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

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

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Cravings, What are They

When I get a craving, I try to drink some water first. Although dehydration will kill us before starvation, in general we are more likely to satisfy a sweet tooth than quench a thirst.

Our bodies know this, so being the super efficient tool that it is, our temples turn up the volume on those ...

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Write Down Why you want to lose weight

I lost 32 pounds about 5 years ago and have kept most of it off. After many years of trying to lose weight and after spending a lot of money on special diet programs, I realized that the reason why I wouldn't keep the weight off was a lack of a long term commitment. So I decided to write myself a le...

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Track, track, track

Even if you overeat it is important to still track your food. It makes it easier to get back on track and you'll find patterns that you can then fix (for example if you notice you overeat on Saturdays you can reevaluate what your usual activities on Saturday). This has helped me several times especi...

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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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Lose the weight, Feel great!

The secret to my success is simple ... NOT!

After YEARS of battling Metabolic Syndrome I was Sleeved (VSG) May 2014 and Gastric Bypass (RNY) December 2015.

Highest weight - a whopping 456 pounds!
That is a LOT on a 5'3" lady!!
I avoided full length mirrors.
I a...

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Avoid after Dinner Dessert Binging

I have the worst cravings after dinner in the evenings. I just want to relax after a long day and cuddle up with a huge bowl of ice cream or find comfort in a few delicious cookies. Needless to say, I have packed on some pounds with this bad habit. Once you have started this process, it's so hard to...

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Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day to Feel Full and Eat Less

To help with my weight loss efforts I have been working to drink more water each day, and also to cut soda from my diet and replace it with water as my drink of choice.

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day helps me stay hydrated and avoid overeating. I have read articles about how people c...

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Start your day with a speedy metabolism.

Did you know that you continue to burn calories post workout! It's called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. I call it afterburn. Try going on a BRISK morning walk before breakfast for 10 - 30 minutes. (you could also do this before lunch and dinner) Don't forget to eat within the first 90 mi...

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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

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