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I can do anything for one day!!

Every morning when I wake up I say to myself today I'm going to stick to my diet only for one day!!! I can do anything for one day!!! I don't think about how much I have to lose I just say one day at a time. And guess what all those one days add up and BOOM your at your goal!!!

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When facing temptation...

I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."

Remembering that I have made weight loss and a healthy lifestyle the priority helps me put temptations and cravings in perspective--it takes away their power, and empowers me to make mindful choices.

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Remembering Successes

Having one of those days? Stop and think back to a recent success. How did you feel? What was your level of motivation? Capture that mindset and keep pushing forward!

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Self-talk

I have found that being gentle with myself when I've not been able to stick to my plan has been the most effective way to bring me back on track. I make sure I say kinder things to myself when I slip up. Harsher self-talk makes the slip-up last longer.

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Quit thinking!!

Just STOP the thought train that creates "reasons" (excuses) and debates whether or not you should exercise or eat right. When I hear myself debating and rationalizing, I call myself out on it. "Heyyyyyy.........wait a minute........" Once I realize where that train is headed, I jump right off and g...

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In For The Long Haul

Either I'm too stubborn or a slow learner, but I finally realized that I have to eat for the rest of my life, not "diet" for it, so I make sure I eat all the things I love, that comfort me, that satisfy me, only make them "lighter and healthier". Some things I really love are already pretty healthy....

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Don't Give Yourself Options

My husband and I followed SP together to lose our weight (he lost 80+ pounds). He taught me there are no options (as someone else said, treat it like a job). It's not "if" you should work out. You must work out. It's not "if" you will eat healthy. You will eat healthy. Do NOT give yourself the optio...

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Use your phone alarm to remind you of your plan during the day!

I set my alarm on my phone to remind me when to eat and drink. I eat every 2.5 hours - 5 small meals a day and drink my water before the meals. This helps me keep on track and I never feel hungry. Before you know it, all my meals are done, I feel full and I look forward to starting a new day and ...

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Be patient and persistent

It took me nearly a year to lost 30 lbs but being patient and persistent makes a difference. So does a commitment to minimum of 10 minutes day exercise, tracking, drinking water & staying connected to SparkPeople :-)

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Drink Green Tea

When I get really stressed, I make and drink a hot cup of tea. The best part is that I add honey and lemon juice if I want! I associate green tea with relaxation now because I am an emotional eater. Now, instead of bingeing when I get stressed I can indulge in one of my favorite drinks! With WAY les...

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