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Nothing wrong with a small punishments when you've deviated from the plan.

I know were all about rewarding ourselves for the good, but we know a good stern talking to, grouding or punishment has taught us a lesson or 2 in the past. When i get to my nutrition feedback at the end of the day, and I have no calorie deficit because i ate 4 cookies instead of 1, I make myself d...

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3 A DAY

1. LOG IT.
2. JOURNAL.
3. EXERCISE.

1. PRE-PACK BREAKFAST
2. PRE-PACK LUNCH
3. PRE-PACK SNACKS

A FAILURE TO PLAN, IS A PLAN TO FAIL.

1. GO BACK TO BASICS.
2. NO RECIPES IF LIFE GETS TO COMPLICATED...SIMPLIFY.
3. PICK SIMPLE GO-TO FOODS.

1. RE-...

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Walk.. walk .. walk!!!

I have considered myself pretty sedentary the past several years. I recently realized that life is passing me by and I didn't have the energy to do anything about it. I weighed almost 300 pounds (296) and it took all I had in me to get up and move around. I was also closing in on the BIG 5-0

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Frozen veggies in oven

I have been buying frozen veggies the value size at Walmart. With almost every meal I throw a large serving of veggies in oven and season them at 25 mins at 425 they are very filling and keeps me from over eating the sides. I generally stick with a main meat and then a big order of veggies. My bf ...

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

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Small goals = Big Success

From my experience, those who set small goals and achieve them one at a time are the ones who are the most successful in life. It doesn't matter so much what the goal is when it comes to weight loss (it could be to lose 1 pound every week for one year, for instance), the key is to make sure that yo...

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Why is it easy to stop after right-sized meals and hard to stop after oreveating?

Had an interesting insight last night.
I ate my planned dinner, my square of dark chocolate, didn't feel really full but I knew it was my portion and there's no more. Went on with my evening without thinking twice, watched a movie with DH, and 20-30 minutes later I noticed I was completely full.<...

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How to sneak in more exercise in your day

In addition to my regular workouts of 20 minutes or more 5-6 days a week I walk for 30 minutes or more, walk while on the phone, park further away, make multiple trips from car or putting away laundry, and my newest thing to do to get in more steps for my fitbit competitions is to do a lateral side ...

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Write down what you eat!!!

The FIRST thing to learn to overcome emotional eating and binge eating: Write down what you eat.

No matter what you eat or how often; just write it down and get into the habit.

You can use a notebook or create a file in your computer or use your phone. Just make it a steady habit to wr...

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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