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Staying motivated with Zumba dancing!!!

With the change of diet, and I have gone wild with my Zumba exercising. It is fun, exciting, and you can go at your own pace. You are moving every part of your body. You will feel energized, pumped up, and be ready to see and even feel like a new person. Awe, if you love to dance, then Zumba is it...

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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.

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Building a Healthy Lifestyle on a Budget: Tricks from Twenty years in Retail.

Building a Healthy Lifestyle on a Budget: Tricks from Twenty years in Retail.

OK, my hubby and I are both retired, and its hard to make sweeping changes on a fixed income. Some of you are in single-income families, or large families, or for other reasons have a harsh financial reality. It...

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Determination and Consistency



I've lost a little over 100 pounds, and still have around 50/70 to go. This is what has worked for me...

If someone tells you that diet, or exercise are the biggest/most important aspe...

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Don't give up!! even when that scale doesn't move!!

I started about 4 weeks ago and weighed at 196.. but I think I really weighed 198/199. I got up to that the 2nd week in, that is why I think I really weighed that. I was getting discouraged and wasn't sure what I was eating to make me sit at idol. The 3rd week I was down to 194 but I sat at this wei...

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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.

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Try to Fit Little Bits of Exercise In Whenever You Can It All Adds Up!

Try to Fit Little Bits of Exercise In Whenever You Can It All Adds Up!

Whenever I can, I try to do little bits of physical activity as often as I can throughout the day, even when Im at work.

If the weather is nice, I take the opportunity to go walking. If I am on a coffee break ...

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20 Pounds in 2 Weeks

In my first two weeks I've stuck to my prior success in losing weight. What I've done that has been successful:

(1) Eat about 1500 cal/day
Going below 1200 calories can slow down my metabolism and too many calories (depending on your BMR) can cause me to plateau or gain weight. My secret w...

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Me first...it is not a crime!


My secret, is no real secret at all, but common sense. My needs are just as important as my family's needs. My health and well being are valid decisions only I can make, and it actually improves how I perform duties for others.
I was once told by a Weight Watcher leader that wo...

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Eat All Day

I have found that skipping meals leads to no success, even weight gain. I eat 3 meals and 3 snacks each day and try to keep calorie intake around 1200 while losing.

My typical breakfast is a multi-grain eggo with 1 Tbsp. cream cheese and 1/2 cup watermelon, diced. Mid-morning, I choose from...

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you didn't get here overnight

We didn't get this way overnight so it will take time to put things right. Never give up, that's like saying your not worth it, and you are. To hell with what others think about you; it's what you think that matters. If you believe in yourself.
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