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TV Choices!

I'm the kind of person that likes to have something on TV when I'm doing chores around the house. Not that I'm paying attention and watching all of the time, but just something to listen to while I'm folding laundry, paying bills, etc.

- Submitted by FELIXC 6/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 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 | 141 Comments

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Eat Full Fat Peanut Butter

Natural peanut butter does not mean without added sugars and hydrogenated oils.....go full fat as sugars and starchy fillers in reduced fat peanut butter are unhealthy and the difference in calories is negligible. Pick one that's packed with protein and has heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 8/26/2013 in Living With Diabetes | 2 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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Do What Works For YOU

Do What Works For YOU

Whether you are looking for advice when it comes to exercise, nutrition, losing weight, or any number of things don't feel like you have to listen to it all.

Different things work for different people. Instead of letting that get you down, let it inspire you to discover your true potential.

- Submitted by CANNINGNANNY 9/3/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

- Submitted by THENORA 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 49 Comments

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Feeling Pretty~

When I start to feel a binge coming on I put on a face mask and start a manicure /pedicure. The wet nails and goop on your face prevents you from eating and after your finished you feel "pretty" and refreshed. I've lost 35 lbs. since feb. So this has been a useful trick for me. Hope someone else out there finds it useful to. emoticon

- Submitted by BEAN2014 8/19/2010 in Motivation | 6 Comments

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

- Submitted by 7DWORPS 5/18/2010 in Weight Loss | 22 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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Be Cheap! View daily calories as cash, NOT an unlimited credit card!

View your daily calories as the amount of cash you have in your wallet; NOT an unlimited credit card!

Limit calorie spending to the amount of cash you PRE planned to spend. Eat filling foods that are low cost/cal. Don't waste calorie money on junk that leaves you w/ buyers' remorse & extra pounds.

And count EVERYTHING; it's easy to nickel & dime yourself out of your weight loss.

Bonus: intentional movement & exercise become money in the bank!

Live cheaply, spend wisely, be healthy.

- Submitted by HK-SPARK 11/15/2010 in Weight Loss | 20 Comments

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 47 Comments
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