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The tried-and-true habits that have helped you lose weight the right way.

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Drink More Water

I used to HATE water! I just refused to drink it! I didn't care for the taste (or lack there of) and being from the South, I was a sweet tea girl all the way. But then I was introduced to fruit infused water.
I received a gift for Christmas that changed my life: a fruit-infused water bottle. I ha...

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It never gets easier, you only get stronger.

When I lost my first 100+ lbs in a year, I never made a plan, I never wrote down when I was going to eat, what i was going to eat or when i was going to work out. I just got out there and ran. Ate healthier and never looked back.

I focused more on acting now, and seeing results, than plannin...

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Setting a Budget


I grew up in poverty. Sure, we can turn out great, and find happiness, just like anyone else. But, let's face it, it makes physical life and intellectual life harder than it has to be.

The scarcity ...

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Small Habits make big changes

Make one or two new habits when you start. Make them achievable and sustainable for life. For example- I replaced soda with water (I don't count my glasses of water, however I have to drink more water than all other drinks in the day). When these habits are becoming natural, decide on another hab...

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Water and Weight Loss

Water is one of the most abundant and important substances in your body, making up 55-75 percent of your total bodyweight. Even the food you eat is roughly 70 percent water.

When we don't get enough water, bad things happen: a 10-percent reduction of water in your body can make you sick and a...

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Don't hide: step on that scale!

I have been on SP since 2013 and have tracked my weight since, and I can see that over the years in the intervals I did not regularly check and track my weight I would gain.

Reason for not tracking my weight in these "off track" weeks or even months is not wanting to know the truth and able ...

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Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day to Feel Full and Eat Less

To help with my weight loss efforts I have been working to drink more water each day, and also to cut soda from my diet and replace it with water as my drink of choice.

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day helps me stay hydrated and avoid overeating. I have read articles about how people c...

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Just be accountable

There are going to be times you'll struggle with cravings. I've found the word "never" to be too constrictive. It's not realistic. Don't be afraid to give in every great once in awhile (within reason, of course), but OWN IT! For instance, at my worst, it would be nothing for me to go to Burger King ...

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Can Vitamin D Help w/Weight Loss? by Lisa Lillen

There are a lot of rumors floating around about the link between vitamin D and weight loss. Researchers know that vitamin D, which is stored in the body’s fat cells and helps it absorb calcium and iron, plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight. And there are several theories as to how exactly it...

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Keto-tastic diets and my experience with Ideal Protein so far

If you have a problem feeling hungry, then cut your carbs. I know me, and nothing is worse than feeling like you're starving. I think that's why I'm still trying to lose the weight (just about 55 pounds when I started July 7, 2016 at my all time high of 190 pounds. I'm only 5 feet tall so I kind ...

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