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Instead Of Salad Dressing/Oil...

I saw a friend's mom dip her fingers in a bowl of water and sprinkle it over her salad, then she would season her salad. I now do the same, and I use a mixture of different spices to add flavor. The water gives the spices and seasonings something to stick to, without turning the salad soggy!

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Satisfying dessert

What I miss the most in low calorie diets is dessert. I cannot eat just one or two cookies. For 100 calories, I have a sixteen ounce root beer float. I use diet root beer and one-half cup (100 calories) of slow churned low fat vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm delicious and extremely satisfying!

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Mantra

When I feel I can't exercise anymore but I know I can. I say to myself "Unless you are going to faint, puke, or die. KEEP MOVING!" It is one of my favorite Jillian Michael's quotes. I have it posted on my treadmill.

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Baby Steps

Take things one day at a time. Everything is managable in small chunks. If you have a bad day, put it behind you and start the next day fresh. Don't beat yourself up!

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Focus

Losing weight when I am very busy, stressed, or in the middle of a crisis does not work for me. I pick a time when I have the time and energy to focus every day without distractions - this is not easy for me or anyone else. This time I hope to keep it off - just retired a couple years ago so have ...

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No More Feelings of Deprivation

It's taken me YEARS to do what I am finally doing --- changing my lifestyle and not just dieting.

My secrets are: 1, realizing that I am not depriving myself when I eat smaller portions and strive for balanced, healthy meals because the foods I eat are DELICIOUS and 2, constant journaling to...

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Music

Turn the TV off and the music on. Can't sit still with upbeat music

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Its NOT a diet...

Viewing my weight loss as a lifestyle change has allowed me to not only lose weight, but also maintain the weight loss. Do I eat sweets and chocolate? Do I go out for drinks with friends? Yes. Its ok to indulge, as long as it is in moderation. I find that if I cut everything out that would be h...

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Mocktails

Just tried 3 of Crystal Lights new "mocktails" - Mojito was great (taste like the real thing minus the alcohol) I also liked the Peach Bellini. Margarita was a little sour but ok.

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Never Give Up!

When an injury gets in the way of your fitness program don't let frustration cause you to throw in the towel! Just because you can't do the exercises you have always done doesn't mean you can't work out. Use this as an opportunity to try something new and mix things up!
Due to a back injury, I ...

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