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

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Snacking can help!

I make sure not to get too hungry by enjoying healthy snacks. It helps to carry snacks at all times so that you always have a healthy alternative.

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Be more 'gooder' than 'badder"

When I am in a situation where I am faced with less than ideal food choices, I stop and think and pick something that is more 'gooder' than 'badder". And I don't beat myself up afterwards for not being perfect.

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Knitting takes two hands

When I sit down to watch tv or a movie I knit so I cannot snack! It is a hassle to stop in the middle of a row or in a pattern so it often isn't worth it just for what the boys are munching on.

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Eating out

I eat out all the time so its hard to follow a diet regimen so I began eating healthy before I left the house so I would not be as hungry at the restaurant and only order side orders to get full. Has helped me so far, its also more financially beneficial.

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Chew Gum

I am notorious for eating as I cook, especially during the evening when I am cooking for my family. To keep me from pinching here and tasting there, I chew on sugarless gum to keep my mouth busy. I also chew gum throughout the day to curb my appetite.

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Carry your lost weight

When you loss weight, lets say 10 lbs. Get a 10 lb bag of potatoes and carry it around with you. You'll see what a 10 lb loss feels like.

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Do a Quick Set of Exercises Before you Eat Anything

Before I let myself eat anything, meal or snack, I make myself do 12-15 reps of some exercise (situps, bicep curls, etc.). It helps me stop grazing by giving me a few seconds to think if I really want the food, and burns a few extra calories even if I do!

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

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Sure way to not over-eat

When you know you are full but want to keep eating anyway take salt, ketchup or even water and smother your food in it. Make it so nasty you couldn't stand to eat anymore.

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ACCOUNTABILITY

Count those calories. Accountablility counts! If you see what you honestly consume, it is easier to make needed changes!

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