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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Don't diet!!

Resist the urge to diet! Putting foods on a list of "can't haves" almost ensures you'll overcompensate for your deprivation. Instead, allow everthing and anything BUT allow yourself just half the serving size you want.... or a 1/4.... or a "taste." Psychologically, this has been key in my lifesty...

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Squeeze in exercise.

I do something active during every commercial on television and sometimes while watching television.

During a commercial break I can go up and down the hallway, outside of my apartment door, getting in about 300 steps. I am usually back before the end of the commercial. I can put clean dishe...

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Keep On Keeping On

There are some weeks I do very very well, but for the weeks where I struggle, I start to get discouraged. Then I decided that I just need to keep on keeping on. Never give up, keep going, and you'll get back on track. Last week, not only did I not lose weight, but then I even gained .4 of a pound. I...

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Don't give up!

Even if you slip (we all do) don't quit. Just jump right back into mindful eating the next meal, don't wait until the next day, and pig out the rest of the day. That will set you up to gain and be harder to get back into the right mindset for losing.

I've lost count of the many times I've sl...

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Consistency, Persistence, and Grace

For me it's the will to live longer, healthier, and happier. Little by little every day in every way. I do what I love and I love what I do. I feel so blessed to be here in this world at this point in time.

It really doesn't matter to me who is president, because Jesus is King!

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Counting and Tracking Calories = Health & Weight Loss

Calorie counting is imperative in my weight loss program. Counting calories helps prioritize what I eat - the type of food might not be the healthiest choice, but if I feel I can afford the calories without jeopardizing my diet, I might eat it as a "treat." On the other hand, knowing the calorie c...

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Dedication, Determination, Discipline and strict adherence to your plan

In order to succeed at anything in life you must have three D's. These are Dedication, Determination, and Discipline. You must use these to set goals, research a way to reach your goals, form a plan and engage in that plan.
Without these three D's in place it's easy to make excuses for not doin...

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Jumps Starting My Day with Water

I've been starting my day with 2 glasses of water with lemon oil before anything else and BIG SURPRISE it works to help my day get started well. I feel better and seem to drink my daily quota of water easie...

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Log on to the Sparkpeople Community Everyday

Every morning, while having my freshly brewed cup of coffee, I log onto the Sparkpeople community, I do my sparkling around, read the suggested articles, look for success stories, read the suggested recipe, see if I have sparkmail and read it, comment on my friends pages,
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Never Give Up

Baby steps are better than no steps. If you take a step back don't give up, it doesn't mean you failed it means you are human. We all have "off" days and days where we want all the Girl Scout Cookies and that is okay. Just don't give up on your dream once you realize what that dream is because tomor...

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SPARK MOBILE APP

The spark mobile app has really helped me stay on track.

Using it is so easy to log every single thing I eat so that I can see ...

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