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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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Watch Word

I have chosen the word "Choices" to think of every time I need to make a decision on food and exercise. I always have a choice and those choices have consequences. Good or bad, the choice is mine.

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DIET is a Four Letter Word

The key to weightloss is NOT a diet. Self-worth + positive self-talk = attitude changes = permanent healthy lifestyle changes. Our behaviors reflect how we feel inside, which in turn is reflected in our outside appearance. Learn to think positive, be positive, react positive & see positive results

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Eat Less, More Often

Incorporate 2 or 3 snacks in your day. If I go more than 3 hours without eating something, I tend to overeat during my next meal. Don't let yourself get to the starving point! I have my snacks about 1 hour before lunch, 1 hour befor dinner and about 2 hours after dinner.

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"new" clothes

When you haven't reached your goal weight but need to buy clothes that fit during your weight loss journey, try finding a good consignment/second hand store. You can get nice clothes for less and can save your money to buy new things when you reach your ultimate goal!

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Don't eat, paint your nails!!

If you are hankering for a naughty snack and really shouldn't, a lot of times I'll start painting my nails! Not only does it keep you busy, but you can't do ANYTHING with wet nails! (Plus it makes them pretty!)

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food trick

try to eat the larger calorie meals in the start of your day and don't eat in the 3 hours before you go to bed

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Tell everyone

Everytime I have started to diet, I have told everyone at work. After they realize that I'm serious, they don't even offer me anything to eat because I tell them I am counting every single calorie. They all know I will do it and they know I will always say no .

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Weight loss can be fun if you Play!

Play with your pets or your kids. Both can be incredibly energetic and can get you moving. Walk the dog or play with your kitten. Play catch or tag with your kids. If you have a younger dog, playing fetch can really get you moving by chasing and trying to get the ball or frisbee from him. If you h

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Mini goals

ALWAYS have a weekly goal! It is harder to put it off if your goal is weekly rather than long term. Whether 3# or 8 glasses of water daily, those mini-goals will lead to long term success!

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Walk for food

Take a walk early in the morning before breakfast. It will allow you to clear your mind and think about the reason your walking and help you not overindulge for the rest of the day!!

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