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Eat a good breakfast

When I start the day with a good breakfast including protein. I usually have eggs or a protein shake. It starts my day off and I don't seem to crave for junk food. emoticon

- Submitted by MVKNET 4/26/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Give up caffeine

Giving up caffeine (cola) has really helped me to control my sugar cravings and to cut down on snacking. Now I drink water and green tea instead, my skin is better too!

- Submitted by SILLYSUZZIE 5/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Fight for Every Pound!

A journey of 10,000 miles is made up of small steps. FIGHT for every pound, so when it's gone, it is such a victory, and you don't want to refight for that same one.

- Submitted by KELLYINVA 5/19/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Shocking! Just have to Share...

I emptied a kitchen cabinet today...long overdue! Found an old set of dishes from the 1960's. The size of those dishes compared to today's everyday dishes...unbelievable! No wonder my portions seem so small when I measure....years ago, we didn't need to measure because the cups and plates and bowls were normal sized. Tomorrow I am removing my oversized plates, bowls & mugs and see if I can go back to eating normal portions naturally. Would love to know if anyone else has done this?
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- Submitted by JACEYLEE 1/1/2014 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Try to keep your clothes current to your weight/size

Before I got into sparkpeople, I just wore XL or XXL clothes as a blanket "solution" to the problem. Now I always look for clothes that are a great fit, and not just bigger than what I really am. This has helped me at the very least maintain my weight loss, because of course if I gain too much weight the new clothing will be unusable in public. I've stalled out on the exercise and weight loss, but I haven't gone backwards.

- Submitted by MATT_SP 3/29/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Metabolism Boosters

One thing I've learned is to eat SOMETHING every couple of hours... Not an entire meal - just a little something. Perhaps a handful of grapes, some almonds, crunch some carrots, etc. Eating something ever couple hours (so healthy snack between meals!!!) boosts your metabolism.

- Submitted by KYME2014 3/30/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Stop eating right before bed

I made a conscious decision to stop eating a couple hours before bedtime. It has made a tremendous difference in my weight loss efforts. I think maybe my body is more comfortable when it doesn't have to digest all night when it's already trying to be in recovery mode. Try it out!

- Submitted by BECCADAWRECKA 4/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Drink a glass of water first.

When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.

- Submitted by HEIDY52 4/11/2014 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Simplifying my nutrition tracker food groupings

Numbers come hard to me, especially calories. emoticon I've learned to label my food groupings with the calories involved as well. For instance, instead of (milk and cereal), I now have "Milk and Cereal 195." I have a food group named "GLOP" which is now "GLOP 250." By listing the calories with the food group, it's easier for me to remember how much I'm eating without having to go into the collection itself. (I haven't tried this with my "favorites," but that's next.)

- Submitted by STARRBRITE 4/7/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.

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(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

- Submitted by GUTELAUNE 4/5/2011 in Exercise | 81 Comments
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