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Just for today...

I've spent too much time in my life thinking that I will do certain things when I'm a certain weight, a particular size, can buy just the right clothes, etc., etc., etc. What a waste of precious moments and energy. All that worry and waiting only made me miss out on adventures that I can never cap...

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Distraction Solutions for Avoiding Unhealthy Choices

On days I spend most of my time indoors at home, I really struggle to eat as I should. But, I find that distraction helps even indoors.

I can turn on the music and sing and or dance along. I chew gum at the end of a meal to put on the brakes with the food. Some days I make calls to shut-...

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Hang with Success!

Some days I enjoy being the one who is on track when I visit with a friend. One friend probably has 100+ pounds to lose, but finally seems to be making healthy choices. We worked through a weight loss study together a few years ago. I lost. She gained. Clearly, she wasn't ready. But, now I loo...

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Play like you're six years old!

Recently, I had another opportunity to take care of my six-year-old granddaughter while her mom taught a class and her dad was at work. Dad often takes care of her because as a neuro-critical care physician his schedule is pretty odd. But, once a month or so I get to babysit and it is always a joy...

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Don't Hurry, Small Changes = Wonderful Habits!

Whether it's weight loss, healthy eating, exercise or any other goal, i've discovered that relaxing into it works for me. If I hurry and bite off too much at one time I can easily get discouraged and have often given up for a time.

Currently, I've chosen to make small changes and then wait...

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Habit upon Habit

I've fought my weight most of my life. Only recently did I truly understand the motivational value of creating and focusing on healthy habits.

I've eaten mostly clean for a long time. Still, I have cheat meals,...

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Habit Forming is a Journey, Too

I've been getting back on track for the past couple of months. After caring for my mom in her home the last six months of her life it was such a relief to be in my own home again. I was exhausted in every way. I couldn't think. I couldn't exercise. I even struggled in my prayer life. But, I kn...

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10,000+ steps to success

I've never been able to walk 10K steps for more than a day or two at a time...in part due to my multiple sclerosis. However, I've been blessed for the past three weeks to average more than 13K per day. A huge stressor came along the day after I began (brutal murder of our great nephew and body fou...

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Stress reducer

Prayer is my most effective method to reduce stress anywhere, anytime.

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Fill Her Up!

I've discovered that if I can stuff myself with water and veggies and fruits when I'm hungry I won't keep craving unhealthy foods. If I let myself get very hungry I find that I go after less healthy and more calorie/fat dense foods. I now know that I don't need to be starving to lose weight. Just...

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