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LADYNIKAO84's Photo LADYNIKAO84 Posts: 81
12/17/09 11:41 A

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Small goals build huge confidence! I decided to start taking the stairs at work. I started this on Monday. Even though I'm only doing the 3 flights down OR up, and not both, I'm still very proud of myself for avoiding the elevator, even if it is just once! Eating 1 grapefruit a day has been a big success for me.

Keep water with you at all times. Starting this 8 cups of water a day thing has really increased my thirst. I'm up to 3 cups just while I'm at work during the day, and very thirsty when I wake up!

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SASSY_1985's Photo SASSY_1985 Posts: 359
12/13/09 10:57 A

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1. Always plan ahead! Take one hour every week to plan your menu and grocery list...it saves those "Ugh I don't know what to make" frustrations that result in pizza.

2. Have visual cues around you as much as possible. I have the word consistency in many places in my day to day life. It keeps me going.

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HIPPOMAGOOTER's Photo HIPPOMAGOOTER Posts: 2
12/13/09 7:40 A

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drinking water & eating fiber bars!

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SELMARZ Posts: 5
12/13/09 12:48 A

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eat dinner no later than 7 pm, and just water after.

make time to sleep, it really helps you lose weight, at least 7 hours per day.

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12/11/09 2:59 P

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1) Don't forget to take measurements as well as weight! Sometimes you lose inches before the weight comes off of the scale.

2) Cardio, cardio, cardio! It makes you "appear thinner and longer" according to my trainer. After 2 weeks of incorporating it I can already tell a big difference.

-- Devin


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TIGERJANE's Photo TIGERJANE Posts: 1,800
12/9/09 9:24 P

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1) Eating more protein makes me feel fuller, longer. Eggs, cottage cheese, turkey sandwich, minestrone soup, etc

2) Paying money. If I paid for an exercise class, I was more likely to go than if I just paid for a membership and it was up to me to go. Losing out on money was a great motivator on my blah days



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SOBERSUGARHED's Photo SOBERSUGARHED Posts: 250
12/9/09 1:31 P

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1) always carry emergency food.. i always have a luna bar in my purse or some almonds or grapes
2) when eating out try to look up the nutritional info online before you go so you have a plan and wont have to look at the menu...also it is shocking how many calories are in a lot of foods!

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KATIEWHOMPUS's Photo KATIEWHOMPUS Posts: 782
12/9/09 10:38 A

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Good call on the water bottle. Also have extras in the fridge. I tend to just want something easy to drink and in my mind its easier to grab something out of the fridge than get a cup, fill it with ice, fill it with water, keep the cat from drinking it...
If you have bottles in the fridge you grab those instead of sugary drinks.

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ARMONIA's Photo ARMONIA Posts: 2,177
12/9/09 10:36 A

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1) Carry a water bottle! If you struggle to drink water (instead of diet coke like me!) having it at hand and setting goals (I will drink this before class/show/chapter is over)makes it a lot easier.

2) Feel Powerful! Keep looking at your accomplishments and feeling pride in what you do. Can you run faster? Run at all? Lift more weight? Finally wearing out those exercise clothes? You are awesome!

Maureen


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KATIEWHOMPUS's Photo KATIEWHOMPUS Posts: 782
12/4/09 11:20 A

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1) Multi-tasking work outs with daily chores. At work I make an effort to keep my abs engaged throughout the day while sitting at my desk. At home I will do brief cardio (jumping jacks, run in place, etc) while using the microwave. If I bake things I toss in the Shred or do a 20 minute workout while it cooks.

2) Weigh in weekly or monthly instead of daily. I defeat myself really easily when I don't see instant improvement, so weekly or monthly weigh-ins keep me motivated and going strong.

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RYKEE87's Photo RYKEE87 Posts: 2
12/3/09 9:47 P

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1. if you are in school and have a lot of studying and are not sure if you can juggle exercise with it, try studying on the stationary bike! i sit there for 45 minutes and study and then take 15 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill.

2. always carry a baggy of almonds or cashews. great source of protein and just a few can hold you over until your next meal!

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NKHARRIS329's Photo NKHARRIS329 Posts: 659
11/30/09 10:15 A

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1 Keep things flowing with fluids and fiber. Everyone knows the benefits of proper hydration so I won't go into that; however, making sure your diet is high in fiber is often overlooked. Fiber is critical to good digestion, and helps with weight loss. The average adult needs 25-30g a day. If you find your diet lacking in fiber Benefiber is great. Once fully dissolved you would never know it was there (believe me I was paranoid about trying it for the first time, you really can't taste it).

