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Schedule

Make appointments with yourself to keep the exercise in your mind and to keep the appointment. Once it becomes a habit, you will not let yourself be swayed but instead, you will keep that exercise appointment!

There will be times that you'll want to give up, or that you don't feel like it- ...

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Thanksgiving tip

How to survive the temptations of Turkey Day? Downsize plates so you aren't as likely to overeat.
Pre-cut desserts before serving to keep serving sizes accurate. Put desserts on plates THEN take them to the table- if you have to get up for that second slice of pie, you may be less likely to do ...

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Better for you breading

Instead of using bread crumbs and/or cheese to bread something before cookine (like chicken breasts) use almonds! Simply place a handful of almonds in a small food processor and pulse until they are the size you wish to use. The chicken stays moist and almonds are good for you!

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Check in with new members

Wanting to maintain your weight? Be sure to stop in to SparkPeople and check in with new members. Visits to the pages, blogs and Message Boards will not only help the new folks out, it will remind you of all the challenges you had losing weight and keep your hot spots up at the front of your mind!

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Plant a Garden!

If you are getting started in the summer- there's nothing better than starting a garden. You have the Fitness minutes of digging, planting, weeding, etc and the freshest produce. Don't have room for a big garden? Try container gardens or plant between your flowers. It's worth the time & effort!!

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Portion control for cookies!

Divide cookie dough into cookie sized portions. Quick freeze these in a single layer on a cookie sheet and once frozen, portion into freezer bags. After sealing, write baking directions on each bag. Bags of one or two are great for a quick fix, bags of 6 to 8 are great when you have company!

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Influence yourself!

Leave little sticky notes around for instant motivation and support. Write notes like "You can do it", "Inspire someone", "Show off that smile" or "Someone is admiring you today" and put them in the glovebox, medicine cabinet, bottom of cereal box or other places you don't look every day!

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Plan ahead!

If you are headed on a trip (graduation, family reunion, etc) be sure to plan ahead. Visit one of the mapping services on the internet and look at your route along the way for places to eat that will help you stick to your lifestyle. In addition you can check for rest stops that will let you walk!

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Transition

Gradually make that transition between weight loss and weight maintenance. It will be easier to maintain the weight and you will be less likely to stray off track.

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Portion Control

Now that you've hit the weight you'd like to maintain, be sure you watch your portions. When eating out or at those family dinners where someone fills your plate for you- make sure you aren't eating more than you want to eat. Don't be afraid to make 2-3 meals out of "one", you'll be glad you did!

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