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Taking off the mask.

Hit the re-start button a month ago. But, this is a different feeling this go around. I dropped the pretentions of being able to conquer these bad habits of poor food choices and why I make the emotional choices. I decided to take the mask off and ask for help. I googled how to stop cravings for...

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Tracking Before Rather than After

Tracking meals in advance helps me stay on target. I make better decisions by selecting what to eat BEFORE I am hungry, and am less prone to cravings. The best part is that I don't have to feel guilty about indulging in a glass of wine with dinner since I've already planned ahead for it! I do thi...

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Not a secret

Water. I started working out and water is the key. no if ands or buts about it half your bodies weight or more water water water

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Charts

measure your weight and body size. You can look at the charts to see where your body resists change and understand those will be your trouble spots. Your body will want to stay that weight or return to that weight. The charts help you understand your body.

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If it has been a bad day, create a healthy plan for the rest of the day, now..Don't wait

It's easy to let the whole day slide if part of the day's been bad. If you've had a bad spell, get up and figure out all the healthy actions you're going to take the rest of the day and put the bad part of the day behind you.

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Set a reminder to create a habit of tracking

I used the alarm function on my phone to remind me a few times per day (specific to each day of the week) to track my food & exercise. After a while I only remind myself with my wake up alarm. When I get off track, I go back on the reminders. It's like a nagging mother!

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Track every bite

Today I tracked a marshmallow. A single little marshmallow that I carelessly popped in my mouth. It is easy to leave little things like that off. Track every bite and nibble. The more aware, the more accountable, the easier it is to change.

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Every Day is Day One

Any time I messed up when working towards a goal, it was too easy to quit. "Well, I already failed, one more soda won't make much difference." Now I remind myself, "Every day is day one." Had a soda yesterday? Today is day one. Today I can keep trying.

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Something that works for me

I am a picky eater and horrible at being consistent about working out. So I've began to walk or do some type of exercises when I get munchy.

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Secrets

I am just getting started in SP, and I love it, this kourney I know will not be as hard as I originally thought

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