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What is the single most important thing that has helped you lose weight?

want to pick the brains of you all, looking for a little inspiration to motivate me!!

Thu. Apr 20, 11:06am

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Counting calories, measuring portions - I could easily eat twice the amount I need if I didn't pay attention.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:07 AM

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Exercising in the morning, before breakfast. This small change has had huge results. I'm burning my fat stores, instead of my lunch. And it gives me a motivation to eat smart for the rest of the day-so that getting up early and exercising wasn't for nothing.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:24 AM

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I just discovered this one a couple days ago and it is beggining to pay off immensely.

I am a horrible picker/snacker. I can eat an enourmous amount of food just from nibbling all day long if I let myself. My husband (and the holidays) keeps bringing in high calorie foods, even against my wishes, so I have to really watch myself.

I just began asking myself everytime I reach for a cookie, chip, chocolate, whatever, how will this bite help me reach my goals? When I find myself honestly anwering "It won't" it makes it so much easier to set the junk food down. You see, when I set it down it is not because I have to but because I choose not to eat a food that isn't serving me and my dreams. There is no deprivation in my mind only a choice.

I hope this helps. Write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight and when tempatations hit ask yourself will giving into this thing help me reach the dream I have for myself.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:24 AM

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Measuring my portions and counting calories.

Nothing else I did had quite the effect of doing that. For months I measured every bite that went in my mouth and now I still do this occasionally to make sure they don't 'creep up'. It's just amazing how much an extra 100 calories here or there can add up.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:29 AM

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counting calories and weighing in regularly!

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:38 AM

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