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Weight Loss Secrets

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

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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Allow yourself a treat!

I have a sweet tooth. In the past I foundf that it was really easy for me to fall of the wagon so to speak and engorge myself with sweets. Now, 60lbs lighter, and much healthier, I find that if I allow myself one guilty pleasure (in moderation of course!) over the weekend, it is ok!

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Brush Your Teerth

When I've eaten my calories for the day I brush my teeth. I'm less likely to grab an extra snack when I have already cleaned my teeth. Bonus -- mouth is minty fresh and water is extra refreshing.

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Snacking Mindlessly

Everytime I go to have a impulse snack I make myself wait 10 minutes to see if I really want it. In the mean time I drink a glass of water. If I watching the clock like crazy I know I want it but if I go back to what I'm doing and forget for awhile I know I don't really want or need it.

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Using the nutrition tracker

The nutrition tracker has been the biggest help with my weight loss. Now I am only a few pounds from my goal. When I am away from my computer, I still keeptrack on what I've eaten and record when I can. On vacation I tracked everything in an accounting book, using a calorie counting book.

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Gardening

I don't always find time for a defined workout, but I do a lot of gardening, so I try to make that into a mini workout, I do a lot of bending and lifting and stretching and try to maximize those movements to get a benefit. If one works at it you can really work up a sweat!

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Getting enough water each day

Sometimes it is hard to drink 8 glasses or more of water a day. What helped me is the New Ocean Spray mixes you add into your water, they have 5 calories but I only add them twice a day. I love the Blueberry Lemonade and the Cran-Pomegranate. Plus so much better then my old diet soda habit.

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Walk to water--increasi
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step count

I only fill up my water bottle 8 oz at a time. When it's time to refill, I go to the water tap that's farthest from my desk at work. It's an easy way to add to your total step count for the day!

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Creating a Custom Goal ti Tracking W8 Watchers Points

Would you like to track points. On your Start Page, using the Quick Track Option, you can create a custom goal.

Select ADD custom goal
Create Goal Text (i.e., 22 W8W points)
Select Goal Type ("Tick Up/Down")
Enter Target # of points (i.e., 22)
How Often, select 1x per Day

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Taking Our Eyes Off The Scale

We often view our weightloss success by the reading on the scale. We need to remember that weightloss is not to be our ultimate goal, but the end result of a healthy lifestyle. Weightloss will come once we begin developing healthier habits.

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