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Give away your 'fat' clothes

As you lose weight, make sure you give away, donate or sell your "fat" clothes. Keeping them around only signifies you don't think your weight loss will stick. The added financial burden of having to buy bigger clothes again may be just enough to help keep you on track!

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My Not So Secret Secrets 😜

1). You need to work on your head first.

If you want your weightloss journey to be a success, you need to understand why you allowed yourself to become overweight. You need to love yourself first because weightloss is not the answer...it's the reward that comes once you learn to love yours...

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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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It's Okay to Eat a Donut

I freak out when I feel like I do not have control over my weight loss experience, but logging how I eat and how I exercises is a form of control. I lose my ability to make informed decisions when I don't track what I eat or how I exercise.

It feels utterly shameful to admit that I've eaten ...

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Just try it!

Lemon water made daily (freshly squeezed lemons) is my go to. If I get hungry and don't want to use calories up I drink a tall cup. So yummy!! I love the taste and it's super easy. This has helped me to reach my goals. I drink it not only for cravings but in the morning too, as good morning wake...

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Want to know why America is fat?

One Medium sized Easter Lollipop had 88 Grams of sugar in it or 20 teaspoons of sugar. One teaspoon of granulated white sugar is equal to about 4.2 grams. If you are buying a bottle of cola with 44 grams of sugar, you would divide 44 by 4.2 which is equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Please rea...

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Illness and Injury Challenges can be Blessings in Disguise

In the past five months I've dealt with some multiple sclerosis challenges and then shattered my right wrist and had subsequent surgery to repair the damage.

In the past when I was ill or injured I comforted myself with food I didn't need and probably didn't even really want. It was just h...

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The Nutritional Tracker

I believe that one of the most helpful things on Spark is the nutritional tracker. I really never realized how many calories I consumed each day. The amount was staggering to me. Now I make it a point to track everything I eat. After each meal I take a few minutes out of my day to input what I ate a...

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52 Hike Challenge

I've found that having challenges with clear, concrete goals helps me to stay motivated on my fitness journey. For anyone who is interested in getting outdoors, getting fit, and working towards a goal... let me introduce to you the 52 Hike Challenge.

The 52 Hike Challenge is a challenge to do...

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Vicks vap o rub kills cravings.

I have continually struggled with weight since my mid thirties. I have had wonderful years of healthy eating and exercising and many years of making poor choices and being overweight. Depression set in and anxiety eventually took over my life. I expanded from about 165 pounds to 230 pounds and I was...

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You will always feel better afterwards

On days that I don't feel like exercising or think that I don't have time, I remember that I ALWAYS feel better after I've exercised. I never regret taking that 30-60 mins to exercise but I've often regretted skipping it.

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