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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Whole Chicken

I buy whole fryers when they are on sale and skin them, cut them up and freeze the pieces individually.

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Uninterrupted Quiet Time

Every morning before I go to work (no exceptions), I make tea, light an incense stick, sit at my little self made altar, and I focus on my breathing, read inspirational literature, and write. This has made a huge difference in my life. No matter what kind of anxiety I wake up with, I always feel re...

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Cherish the little victories

As I was gaining weight I didn't pay attention to loosing the ability to some things comfortably. When did I stop being able to sit cross legged? When did running become such a chore? Where did my toes go? How did I not notice that gaining weight was taking away my ability to do things I used to ...

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My Doggies' walk

Walking with my two dogs and my music brings me the greatest pleasure. I let them off the leash when no one is around and watch them run and leap just like they're little puppies. They're not, both 13 years old, think they're great hunters. They're not. I can see a deer a few feet in front of me and...

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Keep Coming Back

When I get off the program, stop my tracking and lose my motivation- I just keep coming back to it, starting over if need be. I am stubborn, I'll just keep coming back to it, over and over if need be, until I get things right. I have to persist, until I am able to truly be consistent and reliable. ...

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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.



(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

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Room-temp water

Of all of the tips I learned while losing weight, drinking my water at room temp was the most life-changing for me! I had been sipping my cold water all day until I discovered (learned from a seasoned dieter) that if I drink my water at room temp I could gulp it down in seconds. 2 litres of water ...

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Login to SparkPeople

After having a couple of days of not logging in, I realized that rather than looking at logging in SP as a big task or something that requires a lot of time/effort just treat it like maybe your Facebook or email. When you check your emails, do a quick login to SP, blog/post/browse/read as per your c...

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Not giving in, Not giving up!

There is always room for improvement, so once you have reached one goal, that doesn't mean you should stop there, we should be continually be making goals and setting standards for ourselves. Prayer is powerful, and i believe we cannot do anything on our own strength but through the power of God thr...

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One Day at a Time

"The only thing that is instant in life is coffee."

Everything takes time, remember that. Don't beat yourself up if the scale doesn't budge this week. This is a journey, not a race :)

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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.

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