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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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Eggs ready to eat

I keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for a quick protein snack thats under 100 calories. My kids love them too! and whats better then that hearing your kids ask for an egg instead of a cookie?

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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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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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Just get moving!

Some days are better than others. Some weeks are better than others. Most importantly just get moving. Even if it is for 10 minutes, that is 10 minutes closer to healthy than you we're! I find if I tell myself just do 10 minutes, I usually keep going. I often will grab 10 minutes here, 15 there an...

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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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Hard Work Paid Off for this Type 2 Diabetic

I began my healthy living journey in November of 2008. I weighed 242 pounds, and had Type 2 Diabetes. The only reason I began the journey was because I began having complications with the diabetes.

I embarked on a 1250 calorie a day food plan, and I began walking for exercise. I completely ch...

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Fasting with diabetes

I have learned with intermittent fasting that I can help keep fasting blood sugars in a more normal range. Break fasts with healthy fats and moderate eating plus treadmill and at age 80 years old on oxygen have been able to lose over 20 pounds which is helping all other health problem...

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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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Snacks

The fiber in an Orange helps control blood sugar and so does an apple.
A frozen sugar-free fruit bar like Edy's is a refreshing snack.
Graham Crackers dunked into milk or put some fat free cool whip between them and freeze them for a snack.
Try 2 cups of KettleKorn..I buy it at Walmart.

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My Beck Diet Solutions response cards

My second most helpful healthy lifestyle book is The Beck Diet Solution by dr. Judith Beck, right behind The Spark.

It consists of 42 daily chapters of lessons and exercises. Each one is simple and doable, but together construct a roadmap to dieting in an easy and peaceful way, without strug...

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Walking Tip(s) Without a Treadmill

I never could walk more than 10,000 steps a day and couldn't figure out how on Earth people could walk 20,000+ a day. It boggled my mind! When I started back eating right and exercising this time I was determined to do my best and use the lessons I've learned in the past to help me along this time. ...

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