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

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Weekly meal planning

One of the things that has helped me the most on my weight loss journey so far is meal planning. Every Sunday I do an simple inventory of all the prepared food available in our fridge, freezer and cupboards, and I plan the week. During this process I also make a shopping list.

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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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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.

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My Weight Loss Plan

1. Reprogram eating habits with high fiber, lean protein food choices that taste great.
2. Take advantage of everything about SparkPeople, study it at least 3 hours every day, for motivation and to learn and reprogram my thinking.
3. Track all eating.
4. Exercise at least 10 minutes every d...

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Log everything you eat...no matter what!

Log your food daily, and be honest when putting it in your tracker or writing it down. Even if you "cheated" you need to log it. You may be shocked to see the total carbs, calories or fat after a splurge, but that can also teach you to be aware of how much you eat. After a while, you'll think twice ...

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Smart Eating Out

We go out quite a bit. Restaurants, art receptions,neighborhood get togethers. They're all a big part of life and community, and I want to participate without throwing me off track.

If I plan to go out, I make the best choices I can for the other meals of the day. When I get to the party, I...

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After I eat, I think about it before adding more.

After I finish a meal, I think about it before adding more to my plate.

I usually track it in my food journal before I eat. If I am still hungry, I stop & give it some careful thought before going ahead. Sometimes just finishing with a cup of coffee away from the table is all I need.

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Several Mini Goals

I set my goals on my Fit Bit to be staggered that way I get small accomplishments that add up to my total goal through out the day. I reach a step goal, then I reach a miles goal, then I reach a calorie v's burn goal, and hydration, and sleep. I love completing it.
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Severe caloric restriction does not work long-term

This is the kind of mistake I had to make myself to prove the statement true. The calorie-in-calorie-out equation only worked up to a certain point, after which I reached a plateau and for 6 weeks was unable to lose any weight regardless of how little I ate. At 800-900 Cal/day, I felt miserable, co...

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Stop Eating Foods You Don't Love


STOP eating foods you don't love.

Just because a food is labeled "healthy" or "good for you" is not a reason to eat it! For instance, I hate salmon, kale and oatmeal and since I have made a vow to no longer eat foods I don't love, I have removed these from my diet. I tried to like these...

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