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Chew Gum

when I have cravings for for something bad are I am on a snack attack I chew gum, really strong gum like cinnamon, icy blast anything lol. Pretty quickly its stops my craving.

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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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Just Walk Away

I've set myself up with comfortable shoes and a coat for every weather. This lets me be successful in my emotional eating avoidance strategy.

When I want to stand in the kitchen and nibble I walk away to a different part of the house. If I find my self headed to my chair in front of the TV w...

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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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My SparkSummary Calendar

I was just told about this feature and it rocks. It tracks your daily calories, fitness minutes & SparkPoints. You can look back at a week or a month and see how you made out. You get gold stars on the days you made your calorie target. Now I want to count gold stars and maybe make them a goal!

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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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Measure and Package

I like to pre-wash and measure my veggies and fruits...then I measure out the proper portion and package each portion in zip-lock baggies and keep them on an eye-level shelf in the refrigerator. I do the same thing for snacks..like chips, nuts, and seeds. I use the handy little snack-sized baggies...

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Getting in extra steps

I am old and over-weight and slightly crippled; it is hard for me to walk much at a time. However, giving thanks to God for every step I take, I get in extra steps by walking around the house while I am waiting for the microwave or other things in the kitchen. Initially my goal was to walk 500 step...

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TV Time Out

I try to exercise during commercials (which I hate). I keep my dumbbells and resistance band right by my chair and pick them up and use them.

I do one to three sets during each commercial break combined with walking through my house (1 circuit = 80 steps). If I do that 10 times in an hour, t...

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Trust The Lord

I have found that I am not in this alone, God is here helping me, He wants me to live! I must help Him by making good choices everyday, if I fall at anytime, He is there to encourage me to get back up and move on.
I have always thought I was okay the way I am, until I saw my mother going throug...

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