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

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Have patience

I have finally realized weight doesn't come off as fast as you hope BUT it does come off. Don't sabotage your weight lose if you don't lose anything for one even 2 weeks. It will turn around and come off! I know.

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Put the Scale Away

Weighing yourself everyday can get very discouraging. Put the scale away and only get it out on weigh in day ( my day is Friday). It is so motivating to see the needle drop on the scale!

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Water Tracker

I use a glass that is a pint jar with a handle. That way, I know that I have had a two cups of water when I finish it. Four or more of those a day, and I have made my goal. No more plastic water bottles.

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Put Stuff in the Way

I put my weights and mat between the living room and the kitchen. If I'm headed towards the kitchen, I see the weights and mat and do 10 minutes of something besides eating -- sun salutations is my favorite. Often I forget I was hungry.

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It's OK to Feel a Little Hungry

It's ok to feel a little hungry, a Dr. told me in 1959. That may be ok to eat healthy and be a little hungry. I read on Dr. Oz something about being 80% full, I think. Check out that data and feel proud you eat well but less.

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almonds

When I feel really hungry but fast food is the only option I grab about 10 almonds for a snack. The protein and fiber from the nuts takes away the hunger and keeps it away longer than a candy bar.

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water

I feel much less hunger when I stay hydrated. If I need more taste than plain water there are flavor packets which also have vitamins added or just plain lemon or lime juice - most restaurants that serve tea have packets of lemon on the condiment stand

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Food Cutoff Time

I find that having a certain cutoff time that you stop eating for the night... works for me. It takes getting used to at first but once you do, you will be glad you did.

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lemon water

in your water put a lemon or lemon juice. it might taste sour buts it is worth it. the acid breaks down food faster.

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EATING OUT

KEEP IT TO A BARE MINIMUM!

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