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

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Pick a day for planning and LOVE your reusable containers

Portion control they say is the way to go. Well I have designated Sundays (my only day off) to make meals and designate portions in advance. I love the little ziplock or glad containers - I portion out for example 1/4 chix breast, 1 cup of brown rice or whole grains, and a side of green veggies.

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Drink Civilized!

Everyone, myself included lug around their water bottles, and I rarely see anyone take a sip. So while at work, I bought myself a nice stemmed glass, and pour my ice cold water into the glass. Makes me feel like drinking it and seems much more manageable. Being cold adds to calorie loss!

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Foods that are already portioned!!!

When I first started the program I found it easier to count calories by using foods that are pre-portioned. Like applesauce in the cups, brown rice in the cups, lean cuisine panini as a treat for lunch and to keep peace with my husband I eat low calorie foods he prepares, but in a salad plate.

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baseball game

Went to Tiger baseball game. I knew there would be nachos, hot dogs, chips, ice cream snacks. So I brought honey baked wheat pretzels, bottled water and cut up applies, My wt. stayed about the same. YeaH!!!!!!!!!!!! it worked.!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Plan on a snack or two

Did you know you can customize your meals on your Nutritional Tracker - and create other meals? I created a morrning snack and an evening snack. That way, I plan for them, and I never get the munchies!

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medicine and water

I got really excited tonight when I had an "aha" moment. I take a number of pills each night and usually take them all in one big swallow of water. Tonight I took them individually and consumed 2 cups of water...woo hoo.

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Watch What You Eat.

If you don't like it...Don't Eat It!!!! Why waste precious calories on stuff that you really don't like. Think like a child and eat only what you like. It won't kill you to leave something on your plate because it's nasty.

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Sticky Situations

When I'm in a food situation that seems impossible to stay focused on my healthy diet--parties!--I keep reminding myself that the party will be over in just a couple of hours, and I can leave feeling really good, or leave feeling bad...Knowing the temptation will be over soon helps me stay on track!

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How do you Measure your Success?

By reaching your goal? By maintaining your goal weight? Success is simply always striving to be better and make better decisions. We will ultimately be at different levels of success from each other, but we are all successful when we refuse to give up! As long as we attempt something we are success...

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Drink Water Before A Meal/Snack

This is hard for me but I try to drink water before I eat any meals or snacks. I eat a lot less by doing this.

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