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Snack Smart

I love cereal but I hate the added sugar. I found an awesome cereal: Kashi's Heart to Heart (honey toasted - yum!) w/ only 5g of sugar (perfect). I measure the serving size (3/4 C.) and pour it into a ziplock and have it set out the night before to take with me to snack on the next day at work.

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Take The Body

Take your body to exercise and the head will follow. If you stop to think whether you would like to exercise or not most of the time the answer will be "no" so just take your body and once you are doing it your head will follow!

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Mini Goals Lead to the Ultimate Goal

When asked for specifics about my weight loss I always tell people I owe it all to mini goals.

When people are trying to save money, there is a saying--

"Watch your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves."

Well, I applied that to weight loss. Take care of the ...

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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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Be as "regular" as you can

I've found that getting my fiber through food sources (fruits, veggies, whole grains), eating yogurt daily (I do activia light) helps keep things moving more than if I use a fiber supplement . Staying regular is an important part of the weight loss process and general health.

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Think of the big picture

When offered unhealthy food, think about the big picture. While eating the food all you might be thinking about is how bad you'll feel when you're done. Then you can decide to make a better choice and when you're done you can feel good about yourself.

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I grow my own food

When I get home from work, I put on my overalls and get out in the back yard to see what's new. Right now I have ripe artichokes, sugar snap peas, radishes and onions. Soon I will have beans, carrots, and strawberries. Super delicious, organic and VERY local!

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How To Trim Your Medication Costs

If no generic is available, ask your doctor or pharmacist if a less expensive brand-name drug in the same medication family would work as well. If you have a prescription drug plan, ask your doctor to prescribe drugs that are your plan's "preferred" list, as these will be the least expensive.

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Helping with the mental part of weightloss

I learned that positive self thinking is the key to keeping you healthy on the inside. Pick the things you like most about yourself and focus on that. Whenever you start thinking negative revert back to that list. As you lose weight add more things you like to that list.

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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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