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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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SHRINK IT!

I shrink all my eating utensils...I use a salad plate rather than a dinner plate whenever I can. And at home (I haven't quite the courage to do this out yet), I eat with a silver (yes, I'm worth it...but they had been my children's) baby spoon & fork. My salad plate looks so full & I'm forced to ...

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Be Open to Change

The definition of crazy ... doing the same thing over and over BUT expecting a different out come.

I have spent the last 20ish years over weight. During this time ... I feel like I "dieted" my way up to being twice my size. I have done most every "diet" you can think of with different levels ...

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I do not need to be perfect to be successful!

So many times when I would start a plan to get healthier, my perfectionism would tear me down right away before I got very far or even got started.

I would make a plan, start out okay, and maybe even make a little progress. But, every time that I would make the smallest mistake as far as ea...

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Give yourself permission to "fail"

I'm a recovering perfectionist who used to think it was better not to try than to try and fail. Now I know better. If I fail, it means I'm trying. As long as I keep trying, one more time than I fail, I'm not a failure!

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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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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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Love your body! The body you have now, could be someone elses goal!

There are people who would love to be under 300lbs, 250, 200 etc. Before putting yourself down for not being where you want to be, remember there is someone struggling to get where you are now. Stay positive and learn to love every stage, and plateau.

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Believe to Succeed

If there is one thing I have learned on this healthier lifestyle journey, it is that you must believe in yourself if you are going to succeed. When I had my bypass surgery 5 years ago, I thought I "got it!" What I got was the fairy tale version. The weight melted away for a full year and I lost 1...

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Overcoming Bad Habits in 90 days


Whether it's caffeine, alcohol, breads, added sugar, cigarettes etc. I remove one item for at least ninety days before I remove another. I found that if I decided to change my lifestyle all at once I nev...

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Try Something New

Try a new exercise to class to keep your workouts fresh and fun. You never know what you might like or what you are good at.

I am trying a kickboxing class and I am really excited about.

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Not giving in, Not giving up!

There is always room for improvement, so once you have reached one goal, that doesn't mean you should stop there, we should be continually be making goals and setting standards for ourselves. Prayer is powerful, and i believe we cannot do anything on our own strength but through the power of God thr...

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