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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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Planning ahead

If you shop and plan your meals ahead for the next week it takes away excess stress and guess work. You also stay within a budget eaiser this way.

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It's never too late to lose weight or to become physically fit

At one point in my life I thought I was too old to achieve the physical fitness that I wanted. And losing weight wasn't happening. However, I tried and tried again. I've been on this path for several years now. God wanted us to be good stewards of what he has given us. And one of the most important ...

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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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Every loss matters!!!

1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!

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zig zag your calories

To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
its good to do low calories for 5 days and then 2 days a week increase your calorie intake by like 500 and then decrease it on your other days, so never let your metabolism adjust! This is a secret athletes use all the time!

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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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My SparkSummary Calendar

I was just told about this feature and it rocks. It tracks your daily calories, fitness minutes & SparkPoints. You can look back at a week or a month and see how you made out. You get gold stars on the days you made your calorie target. Now I want to count gold stars and maybe make them a goal!

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Be Cheap! View daily calories as cash, NOT an unlimited credit card!

View your daily calories as the amount of cash you have in your wallet; NOT an unlimited credit card!

Limit calorie spending to the amount of cash you PRE planned to spend. Eat filling foods that are low cost/cal. Don't waste calorie money on junk that leaves you w/ buyers' remorse & extra...

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!!...

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I'm not hungry, I'm thirsty

Every time I feel hunger pangs, I remember what a doctor friend of mine told me, "98% of all hunger is thirst". I drink a large glass of water and those hunger pangs go away. And I get all my water consumption in for the day.

So many of us do not drink enough water to keep our bodies hydra...

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Uninterrupted Quiet Time

Every morning before I go to work (no exceptions), I make tea, light an incense stick, sit at my little self made altar, and I focus on my breathing, read inspirational literature, and write. This has made a huge difference in my life. No matter what kind of anxiety I wake up with, I always feel re...

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