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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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Salad

I use salsa on my salad instead of dressing. It saves a TON of fat and calories and is good for you!

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DO OR DO NOT.THERE IS NO TRY! - YODA

I am back Sparking after a three or four year absence. I think I will have more advantages now, than last time.
My Sweetie and I are recovering from a major setback in finances. Her income was reduced by a third for five years (I call it create financing by the Veterans Administration, but I won'...

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Comradery and Accountability

It is one thing to get started on your journey but to stay the course once you are on the path, even a small variation can get you off track. One thing any service member will tell you is that by having comradery (your brothers in arms) with you on that path and pushing you to keep pressing toward t...

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My Weight Loss Plan

1. Reprogram eating habits with high fiber, lean protein food choices that taste great.
2. Take advantage of everything about SparkPeople, study it at least 3 hours every day, for motivation and to learn and reprogram my thinking.
3. Track all eating.
4. Exercise at least 10 minutes every d...

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Don't Give Up

Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never,...

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Log everything you eat...no matter what!

Log your food daily, and be honest when putting it in your tracker or writing it down. Even if you "cheated" you need to log it. You may be shocked to see the total carbs, calories or fat after a splurge, but that can also teach you to be aware of how much you eat. After a while, you'll think twice ...

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Everyone is an individual

I think the biggest thing I have learned in this journey to health, which includes weight loss, is that everyone is an individual. That means we are all different and there is not one program, one plan, or one diet, that works for everyone. We have to search until we find the one that works for our ...

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Smart Eating Out

We go out quite a bit. Restaurants, art receptions,neighborhood get togethers. They're all a big part of life and community, and I want to participate without throwing me off track.

If I plan to go out, I make the best choices I can for the other meals of the day. When I get to the party, I...

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Learn from Mistakes

I've lost weight and regained it. What that did for me was to teach me about myself. I learned that I love running. I never would have tried it, if I wasnít trying to lose. Losing weight taught me that I am capable of doing so, and what it would actually take to get it done.

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Take Baby Steps

Little changes over time make the biggest impact. If you try too much at once, you'll get overwhelmed and struggle to maintain your new lifestyle. If you change small things one thing at a time, it's easier. Start with more water, shoot for an initial goal of four glasses a day, for example. Then, b...

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After I eat, I think about it before adding more.

After I finish a meal, I think about it before adding more to my plate.

I usually track it in my food journal before I eat. If I am still hungry, I stop & give it some careful thought before going ahead. Sometimes just finishing with a cup of coffee away from the table is all I need.

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