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Take a break already ...

Every week, I get to take a 24 hour break known as Shabbat. It's a time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate. It gives me the focus to continue my life's journeys. Everyone needs a break so give yourself some time off. Give yourself some time to just sit and be. Feel your own zen!

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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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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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Keep moving forward

I look straight ahead of me at all times. If I fall, I try to fall forward. Another thing I do is visualize myself having achieved my goal weight. Visualization is one of the keys to not only a successful journey, but to a successful life. Once you realize that you CAN do this, you start to reali...

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Food is not the problem. Food is not in control.

These are things I share with ladies that are trying to get healthy with me, we are taking back our lives. How about YOU? Let’s take a moment to explore WHY we eat what we eat. It's time to really consider whether we are eating for fuel and to get the nutrients our bodies need, or if we are medica...

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Need to change a few things...?

It's the top excuse I hear from others when I suggest they get moving. But you do have enough time; what you really need is motivation. Too often people think of exercise in black or white categories: “thirty minutes” or “no minutes.” In reality, any minutes of movement are better than none. Stop sa...

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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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Overcoming Those Cravings

I've noticed if I will eat breakfast, it helps me to stay on track with my other meals. This allows me to not have the hunger monster hit at 10:00 p.m. I drink lots of water which keeps me full longer and I also noticed that if I eat more protein rich foods, I am less likely to be hungry.

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Plan and track your meals

This is my umpteenth time trying to lose weight. What is working this time that I did before, but got lazy about later? Planning and tracking!

We keep hearing that journaling everything will work. We keep hearing that planning and tracking what you eat before you eat it, or immediately afte...

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Think Positive!

The negative stuff is gonna come but everyday, look at yourself and say how beautiful you are and everything is going to work out! There's nothing that you and God can't handle today. Don't forget to take Him with you! You've tried everything else, try God!

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A positive attitude helps with weight loss

Having a positive mental attitude can certainly help you achieve your weight loss goals. Going on a diet is not easy, and it requires patience and commitment. It is easy and fun to create a diet plan, but it takes lots of determination to stick to it faithfully. After you have been dieting for a wee...

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