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Set a goal and keep up a streak!

It isn't easy to stay motivated--especially as you get close to your goal weight--because the weight is harder and harder to lose as you get closer and closer to the goal. So--what do you do to keep pushing? Set an exercise goal--and get a streak going! It will keep you energized!

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How to drink 8 cups of water

I found that drinking water really helped me lose the weight. I didn't "give up soda", instead I "drank water". There wasn't room for drinking soda when I added drinking water to my day!

I start with 16 ounces of water before breakfast--this is pretty easy to just drink down! I may have a c...

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To get started, just pick 2 things to focus on

I have been on Spark for over 5 years. I have learned a few things--and have tried to share them with "newbies". The most important "trick" would be pick 2 things to focus on.

One focus is nutrition--and the easiest to start with is WATER. Focus on drinking 8 glasses of water. Don't "give up ...

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Mini-Meatloaf

I freeze my meatloaf in muffin tins and then put them into a big freezer bag when frozen. This makes it easy to pull out what I need for a meal and reduces leftovers! Make whatever recipe you want--freeze in the muffin pan and you can cook it in the microwave quickly!

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Incorporate exercise

If you can possibly do it--walk instead of taking the car. My dentist is about 1 mile away--so I walked it today -- BOTH ways! Yes--it took longer BUT I got my cardio in without going to the gym. Look for these opportunities and allow yourself the time to do it!

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Do it with someone you love!

Find a buddy--I'm lucky to have 2 daughters in Sparkpeople so, even when we can't be together, we challenge each other to do 30 min of cardio or track food. Knowing they are trying to be healthier helps me to work hard!

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Just Decide and Go for It

I've "talked" about losing weight for a long time and suddenly, this summer, just decided to DO IT. So I track my food, do SOMETHING every day to exercise and don't make any excuses any more. I cannot tell you what changed except my determination. So--JUST DO IT!

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Company in the journey

My daughter actually got me started here so having a partner--someone who will encourage and motivate you--really makes a BIG difference for me. I know she is trying and that makes me want to try, too. (She's getting married in November and I want to look good for her.)

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