#2 Avoid working efficiently. When you put away laundry you probably take the load out of the dryer fold it all, and carry it in batches to wherever it belongs. Well rather than doing that stand in front of the dryer, do a squat, take one thing out of the dryer and fold it. Take a couple of items at a time to go put them away. The point is to expend more energy in your day to day tasks. Using more energy = burning more calories. Burning more calories = more weight loss. It is very simple, but often overlooked.

"Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Gandhi


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LLING_12 Posts: 30
11/30/09 3:44 A

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1, avoid emotional eating

2, be more active

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MARY_YUM_YUM1 Posts: 40
11/30/09 1:23 A

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GREAT post! First I'd say Kashi cereal, the GOlean original is my fav, it's got somethin' like 10g of fiber & protein. I usually have 1/2 cup with some nonfat vanilla yogurt & nonfat milk... sounds crazy but a tsp of pb on the side for a taste with every bite- yuuuum! tastes like dessert! hehe! very filling & deee~lish.
Second, I'm a big fan of loads of water as well, esp before eating- kills cravings & overeating. I also do green tea.
Okay one more... I do a piece of fruit before every meal & always include protein. (1/2 grapefruit in the morning, banana before snack, orange before lunch, small apple before dinner) And I keep it under around 1300 cal, so most of my carbs come from fruit & veggies and I don't crave sugary foods or desserts, etc.
God bless you in your journey! : )

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JEGRANT's Photo JEGRANT Posts: 800
11/29/09 9:36 P

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1- Track everything you eat, even if it's a cheat day. I find this helps the most. When I have a bad eating day and I track it, sometimes I am shocked by the calories/fat etc in some foods. I might feel bad at the time, but it motivates me to keep eating healthy! Tracking also helps me see what nutrients etc that I am lacking, in order to help me plan better meals etc.

2- Don't completely give up the foods you like, but eat them in moderation. I am a snacker, which is probably one of my downfalls. But I have replaced my bad snacking habits with healthier alternatives (for example, 100 calorie snacks), and I find this helps a lot.

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MULVA29's Photo MULVA29 Posts: 7
11/29/09 4:52 P

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1 - If you drink coffee, make it at home to avoid temptations like donuts, croissants and muffins. I found a great coffee and got a new, nice travel mug - it's made a big difference for me!

2 - Read inspirational articles, stories, magazines, books, etc. They will remind you why it's all worth it, even if you stumble along the way.

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DR_ACULA's Photo DR_ACULA Posts: 107
11/29/09 11:18 A

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I would say drinking LOTS of water. It ensures that you're hydrated and that you're never eating because you're thirsty. Water is very important for me and weight loss.

I also think eggs really help me with weight loss. They make me fuller for longer. I like to use an english muffin (8 grams of fiber), make an over-hard egg and use fat free borden cheese. My favorite lunch and definitely makes me feel satisfied and not overeat.

Aimee


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LOVEOSHUN's Photo LOVEOSHUN Posts: 30
11/28/09 4:00 P

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i also think i could also get engrossed during a rugby match while excercising, especially if any of these players were good looking.

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11/28/09 3:58 P

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i too enjoy the special diet sodas. my favorite is diet vanilla pepsi, in fact if i am walking a certain way around town then i know where a soda machine is that has them and i'll go in there just for that. also i don't take benefiber regularly but i don't think there is any shame in taking fiber supplements. i got a box of the splenda packets with fiber and i like them. because i love to drink coffee so i might as well get some fiber while i am at it! i joined the team living binge free, and someone started a nice thread that is tips on concious eating, you'll see it if you go, i think it is worth anyone checking out. i started a notebook (again i usually have one) and was thinking about going there and writing all of them down. like studying for a test rewriting things helps me utilize them better.

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11/28/09 1:15 P

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Distraction distraction distraction

Try and do something else while you are exercising! Something you enjoy like today I got in a great session at the gym while watching a rugby match, by getting caught up in the game I didn't notice how much I had done or how long I was there...11km later and less pain than normal!



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US3ANNES's Photo US3ANNES Posts: 17
11/28/09 11:18 A

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#1-jollytime fat free popcorn-I can eat the whole bag and it's low calorie and I can stretch it out for like 3 hours so I feel like i've been eating all day!!!
#2-benefiber!!-this is silly but I have pooping issues lol!! yes I said it!!! So I started taking benefiber and it's helped in more ways than 1!! I'm more regular (btw i'm 25years old, not a 80 like it sounds) and I feel fuller cuz of all the fiber im getting!!
#3-(I know I said 2 but this is a bonus)-diet cherry pepsi...calorie free and deliciouse!!! somday I'll get off pop but for today! it works!

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US3ANNES's Photo US3ANNES Posts: 17
11/28/09 11:13 A

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Ok everyone list their 2 best tips to others trying to loose weight. It can be a food you discovered, a motivation you've found, or somthing you've found to trick the system!!

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