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

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Dining Out

When ordering a salad, instead of pouring the dressing over the salad, I dip the salad in the dressing. This saves calories especially if you're a Ranch dressing fan!!!

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

If I leave things like pretzels, breakfast cereal, or any other snack stuff out where I can see it later, I usually end up snacking on it several times throughout the day. If I put it away quickly, I don't.

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CUT THE SUGAR WITH WATER

ALL JUICES HAVE TOO MUCH SUGAR.. SO INSTEAD DRINKING ORANGE, APPLE OR CRAWNBERRIE JUICE MIX THEM WIT WATER... IN A GLASS I PUT 1/4 OF JUICE AND THE REST IS WATER..

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EXERCISE

I FOUND OUT THAT EVEN THOUGH I HURT MY BACK I COULD STILL DO MY WALKING EVEN IF IT WAS SLOWER AND STILL LOOSE WEIGHT. I LOST 2 POUNDS THIS WEEK.

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Use Step Counter and lots of water

Get at least 10,000 steps in per day, drink at least 8 glasses of water, and instead of sitting around on this site, get out and do things, or get a physically demanding job. Make sure you eat right by using the guide on this site.

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weighing myself

I don't weigh myself unless I have gone potty and walked and worked out first.

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snack cravings

Chew Cinnamon Gum between meals when you want to snack on less healthy foods

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Water

I find if I Drink an 8 ounce glass of water 5-10 minutes before I eat. it Helps ward off over eating. And gives me a chance to think if I am really hungry or just thirsty.

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WATER

When pregnant, I drank 1 gallon of water a day. I was heavy when I found out about baby 1, drank around a gallon a day, gained 14 pounds, and then lost 35. Maintained it and got pregnant 18 months later. Drank tons, gained 22, then lost 23. So ladies, when pregnant, that water thing really can work!

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Pasta Portions

Measured out 2 oz. (8 servings) of pasta from all of my 16-0z. pasta boxes. Tied spaghetti, linguine in bunches using twist-ties; put penne, elbows, bowties in snack-size baggies; placed them back in their boxes. Now I have perfectly portioned 200-calorie servings of pasta ready at anytime I need!

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