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Success is... accountability

emoticon Must be accountable.. on all fronts... emoticon
Must be willing to work the hardest.... to push yourself harder each and everyday.. no matter how tired you are... to keep pushing the envelope!

- Submitted by MRS-FENTON 1/31/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Easy Breakfasts

Take out freezer containers & put half a cup of oatmeal, a hand full of frozen blueberries or sliced strawbverries, some flax seed, a sprinkle of cinnamon and freeze them. When you want this breafast just add a cup of water and put into the microwave.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/8/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 139 Comments

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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/16/2010 in Healthy Eating | 29 Comments

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 90 Comments

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List The Pros And Cons

If you ever seriously consider giving up ( which I know you won't ) take a couple of minutes, draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and list the pros and cons of your decision. This will help to remind you why you started in the first place and the consequences of turning back

- Submitted by MOTHER-NATURE 4/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 2 Comments

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Record your insulin use

Checking your blood glucose and recording the results can help tell you how well your insulin is working.
Your doctor needs to look at your blood glucose results and your record of insulin doses. Ask about when your insulin starts to work, when it works hardest and how long it lasts.
Look for patterns of high and low blood glucose then make adjustments so that you are within the target range most of the time.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 8/26/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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Alway eat a protein with a carb.

While it is the most helpful thing to know about eating with diabetes, I am surprised how many people don't know this "secret." ALWAYS combine a carb with a protein at every meal or snack.

- Submitted by TEAMDIABETES 7/18/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 23 Comments

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Drink!

A couple of times when my weight has stalled, getting religious about my water intake and pushing it to 10 cups a day got things moving again. Also, adding brewed green tea helps give you something to sip on and boosts metabolism with many antioxidants as well.

- Submitted by L1SAATAYLOR 6/17/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 9 Comments

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zig zag your calories

To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!

- Submitted by DBANNIST 4/21/2010 in Weight Loss | 43 Comments

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Balancing Life's Journey

Getting healthy is more then losing weight ..... we need to balance it out so that everything is working as we travel along on this life long journey to good health ... this will include Career, family, friends, religion, finances, relationaships,fun & recreation emoticon the road to health

- Submitted by MOTHER-NATURE 3/29/2010 in Staying Healthy | 4 Comments
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