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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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Water Before Meals

Before each meal drink a full glass of water or more if you can. It helps me feel full and reduces my urge to snack especially if I drink while I'm preparing a meal.

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Dancing to the 70s & 80s

I absolutely HATE structured aerobic exercise, but turn on Music Choice 70s or 80s or any of my own music from those eras, and I can dance the day AND the night away.

In my younger days, my friend Lisa and I would go to dance clubs like Studebakers and never leave the dance flo...

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Acidic foods slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream

The body breaks down different carbohydrates at varying rates. We want to eat carbohydrates that take the body a long time to break down and to digest. Understanding the digestion process of different foods can help you make better food selections. There are many ways to do this; below I have desc...

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Schedule multiple workout times

I schedule exercise for 7 days a week. If I were to only schedule 5 days, I would never make 7 - but by scheduling 7, I will most times make 7 and rarely less than 6.

That's the principal behind my scheduling 3 workout times per day. I may not make all 3, but I will rarely skip all 3, so I ...

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Use the New Daily Planner 4 Motivation

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Add motivation to your new daily planner - I created several 'tasks' that are simply phrases to keep my goals in front of me -- phrases like 'don't quit' and 'become the woman you want to be', 'keep going' and 'no ex...

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Not a real secret

Keeping a journal is so not a secret, but I find that when I do it, I really can control my weight - however it needs control. I was very ill a year or so ago and losing weight without trying which was scary after my years of maintenance. I started keeping the journal for the first time to be sure I...

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A fitness partner

I couldn't have gone on this journey alone. My boyfriend has been by my side through this journey and keeps me motivated. We go to the gym 5 days a week and take a class together. I don't think I could go to the gym and just get on a machine for 45 minutes, that is so boring. I love our classes, yog...

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unplanned exercise my friend

I love it when I get more exercise in an unplanned way. These things used to be annoying, messes that require extra steps and effort, Digging my car out from a big snow storm, even extra toe touches picking up after my granddaughter and dogs. During the spring, summer, an...

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Ritual Habits Working for Me

I once had a habit of flossing and brushing right after supper to keep me from night eating. It got old very fast. Then I remembered that when I was weaning my son, I used to walk down to the end of our driveway where we had a Buddha statue with a cup. My boy would get out of his stroller and pour r...

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Ritual Habits Working for Me

I once had a habit of flossing and brushing right after supper to keep me from night eating. It got old very fast. Then I remembered that when I was weaning my son, I used to walk down to the end of our driveway where we had a Buddha statue with a cup. My boy would get out of his stroller and pour r...

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Satisfy a craving in small dose

Saying no forever to pastry and sweets was never in my game plan. Trying to do this would be unrealistic and a road to failure and desaster. Most of my trips into binging were after denying a craving until I can't resist anymore and then eating a full truck of it.

There was a important need t...

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