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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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My "not so secret" secret

It's no secret! I have a monitor to track steps and physical activity, I try to drink 8 cups of water each day, I try to balance and portion control my meals and I am constantly pulling motivational quotes to try and stay positive.

My issue seems to be lack of motivation, or rather I make a ...

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Join a group

One of the most impactive changes I made in my journey to health and fitness has been to join SparkPeople and my Beachbody Facebook groups. Having a safe, positive, and encouraging support team is a key component to our success. We all need an understanding ear, a positive influence, and a friend to...

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Stop Mindlessly Eating Sugar

What have I done in the past and in the last 6 months?

My attitude has changed for the better.

What can you do? Get your mind into this, but don't make it hard on yourself. If you feel yourself forgetting that what you eat matters, turn your thoughts around. I look back at the ti...

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Consistency! Keep going even when it seems like you aren't getting anywhere

No matter how small the change, it counts. Keep doing it, it will show up in time. Don't give in to the urge to fall back into bad habits. Eating healthy and exercise will pay off. It may take a long time, but it took a long time to get to where you are now (out of shape and overweight) don't ex...

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Never Give Up

Have you thought about throwing it all away? Have you told yourself that you will never complete your goal? Have you seen your goals slip away faster than a rabbit down the hole?

So you might slip here and there. So your inner voice says "it's too late" or "you've messed up yet again." So you...

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30 Day No Cheats/No Sweets

Whenever I find I need a reset, I always commit to tracking for thirty days. I don't allow myself ANY sugar additives or sweets or desserts during this time. I also make sure I'm drinking the recommended eight glasses of water per day.

I've found that if I stick with this plan for thirty day...

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Scale is moving down and you feel unchanged

Have you lost some or all of your weight goal? Congratulations! Time to throw a party!

Wait, you don't feel like celebrating? You're saying it's no big deal, and you feel exactly like the same person as before your weight loss?

Well, this secret of success is: how you're feeling is per...

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Don't Give Up

In 2011 I started walking everyday, strength training for a half hour three times a week, changed my diet, only drank water, I lost around 105 lbs and almost reversed my diabetes, I even got over my anxiety enough to go to college. In 2013 I was sexually assaulted and the police refused to do an inv...

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No Carb Gummy Bears

If you like gummy bears you will love this!

1 envelope of Knox gelatin
1 large box (.6 oz) of sugar free jello mix, any flavor
1/2 c. water

Mix these 2 items together in a saucepan BEFORE turning on the heat. Then, when combined, cook on the stove over low heat just until you st...

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Healthy Snacking Choices

My go-to snacks include the following. Fruit, veggies, natural almonds, string cheese, I like Dannon Greek Yogurts. Triple Zero uses stevia, Light and Fit uses a more controversial artificial sweetner but it only has 80 cal. They have other brands using real sugar. Lowfat cottage cheese with berrie...

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