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ask for help!!

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Be active and entertained and inspired at the same time

Truth be told, I've never been an out-doors-y kind of person.
Sports and exercise have never brought me a joy and satisfaction of their own. So it was easy for me to gain weight over the years.
I have found that I love getting my cardio and my strength t...

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Uninterrupted Quiet Time

Every morning before I go to work (no exceptions), I make tea, light an incense stick, sit at my little self made altar, and I focus on my breathing, read inspirational literature, and write. This has made a huge difference in my life. No matter what kind of anxiety I wake up with, I always feel re...

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Keep Coming Back

When I get off the program, stop my tracking and lose my motivation- I just keep coming back to it, starting over if need be. I am stubborn, I'll just keep coming back to it, over and over if need be, until I get things right. I have to persist, until I am able to truly be consistent and reliable. ...

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I'm not hungry, I'm thirsty

Every time I feel hunger pangs, I remember what a doctor friend of mine told me, "98% of all hunger is thirst". I drink a large glass of water and those hunger pangs go away. And I get all my water consumption in for the day.

So many of us do not drink enough water to keep our bodies hydra...

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My Doggies' walk

Walking with my two dogs and my music brings me the greatest pleasure. I let them off the leash when no one is around and watch them run and leap just like they're little puppies. They're not, both 13 years old, think they're great hunters. They're not. I can see a deer a few feet in front of me and...

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Cherish the little victories

As I was gaining weight I didn't pay attention to loosing the ability to some things comfortably. When did I stop being able to sit cross legged? When did running become such a chore? Where did my toes go? How did I not notice that gaining weight was taking away my ability to do things I used to ...

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Positive Family and Friends

One of my stress busters to is to take 5-10 minutes and talk to a positive friend or family member. It can be in person, but usually it is over the phone for accessibility. In a culture where we are increasingly isolated I think we forget the power of community and relationships. It is amazing ho...

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Fitting exercise in when you work

Exercising every day is very important to me in my weight loss journey, but more importantly, exercising helps to pull in and tone my muscles
and shimmy off excess inches. I'm leaner, have better balance and more stamina. Additionally, I have more patience and enjoy my daily activities more.

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Sneaky Little Workouts and Stretches While working and walking the pup

Wow after reading about ways to sneak in exercise, I realize that I had been sneaking in ab work all the time. At work, my chair has the back that when unlocked it allows me to lean back and forward. I really focus on my abs when I do this. I also have that same kind of chair at home...

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Chew, Chew, Chew

I have seen this a few times in various weight management plans and have put it to work in my lifestyle changes and live-it (I am not on a die-it). I chew every mouth full of food at least 22 times.

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