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

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Eliminate cravings for trigger foods

Hold tempting trigger food close to your face and smell deeply for 60 seconds. Your olfactory system will stop responding to the scent resulting in a decrease in the craving. Repeated over time the trigger will lose it's control.

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When in a rut, start over!

When you get in rut, throw out all your habits away and start from scratch again.

For example, I found myself struggling so I threw out the habit of weighing myself everyday, and started to weigh myself every 10 days. It allowed me to focus on other things besides the number.

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journal foods & exercise

I journal all foods that I eat for success. I also journal my exercise. This is how I keep track of my foods and my exercise. It is truly amazing how much less I snack and how every step and movement adds up to exercise!! Give it a try for a week and see the fesults!

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Three Questions

Answer these three questions on days you don't feel like following a plan.
1. What do you want?
2. What are you doing?
3. Is what you are doing going to get you what you want?
If you answer these questions honestly with you gaol in mind... you'll get moving...

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Brush Your Teeth

Brush your teeth after dinner to keep from eating late night snacks.

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Strawberries

I tend to snack a lot. Most things that I like to snack on (chocolate) just cause me to want to snack more. However, if I keep unwashed, fresh strawberries on my desk, then I get a break from my routine when I wash the strawberry, and the one strawberry satisfies my craving with less than 10 cals!

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Calories Divided by 7

I know this site forces you to keep count of your daily calories. Instead of getting upset for going over or under wait till the end of the week and add all the days up then divide the number by 7 to get you weekly average you just might see that you were right on track.

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Go Back To Square One

If you're stuck in a rut, go back to the first week you started your lifestyle changes. I find that remembering what I did those first 7 days often gives me a boost of self confidence-- because you know it works, you know you can do it, you just need to remember how!

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Little Goals Are Just As Good!

I've learned that setting smaller goals for smaller weight loss in smaller periods of times makes me feel a lot better than one stretching over months. Let yourself see those little steps as they come and when they finally add up to the big one, that is your best reward!

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Water

I've found that making sure I consume enough water is an incredible help, as long as I keep hydrated I'm less likely to snack out of confusing thirst for hunger.

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