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Can't Eat The Whole Elephant At Once

I have lost over 100 pounds before and I am doing it again. As I started back, I remembered a technique I used before, and it still works.

There is a saying, "How do you eat an elephant?". The answer: "One bite at a time."

Any goal, large or small has to be accomplished in small incr...

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Nutrition Tracker

The Nutrition Tracker helps you stay on track by recording EVERYTHING you eat, that includes licks, tastes and bites.......and it also breaks down where you calories are coming from.

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change up in category of foods

When hit a plateau, I change up the food groups I was using. Eating a little more carbs and vegetables versus protein. My body apparently was recognizing a routine, and the change up kicked in. Losing slow and steady.

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Keep logging in EVERY DAY

I try to log on to Sparkpeople every day.....no matter how hectic my day has been, as long as I have Internet access I will track my food and exercise. This keeps me accountable .....ad I never feel like i am on this journey by myself !

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Work with your body...not against it

I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 bow...

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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 weigh...

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