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change routine

cutting my calories intake, paying attention to the salt in foods, changing my exercise program, working slow because I have to, but trying more cardio and doing something, either cardio or strength every day. Before I have been doing it in spurts, not regular enough for success

- Submitted by ARTCHICK1957 7/3/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 5 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 137 Comments

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The Skinny Shopping list...foods to always have on hand

Apples, BlueBerries & Strawberries, Mushrooms, carrots Cucumber, celery, Grapefruit, oatmeal & grits, Shredded Wheat Cereal, Garbanzo & kidney beans, diced tomatoes, ground turkey, turkey breast, chicken legs,1 beef shank to make soup and cabbage, Ham Chunks, skim milk & Greek plain 9% Fage yogurt, lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, frozen broccoli, Nature's Own Honey Wheat Bread, Munster Cheese, Bordens Fat Free American Cheese, Brown rice, wild rice, Dreamfield's Pasta, canned tuna, spinach, bananas

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/23/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments

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Planning meals & eating more frequently

It has really helped me to plan my meals in advance and pack food to being with me to work. I eat 4 - 6 smaller meals thoughout the day rather than just a big lunch and dinner. The benefits? More control with my bs & successful weightloss!

- Submitted by JENN20BASS 6/17/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

- Submitted by THENORA 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 48 Comments

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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.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 90 Comments

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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!

- Submitted by DBANNIST 4/21/2010 in Weight Loss | 42 Comments

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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!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 46 Comments

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Have you tried Kefir?

Kefir is a great source of minerals like calcium & magnesium, & phosphorus, which helps the body utilize carbs, fats and proteins for cell growth, maintenance & energy. You can try Kefir over fruit or cereal, in your morning smoothie, or straight from the bottle..there is even Frozen Kefir. Kefir contains different types of beneficial bacteria than does yogurt, but tastes almost the same....it is also easier to digest and helps with fatigue. Has vitamins and minerals,protein..a good probiotic.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 6/13/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Healthy options means making healthy choices

My downfall is potato chips, crackers and chocolate. I love these! Of course, the sugar and salt don't contribute to healthy eating. The other day, I bought some "baked" potato chips that were low in fat. As I sat eating them, I read the label. Yuck - that was enough to say no to even this supposedly healthy option. My secret - don't buy them and bring them in my house to tempt me. Making healthy choices means having healthy options.

- Submitted by DHOGEBOOM1 12/3/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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65 fatcs about diabetes

I found a site with 65 facts about diabetes related problems an facts. Interesting and a must read for those really concerned about their health. May help scare anyone into staying on track.
http://facts.rando
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- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/7/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments
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