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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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10K Steps Before Bed

I wear a pedometer everyday and no matter what I don't go to bed until I've reached 10K steps. I check at dinner time and most often I have 3k to go so we walk the dog or I use my Wii fit board to do steps while watching TV. Having this goal keeps me active & positively impacts the whole family.

- Submitted by KAIDA72 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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When I'm Just Too Tired to Exercise

When I think I'm just too tired to exercise, I commit to do 10 minutes of light exercise. If I'm tired after 10 minutes, I'm allowed to quit. But 95%+ percent of the time I feel better after 10 minutes and go on to get a good workout.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Measure Results Beyond the Scale!

I look at inches lost, my doctor's positive feedback, increased energy and endurance levels, firmer/toned body AND I go by how my clothes fit. I buy smaller size clothing and try them on often. As the clothes start to fit, this motivates me to continue my workouts and healthy eating.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE667 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Walking has made my journey a success

I start my day with a good breakfast, I carry friut with me when I know I am going to be out a few hours. I stay within my calories that are given on SP. My biggest secret is Walking...I made a daily goal to walk at least 120 minutes a day. Walking daily has made my journey a success.

- Submitted by LOOSEINGIT 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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calendar goals

I like to use a calendar to map out my goals, whether short-term ones or the long term one, and I use colored pencils and even stickers on it. It's just a fun visual thing to do. ( I found a web-site where you can print a calendar page for each month with very little ink, any month you want.)

- Submitted by CILLALILLY 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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all day long

I found that if I eat 6 small meals, I can maintain or lower my weight rather than not eating all day and then splurging at night!

- Submitted by MOMMAKNOWSBEST 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Starting my tracking day in the evening

I've started tracking my evening meal (traditionally my biggest meal & with company) as the start of my next day. I track dinner, breakf & lunch in that order. Makes it easier for me to stay within my targets! It really has helped!

- Submitted by KLONG8 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

- Submitted by THENORA 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 48 Comments

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Hunger Inhibitor

Keep avacado, a good healthy fat on hand as it really helps with hunger attacks when they happen.

- Submitted by MEXGAL1 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Mini Meal

I eat 6-7 mini meals a day, it keeps me full and when your not hungry all the time you eat less

- Submitted by KITT52 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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