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

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Work for a treat

If I want to eat when I am watching tv or want a special treat still within my calorie range or close to being out of it, I make myself do 25 crunches before I have it. That way I don't feel so bad about my treats.

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Salad Dressing

When ordering a salad always have the dressing on the side.
Dip your fork in the dressing first then in the salad, the last thing to cross your lips will be the dressing cutting down on the amount you use.

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get your water in

The way I make sure I get enough water in each day is to take my water bottle with me in the car wherever I go. I get bored in the car so I drink my water.

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Get Busy

If you think you are hungry just drink a glass of water and get busy doing something. If it's real hunger it won't go away if it's just I want to eat something you'll forget about it.

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Client meetings

It is very difficult to meet clients and maintain a healthy eating schedule and habits but just eat less and try to stick to the least fatty offerings on the menu

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Sugar - free Bubbly treat

Low-cal guilt-free pop substitute!
glass of cold club soda or Perrier
squeeze in half a lemon(or combination of citrus fruit)
Powdered Stevia(to taste, you won't need much it's very concentrated - purchase at health food store)
ice cubes(optional)

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DRINK WATER!

Drinking a tall glass of water when you think you're hungry or just want to eat will make you feel full and you'll soon forget about snacking! Try it!

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Buddy Up!

My sister and I started a support group at our church. We meet once a week and share ideas. My sister talks about nutrition and I demonstrate exercises that can be done by anyone, anytime. At the end of the meeting, we choose buddy and take walk in the parking lot. It's been a great success.

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There Are No Mysteries

There are no huge mysteries to weight gain or loss. Everything comes down to calories ingested and calories burned. And Spark can help you solve any apparent mysteries, as long as you keep using the trackers faithfully.

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Do SOMETHING every day!

Schedule some kind of exercise every single day.. even if it is 10 minutes. I have been doing that for 6 weeks now and exercise is now not an option for me. Even if I am so busy and can come up with a million excuses, I make sure I get SOMETHING in! It will eventually not be an option!

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