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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! emoticon

- Submitted by STAVIANI105 8/4/2012 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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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!

- Submitted by CLEMENCE1116 3/20/2013 in Cooking | 6 Comments
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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.

- Submitted by MAMAJENN1313 5/15/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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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!

- Submitted by JOYFULME01 5/15/2013 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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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 more time now - more time to sit around and eat and gain weight, or time to focus on getting the weight off and improving my health. I chose the latter. Writing the food down every day is critical.

- Submitted by RETJUD 5/25/2013 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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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 vent about the lapses and learn from them. Together, I am loving myself more.

I don't give up things I really want; I just don't have them every day. I'm also learning from my triggers..

- Submitted by CHATHOMP 6/6/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Music

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

- Submitted by SARIANEC 6/5/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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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 high calorie, etc..., I crave it even more, which makes me a not-so-happy person. Keep moving, and find the joy in eating healthy, chocolate included.

- Submitted by WATERROCKS 5/28/2012 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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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. emoticon

- Submitted by DEBBLO 5/17/2012 in Product Reviews | 3 Comments
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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 can not run, kick box, or use heavy weights for ST (everything I love to do!) Instead of doing nothing, I have explored low impact dance aerobics and yoga. I am still losing weight and toning.

- Submitted by SHELLEY81 5/7/2012 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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