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My Most Important "Secret" of Success

By far the most important factor in my successfully maintaining an 80+ pound loss for over 7 years is simply not giving up. No matter what, I keep trying.

I do the best I can each day, but some days my best isn't very good. I avoid self-blame and self-shaming because I know that negative thin...

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Don't Be Afraid to Try Running

I started running at age 61, after having had knee problems when I was 80 pounds heavier. At first I just ran a few steps with my grandkids and added a few running steps to my Walk Away the Pounds videos. I didn't actually do a Couch to 5K (C25K) program, but I bet it would be a great way to do it. ...

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Group Running

Have you peaked using your own training methods? Now it is time to join a group! Our local Galloway run-walk-run group is great for helping people get to the next fitness level.

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When You Can't Get Salad Dressing On the Side

When you are served salad with dressing you can cut the amount of fat and salt significantly and still enjoy your side dish. Just spoon some of your water on the salad. Much of the heavy dressing will go to the bottom of the bowl. Then you'll be able to eat your veggies without all the calories you ...

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Watch the Shoe Strings!

Be sure to double knot your shoe strings before running or walking. I learned the hard way during a training run!!

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Spread Out Your Meal

I tried the suggestion of Judith Beck, PhD, (The Beck Diet Solution) to serve myself the entire meal and spread it out in front of me. Seeing all the food helps me 1) feel more satisfied and 2) judge whether the portions are reasonable. In the past I've often eaten one item and then get the next ite...

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Grapefruit and Cabbage Soup

The old diet standbys of grapefruit, cabbage with low calorie veggie soup, and crisp salads are good to include in healthy eating plans. They help to fill you up and give you needed nutrients. They are not, however, sufficient for sustenance. Give up the "diets" of less than 1000 calories and develo...

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In a Pinch - Makeshift Sports Bra

You want to exercise but you forgot your sports bra. I find if I tie my bra straps behind my neck with an extra shoe string the straps stay up and I almost have enough support.

When there's a will, there's a way!!

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Start a SparkTeam

Invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers or clients to meet weekly to get healthier. Set and report on Fast Break and other goals. In my group of 6 people, I'm the only one who uses the computer. But the other 5 use the printed meal plans and grocery lists. I present a topic each week based on a Sp...

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Create a Backpack

Yesterday I walked to the grocery store and enjoyed a couple mile walk in beautiful weather. I made a few purchases, but the bag was annoying me as it hit my legs while I walked. I figured out I could put one arm in each handle and create a spontaneous backpack that was much more comfortable!! I fo...

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