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Keeping Focus

I started my weight lost program a three weeks ago before signing on to this websit. it is by the Grace of God I came upon this site. I don't dwell on the past, it took me time to put this weight on so it's going to take time to take it off. This is my mantra!

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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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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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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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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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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

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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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Cherish the little victories

As I was gaining weight I didn't pay attention to loosing the ability to some things comfortably. When did I stop being able to sit cross legged? When did running become such a chore? Where did my toes go? How did I not notice that gaining weight was taking away my ability to do things I used to ...

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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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Diets can be a great cleaning plan

Being on a diet and having to look at the nutritional listing on items has really helped to clean out my fridge and cupboards.
It is amazing how foods that are "quick and easy" are loaded with stuff you shouldn't be eating...at least I can't eat.

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More, not less

I've broken more plateaus more quickly by eating more rather than less. Borne of discouragement - "If this isn't working, I quit!" - I've found that if I eat a little more over the week, even treat myself a time or two, and that jiggles my metabolism back into losing. Works every time!

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