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No Excuse Bag

I keep a gym bag full of all the things I can forget to pack in my gym bag. I call it my "no excuses bag" I have socks, extra sneakers, Gym outfit, toiletries....everything and anything I may forget and use as an excuse not to go the gym. I even have fiber bars and snacks in case I need to fuel.

- Submitted by HURDLE4LIFE 4/13/2010 in Exercise | 26 Comments
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Find Another Reason

Wanting to look a particular way or fit into a particular dress size might jumpstart your journey, but it's not enough to carry you through 18 months of losing a pound a week. Find the reasons to get healthy besides your appearance that really matter to you and remind yourself of them every day. Whether you're doing it for your diabetes, your God, or your kids, when you make it bigger than your vanity, you're more likely to succeed.

- Submitted by BLUESENOUGH 3/12/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Keep Tracking

I have found that in order to stay on track for maintenance I need to need to keep tracking what I eat and my activity. Last weekend I had a very busy day, over 25,000 steps, biking, lawn mowing, walking, and had kept to my average calorie intake. The next day I was at work and a half a dozen times when I started walking around after sitting for a while, I was light headed. I have found that I need to track what I eat to not only keep my weight down, but make sure I am eating enough.

- Submitted by NESTISEMPTY 6/8/2012 in Weight Maintenance | 1 Comment
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weighing myself daily

I've always kept on track when i weigh in daily. For me as soon as i start skipping days the weight starts piling on. For me, the reason not to weigh is because I feel guilty over a meal or just ate too much. I know weight will flucuate on a daily basis and I only track it satudays but I still find it best for me to weigh in daily. That's my maintenance secret:)

- Submitted by CBRODER77 9/1/2012 in Weight Maintenance | 0 Comments
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Lots of Fruit & Veggies

I get great results when I can eat 7 to 9 fruits/vegetables in a day...keeps me feeling full with fewer calories. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by ASOBFALLS 8/28/2012 in Weight Maintenance | 1 Comment
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5 rules

1. Weekly Friday weigh in. 5lbs up means I go into cut back mode
2. Exercise moderately
3. Monday to Friday: I watch what I eat pretty carefully, and allow myself one samll treat per day. Weekends I relax and eat what I want (within reason!), have a few glasses of wine
4. A key piece of clothing - a pair of well fitting jeans - if they start feeling tighter, action is required!
5. Drinks: I only drink water, green tea and a coffee in the mornings. Well, not counting the wine that is!

- Submitted by BRONWATER 11/23/2012 in Weight Maintenance | 4 Comments
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Get Rid of Your Old Clothes

The best thing I did for maintenance was to get rid of all my old clothes. I did wear them loose for a while but then when I started buying new clothes I got rid of them and never looked back. I had lost weight before and kept the old clothes and ended up having to wear them again. I think not wanting to spend the money buying big clothes is a great motivator. emoticon

- Submitted by MEMEQ2 1/8/2013 in Weight Maintenance | 2 Comments
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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 42 Comments
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Quit Waiting for the "Feeling"

I recently went through a funk, and didn't have the spark I'd started with 5 mos. ago. I thought this was a feeling that would return on it's own. THEN, I realized that determination is not a FEELING that comes over me, it's a DECISION! Once I consciously decided to just DO IT, well, here I am!

- Submitted by LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/25/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 48 Comments
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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 84 Comments
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