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

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Small Utensils

When I first moved in with my fiancÚ, a friend gave us silverware for a housewarming gift. We never used them because they were smaller than regular utensils, but I use them all the time now. They make me feel like I'm taking big bites.

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Having my cheese and eating it too...lol

I love cheese...I HATE LOW FAT CHEESE...to me it tastes like rubber! So in order to satisfy my need for cheese I use a potato peeler to slice my cheese. I get all the taste I need on my sandwich at a fraction of the calories!!

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Resisting Temptation

When I just have to have something sweet, I tell myself to wait just 5 minutes. Most of the time when the 5 minutes rolls around I have forgotten that I wanted it.

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Look up the take out

Might as well take advantage of the internet. I think a lot of fast food companies post their nutrition information. Last night I looked up Swiss Chalet and knew my meal was 800 calories before I ordered it... that is authentic

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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Allow yourself a treat!

I have a sweet tooth. In the past I foundf that it was really easy for me to fall of the wagon so to speak and engorge myself with sweets. Now, 60lbs lighter, and much healthier, I find that if I allow myself one guilty pleasure (in moderation of course!) over the weekend, it is ok!

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Brush Your Teerth

When I've eaten my calories for the day I brush my teeth. I'm less likely to grab an extra snack when I have already cleaned my teeth. Bonus -- mouth is minty fresh and water is extra refreshing.

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Snacking Mindlessly

Everytime I go to have a impulse snack I make myself wait 10 minutes to see if I really want it. In the mean time I drink a glass of water. If I watching the clock like crazy I know I want it but if I go back to what I'm doing and forget for awhile I know I don't really want or need it.

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Using the nutrition tracker

The nutrition tracker has been the biggest help with my weight loss. Now I am only a few pounds from my goal. When I am away from my computer, I still keeptrack on what I've eaten and record when I can. On vacation I tracked everything in an accounting book, using a calorie counting book.

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Gardening

I don't always find time for a defined workout, but I do a lot of gardening, so I try to make that into a mini workout, I do a lot of bending and lifting and stretching and try to maximize those movements to get a benefit. If one works at it you can really work up a sweat!

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