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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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"When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place."

Making permanent change is something that requires us to have times where we doubt ourselves. It is during these times where we have a choice to move forward or regress. There were so many challenging days during my weight loss journey that made me feel as though I didn't have the strength to meet m...

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What to do After You Overeat

What to do after you've blown your calorie budget.

Letís face it: Everyone blows his or her calorie budget every now and then.

But you can forget that old saying, ďa moment on the lips, forever on the hips." You can get your eating back on track. Here's how.

First, Relax
You ...

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Use oil to keep Ticks off


Are you hiking down the trail or walking in the woods with kids or a dog? Consider putting oil on your skin first. I have found that a lightly scented body oil (I use the CVS moisturizing body oil) has kept me tick free all season long. My husband has had numerous ticks, but I have had none. ...

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The Power of Gradual

I weigh over 200 pounds. I didn't see that coming. Growing up I saw my mother and my aunts carrying around so much excess weight and remember very clearly saying "that will not be me". I didn't intend to become obese. I did notice myself beginning to gain weight. I tried periodically to take the wei...

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Eating Real Food

When you cook real food and stay away from the prepackaged man made foods, you stay full and satisfied much longer and feel so much better and in the meantime you can watch the pounds fall off. Enjoy lots of grilled meats, chicken and vegetables using real butter for satisfaction. You will find your...

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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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Workout Smarter... Not Harder

To Loose weight you do not have to work hard at it and hours at a time.. You just have to choose the exercises you enjoy doing and watch what you eat.. You don't have to be a brain surgeon... use your head..You can actually lose weight and excess body fat in just 15 minutes a day....You can do worko...

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Upgrade your Smoothie

When you need breakfast or a snack and you need it fast, it doesn't get much easier than smoothies. There is no quicker way to get your daily serving of fruit (and these days, even a dose of vegetables) into your body. along with tons of antioxidants and other nutrients. And you won't find any smoot...

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Collect your scars

Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it's about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it.

I have been swimming later at night, after the swim team, the kids, the people starting swimming, the seniors are all finished. I basically have the olympic pool to myself. It is s...

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Shirataki Noodles ó An Incredibly Healthy High-Fiber, No-Carb Food

Shirataki Noodles ó An Incredibly Healthy High-Fiber, No-Carb Food

One of the fastest ways to destroy your health is to eat a diet high in net carbs and protein and low in healthy fats. Considering the fact that 80 percent of Americans are insulin resistant and eat in this way, it's no surpri...

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A Spark pep talk

A Sparked is struggling, and wrote me a Sparkmail asking for advice. Here is what I told her. (I hope it helps!!)

First of all, I was REALLY overweight last year. I have lost over a hundred pounds in a year. How did I do it, how am I continuing, and how have I made it work....

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