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Like Minded Friends

Having like-minded friends has really helped me on this journey to a healthier me. We post articles to help each other, pin motivational quotes to each other's wall, do small challenges with each other and we reward each other with small thoughtful gifts (non food) when we meet our goal and we thank...

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No More Excuses

Most of this journey is learning about yourself, admitting what you have learned and then dealing with it.

I love my walking, but I was allowing myself to make too many excuses. I said to myself, "It's raining. It's too cold. It's too hot. My husband won't let me have a treadmill." I knew th...

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Full flavor salad dressing alternatives

I recently tried a yogurt blue cheese dressing. It's delicious and tastes just like the full fat/calorie version at a fraction of the calories. The one I tried had only 35 calories per serving.

If you haven't tried it already...give yogurt dressings a try on your salads!

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Make exercise a priority.

Set a time for exercise and make it a priority. Plan your day around your exercise. I work out as soon as I get home from work. Sometimes supper is a few minutes late but my husband and daughter are very supportive and know that my workouts are important to my weightloss.

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Take out the tape measure

Sometimes I go for a week or so without losing any weight even though I've been eating sensibly and exercising. I get a little frustrated and then remember to take out the measuring tape. I usually find that I've lost an inch or so from my waist which inspires me to workout even more.

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What are the health benefits of kale?

What are the health benefits of kale ?

While not as well researched as some of its fellow cruciferous vegetables like broccoli or cabbage, kale is a food that you can count on for some unsurpassed health benefits, if for no other reason than its exceptional nutrient richness. In our own websi...

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What everyone should know about maintenance

How to maintain for life. No more going back and starting over.

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What You Do FIRST Thing When You Wake Up

What you do FIRST thing when you get up in the morning can impact your day, positive or negative. Say aloud" I WILL make this a positive day today. Then make a plan and stick with it no matter what. Make each day count as if it is the only day that matters!

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The Weekly Purge

Once a week, I 'purge' the refrigerator, getting rid of all limp or wilted foods, wipe down the shelves and drawers; then I can see what we need to replenish and it helps me w/ my grocery list as well as menu plan for the week. (It only takes minutes)

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Money motivated

For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!

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