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Increase by increments

Instead of trying to jump my cardio, I set goals for myself of increasing by a small percentage over a period of time to let it become ingrained. This prevents me from hurting myself by straining something which has been a real issue for me since I started out to get healthy.

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Start small and build on successes.

Half a sandwich instead of a whole one, one cookie instead of two, little adjustments that don't totally deny you what you want, but make a difference in your overall caloric intake. Over time, the progress you make with small changes will inspire larger ones and build your forward momentum!

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Keep your hands busy!

To keep mindless snacking in check, find a good fidget. For example, I knit, so I keep small knitting projects by my computer, the TV, by my desk at work, etc. That way, I have something to do during downtime and I'm less likely to go find food.

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h20 - Drink TONS of water

Water, Water and oh yeah.. WATER!!! I could have picked a bunch of categories for this because it helps in so many areas. Drink water. Lots and lots of it. 64 ounces is a MINIMUM.

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50/15

ok so my secret is no secret! I use SP and I am focusing on a new way to break through my plateaus: no more than 50g of carbs daily amd at least 15 min of intense exercise daily!!

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EAT PLENTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

I eat a lot of fruits and vegetabnles

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Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

three fruits a day and six servings of vegetables will keep you healthy.

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Pack your own

I pack my lunch bag for a work day of healthy food. I eat my breakfast at home, but I pack my snacks and lunch to make sure I eat healthy. Snacks (in the 100 cal snack bags) include grapes, pretzels, special k bars; and a Weight Watchers meal for lunch. I graze on healthy stuff all day. No guilt.

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Salad Ready-Made

I have discovered that if I make a salad for 10, eat as much as I want, and store the rest in the fridge, I snack on junk less. Having a prepared salad in the fridge makes it easy for me to choose the veggies over the salty/crunchy food I'm craving... grated cabbage in the salad helps!

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Eat only what tastes good!

I try to make sure that everything I eat is enjoyable and tastes good. If it doesn't I put it aside. For me this reinforces my "choosing" and puts me in control of my food rather than the other way around. Imagine--even things like cookies may not be up to my taste standards

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