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You Are Not Just a Number On the Scale

So many of us relate scale loss to weight loss success. I am a person whose scale does not move on a consistent basis but my inches do. I have chosen to only weigh in once a week, and measure myself once a month - my measurements are more reflective of my success than my weight!

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Hang in there

Don't give up, if you have a bad day there is always tomorrow. Just think how much better off you are than if you didn't try at all. A slow weight loss is sure better than a gain.

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Make Your Own Mulch and Soil Conditioner

Find a place N Ur yard that U can block with a hedge. Behing the hedge U can make your own mulch. U don't need a fancy machine nor will U have 2 buy any mulch after your first season. There is no fancy formula 2 remember, just 1/2 & 1/2: Half Green, half brown. Shredded newspaper & used paper N the

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Ease the Stress

Stress can cause us to want to give up, especially when it's caused by things going wrong. Take a few minutes to ease your stress: listen to music, read, walk, just relax. When you have less stress, it's easier to make good decisions.

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Goal-Setting

While I have the ultimate goal of losing a lot of pounds, I set smaller goals for myself each week. Some are related to my weight loss, some are about my daily exercise, but there are others as well, i.e. SparkPoints, eating in a healthy way. And don't forget the rewards!

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Keep a diaper handy

My kids are 17 and 23 but if you check my cleaning cupboard, you'll always see a small pack of diapers. I use them for major spills around the house. A diaper can suck a full glass of red wine from a white carpet without leaving a stain. It works quickly and easily and usually one does the job.

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i try to lve by this saying

the saying is pay yourself first i know it is hard to do but it is doable put it away and forget about it

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Turn it Down!

If you are like me, you pay more for hot water than cold, because you pay for the water and then to heat it. So when your water is too hot, turn down the hot water. When it is too cold, instead of increase the hot, decrease the cold!

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Eat Breakfast and Snacks!

Eating breakfast and small healthy snacks throughtout each day made a huge impact on my weight loss. I keep snacks at my desk, in the car, in my purse, on the shelves at home. I prepare snacks, lunch and sometimes breakfast the night before. That takes away any excuses (running late).

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Talk to yourself

I was recently challenged to write my affirmations and say them out loud a minimum of 3 times a day. It has made such a difference! My affirmations include a goal, things I want to see change in myself and things I'd like to sustain and/or remind myself of.

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