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Keep Learning

I learned a lot about losing weight with Weight Watchers and a little about maintenance. I came to SparkPeople and learned more about losing and a lot more about weight maintenance. I got The Beck Diet Solution and am learning many more skills in dealing with food and thinking like a thin person.

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The Beck Diet Solution

Dr. Beck's book, The Beck Diet Solution, subtitled train your brain to think like a thin person, has over 40 great activities to change your relationship with food. I'm just getting started but already feel more in control of my eating.

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Drinking Water during Exercise

When I'm on the elliptical, treadmill, or stationary bike I keep a bottle of water with me to swig as I go. I find that when I'm warming up and cooling down I can just drink it straight from the bottle like I would if I wasn't exercising. However, when I pick up the speed I have to be a little more ...

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Cook Big, Eat Moderately - Holiday Survival Tips!

When cooking for extended family, take the time to calculate what you need so you don't end up with lots of extra fattening ingredients on hand you don't need.

Be sure to send leftovers that don't fit into your program home with people who appreciate them.

A bite or two of green bean c...

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RoBarr, Satisfying Calorie-, Caffeine-, Acid-Free Hot Drink

RoBarr is a tasty calorie-free, caffeine-free, and acid-free hot drink. RoBarr is roasted barley that is brewed or perked just like coffee. I find that unlike tea or coffee, I can enjoy original RoBarr absolutely plain, so it is really helping me kick my overuse of artificial sweeteners. Although Ro...

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Just Keep Trying

Sometimes it is really hard to get back on track. I set a goal to lose two pounds in October and two pounds in November. I planned to lose, but I gained about half a pound. Instead of giving up, like I would have in the past, I just kept trying. I just had a nice loss, or as some of my good SparkFri...

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For Maintainers on Weight Watchers

For the past two years I have used my bookmarks as a visual clue, somewhat like Chris Downie used his vision collage. I put my completed 2009 bookmark with monthly stars on my bedroom mirror and my 2010 bookmark with its stars-to-date on my refrigerator as frequent reminders of my maintenance goal.<...

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Shopping for Motivation!!

Recently my motivation to maintain was sagging. But one shopping trip and a new outfit got me remotivated!!

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It's a Rather Small Amount Causing Great Distress

As an overweight teen I thought I was eating three times the amount of food I should have been. I thought I'd have to starve to be a normal weight. In reality, I was just overeating a little each day. I finally realized it was rather a small amount of food each day causing me great distress. When y...

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Don't Be Scared of the Gym

I was absolutely intimidated to go to the gym, fearing that it was full of jocks who would just laugh at an old woman. I waited until I lost the weight and did four months of SparkPeople strength training before I got the nerve to join. I should have joined earlier! I found that people are focused o...

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