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Cooking

When cooking, I substitute ground turkey for ground beef whenever I can to cut out extra calories. I've come to like turkey tacos much more than beef tacos :-)

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30 Day No Cheats/No Sweets

Whenever I find I need a reset, I always commit to tracking for thirty days. I don't allow myself ANY sugar additives or sweets or desserts during this time. I also make sure I'm drinking the recommended eight glasses of water per day.

I've found that if I stick with this plan for thirty day...

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Don't Give Up

In 2011 I started walking everyday, strength training for a half hour three times a week, changed my diet, only drank water, I lost around 105 lbs and almost reversed my diabetes, I even got over my anxiety enough to go to college. In 2013 I was sexually assaulted and the police refused to do an inv...

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My Success Secrets

Stay Focused, don't allow the squirrel get my attention. Keep my eye on the goal.

Stay Determined, making sure that when I think of something to do, follow through at that moment. NEVER say I will do it later, because later may not happen.

Meditate/Pray, give thanks and praise where it...

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Believe in Yourself

Believe in yourself.

I had given up on myself a number of years ago as I could never lose weight beyond a few pounds. I was 345 pounds, and tried for ten years to get under 300. It just didn't work.

I started to educate myself, and one by one, started to cut certain elements from m...

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Snacks

The fiber in an Orange helps control blood sugar and so does an apple.
A frozen sugar-free fruit bar like Edy's is a refreshing snack.
Graham Crackers dunked into milk or put some fat free cool whip between them and freeze them for a snack.
Try 2 cups of KettleKorn..I buy it at Walmart.

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Hard Work Paid Off for this Type 2 Diabetic

I began my healthy living journey in November of 2008. I weighed 242 pounds, and had Type 2 Diabetes. The only reason I began the journey was because I began having complications with the diabetes.

I embarked on a 1250 calorie a day food plan, and I began walking for exercise. I completely ch...

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Fasting with diabetes

I have learned with intermittent fasting that I can help keep fasting blood sugars in a more normal range. Break fasts with healthy fats and moderate eating plus treadmill and at age 80 years old on oxygen have been able to lose over 20 pounds which is helping all other health problem...

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Stop Mindlessly Eating Sugar

What have I done in the past and in the last 6 months?

My attitude has changed for the better.

What can you do? Get your mind into this, but don't make it hard on yourself. If you feel yourself forgetting that what you eat matters, turn your thoughts around. I look back at the ti...

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My "not so secret" secret

It's no secret! I have a monitor to track steps and physical activity, I try to drink 8 cups of water each day, I try to balance and portion control my meals and I am constantly pulling motivational quotes to try and stay positive.

My issue seems to be lack of motivation, or rather I make a ...

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Dancin' on the Treadmill

I love using the treadmill while listening to upbeat music. My mp3 has Irish jigs and salsa. I dance on that treadmill by moving my hips, arms and feet in different ways.

Exercise can sometimes get so repetitive it is boring and if you get bored, you will eventually give up. By listening...

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