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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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Rest

Don't forget to get your 8 hours in. Everyone needs it.

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Schedule multiple workout times

I schedule exercise for 7 days a week. If I were to only schedule 5 days, I would never make 7 - but by scheduling 7, I will most times make 7 and rarely less than 6.

That's the principal behind my scheduling 3 workout times per day. I may not make all 3, but I will rarely skip all 3, so I ...

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Use the New Daily Planner 4 Motivation

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Add motivation to your new daily planner - I created several 'tasks' that are simply phrases to keep my goals in front of me -- phrases like 'don't quit' and 'become the woman you want to be', 'keep going' and 'no ex...

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Not a real secret

Keeping a journal is so not a secret, but I find that when I do it, I really can control my weight - however it needs control. I was very ill a year or so ago and losing weight without trying which was scary after my years of maintenance. I started keeping the journal for the first time to be sure I...

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A fitness partner

I couldn't have gone on this journey alone. My boyfriend has been by my side through this journey and keeps me motivated. We go to the gym 5 days a week and take a class together. I don't think I could go to the gym and just get on a machine for 45 minutes, that is so boring. I love our classes, yog...

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unplanned exercise my friend

I love it when I get more exercise in an unplanned way. These things used to be annoying, messes that require extra steps and effort, Digging my car out from a big snow storm, even extra toe touches picking up after my granddaughter and dogs. During the spring, summer, an...

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Ritual Habits Working for Me

I once had a habit of flossing and brushing right after supper to keep me from night eating. It got old very fast. Then I remembered that when I was weaning my son, I used to walk down to the end of our driveway where we had a Buddha statue with a cup. My boy would get out of his stroller and pour r...

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Ritual Habits Working for Me

I once had a habit of flossing and brushing right after supper to keep me from night eating. It got old very fast. Then I remembered that when I was weaning my son, I used to walk down to the end of our driveway where we had a Buddha statue with a cup. My boy would get out of his stroller and pour r...

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Satisfy a craving in small dose

Saying no forever to pastry and sweets was never in my game plan. Trying to do this would be unrealistic and a road to failure and desaster. Most of my trips into binging were after denying a craving until I can't resist anymore and then eating a full truck of it.

There was a important need t...

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Scroll Wheel Trick

I am always looking for keyboard shortcuts, rather than relying on clicks of the mouse to accomplish an action. Having had both wrists operated on for carpal tunnel syndrome, I shy away from the repetitive movement of using my index finger to click that left button on the mouse.

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Computer Generated Exercise Reminders

Exercise motivation--not my best skill. I downloaded new software, and I chose an app for my computer that signals to stretch for 15 seconds and take 10 minute breaks. I set the length of time 1-2 hours for the 10 minute breaks, and 15 seconds are about every 15 minutes. If you are really busy, th...

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