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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Pre-pack your dry snacks

Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!

You can also fit a serving of nuts into a plastic Easter egg!

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Getting your water on

An easy way to drink 8 glasses of water a day is to get a tall glass which holds 500 ml or 16 floz. Drink one when you wake up in the morning, another before lunch, again before dinner. Thats 6 down, just two more to go throughout the day and whilee exercising and your done.

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Track something

Set yourself up for success by tracking something. It is OK to start slowly. It builds habits.

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Do a little more

I always try to do just a little more than before... in everything. Examples: I used to brush my teeth leaning on the counter. One day, I made a conscious decision to remain standing upright, the next day I started moving my feet while I brushed. When I'm working out on the treadmill, I try to st...

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Find Your Passion

If you want to stick with an exercise plan, my advice to you is find something that you are passionate about. It may take you a while to find it, but I guarantee you will find it. I never exercised on a regular basis as an adult. I started swimming. Got up to 70 laps a day. But I didn't enjoy i...

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Put Yourself First!

Start a daily "to do" list and make sure you are in the top three spots. The sooner you start out this way, the easier it will become to start putting yourself first, without feeling guilty. Make exercise a top priority, as well as preparing your healthy snacks or meals for the day. Women especial...

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Plan Ahead!

"Failure to plan is a plan for failure"- Unknown

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Track everything

The tracking tools (food/exercise) are truly for your benefit. It helps reveal personal pitfalls and highlights areas that you really need to focus on. If you track everything, the truth of your past failures will ultimately reveal themselves. It's up to you whether you "avoid" the truth or take ...

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Start with small goals.

I like to start with a few small goals.....like drinking more water, no soda, increasing fruits/veg's. In the past I have put too much focus on the number on the scale and let unrealistic goals defeat my initial enthusiasm. I did not gain all this weight in a few weeks or months.

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NOW!

When you are planning on starting a new routine or you are going to restart a routine that got "blown out of the water"... do it NOW! don't wait for Monday or tomorrow morning or the beginning of the month. Start where you have the idea... that's the time when the motivation is the strongest and you...

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