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Portion Distortion!

Best thing I ever did was take 'the idea' to use measuring cups to control my portions. 1 Cup for protein 1 cup for starch/carbs and 2 cups for veg (Steamed, grilled, etc.) if it's a salad mixed - 2 cups (Then 1 cup after only if still hungry). This can be very easy and has helped me to curtail my portions down to a THIRD of what I USED to eat!

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 1/10/2014 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Portion Control

There are 'portion pots' available on the market. I use standard measuring cups/jug - 1 cup for each 'food group' (protein, carb and 2 cups for veg). Even then I am potentially serving up too much! BUT it's literally 2/3's LESS than what I used to eat. Portions can be difficult. If having trouble - USE a measuring CUP - IF you are still hungry after EATING slowly, just be careful, be aware. The 'portion pots' were silly prices, I already OWNED measuring cups! :)

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 12/1/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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A message to those stuck, absolutely stuck

You don't have to sit on that couch or lay in bed beneath the covers. You don't have to go to the kitchen and graze for comfort or to hide behind. You *don't*. You have the power within you to take a stand. It's scary, it's definitely an uphill process, DONT be afraid to let go of the things that GOT YOU here (struggling with weight, most likely a lot of health issues). DONT be afraid and DONT put it off. if YOU want to feel better about yourself, then DO something about it RIGHT now.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 10/31/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Never thought I could, Never lose sight of the thought YOU CAN DO IT!

I had an illness many years ago which left me basically with incredible muscle fatigue. I gained a lot of weight (lost, gained, lost, gained). Over the past few years I have been able to get myself on track by FINDING MY FOCUS. What do I really want? I want to be healthier, stronger, feel better. I think the last one *to feel better* was the key. The more I focus on THAT thought, the more motivated I seem to become. It isn't easy when you have 'pounds' to lose in the seemingly uphill battle.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 10/31/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Once you find it

Once you find that 'thing' that motivates you, go - RUN with it, make it YOURS, make it LIVE because YOU want to succeed. Stop wishing for it, *make* it happen and it WILL happen. If you believe it WON'T - then it will never happen. So FIND what motivates you and just GO. You won't regret it.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 7/15/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Exercise Bike

Without a lot of money for equipment. I have a 'portable' exercise bike (collapses or expands with a solid pin, holds up to 17 st (238 lbs) - I also have exercise bands with handles. Carefully (and evenly) wrapping the bands around the neck of the bike - you can add in arm work on intervals.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 7/6/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Argue with thine self or win

For the amount of time we spend arguing with ourselves whether or not we are going to get up and exercise, we could have been UP exercising. In that TEN minutes of arguing we COULD'VE been doing 10 minutes of dancing to music, a walk, some crunches or leg lifts.

- Submitted by OPIUMDOLL 6/13/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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