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

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Protein Shakes

I keep a few low-carb protein shakes on hand (15-20 g protein; no more than 150 calories) -- and the whey protein powder to mix in the blender (cheaper). I use these when I know I'm about to get hungry and have to grab something quick.

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Losing Weight - A commitment I made to myself

My goal is to lose 15 pounds. Days go by, and I feel disappointed in myself with little change. So instead of focusing on 15 pounds, I started focusing on losing 2 to 5 pounds in two weeks. That is very reasonable, and I have that, I CAN DO IT attitude!

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water

the more water you drink the more you loss..i drink about 100 oz to 128 oz a day...

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Food Swaps

The Eat This Not That books are very eye opening of the nutrient and calories in many pre-packaged foods. They compare common foods to help you make better choices.

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don't starve yourself of things you crave

if you hold back on things you want, like something sweet, it might make you feel down and then in turn you will eat more to satisfy your craving, but if you allow yourself a chunk of chocolate just to satisfy then you will not over eat.

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waiting a few minutes

i learned that when i want to eat something like a candy or a piece of pizza; if i wait 20-30 minutes then sometimes (not always! LOL!) i change my mind. during that time i might grab a yogurt or a crunchy apple while i think about it!

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Write it down

Whenever I flounder, I always return to journaling my food. Every morsel that goes into my mouth is either measured and recorded, or guestimated to my best ability. While it takes some effort to do this, it brings awareness to what I am eating. Always helps drop the pounds! Always.

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Satisfy Cravings

When you have a craving, figure out the least caloric, smallest portion to satisfy it. Chocolate: Will a sugar free hot chocolate satisfy? a chocolate pudding cup? a Weight Watcher 1 point bar? or 1 Dove promise? Lasagna: SparkRecipe? Smart One lasagna? 1/4 restaurant portion with large salad?

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Photo

I post a photo of myself at the weight I'd like to be, as an inspiration to reach my goal.

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Walk and Talk!

Instead of sitting on my behind when I'm on a long phone call I use that opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: I walk outside doing laps around the yard or if I'm on my cell phone I walk around the block a few times. It's amazing how fast an hour of walking goes when you're talking!

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