movements I get from other work outs such as Leslie Sansone walking workouts. One of the moves in a Lesli...

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Lifestyle changes instead of dieting

I don't believe in dieting as something that works long term to get weight off and keep it off long term. I believe you need to make a lifestayle change that will stick with you from that day on. I can't deny myself everything I love forever, so it's important to include those things that you like i...

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Can't Eat The Whole Elephant At Once

I have lost over 100 pounds before and I am doing it again. As I started back, I remembered a technique I used before, and it still works.

There is a saying, "How do you eat an elephant?". The answer: "One bite at a time."

Any goal, large or small has to be accomplished in small incr...

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Add A Mini Workout Into Getting Dressed

After my shower, I dry the underside of the back of my hair by doing a deep forward stretch, with my legs just more than shoulder width apart, and bending forward to get a good stretch in the back of my legs, while using the blow dryer on my hair.
Drying feet is also an opportunity to get in a g...

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Keeping the ball rolling

It's hard to stay motivated to exercise. You have a busy day at the office, the weather isn't ideal , and sometimes you just don't feel like it. I have found that for me, however, if I can make myself do just a few minutes of walking, stretching or heavy cleaning in the house I can get the ball rol...

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