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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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Portion Control

and recgonizing full versus stuffed. Everything is measured, weighed, etc and now I understand what's normal versus over-eating. It's been true enlightenment.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:48 AM

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Training for marathons, or just running like I'm training for one.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 11:54 AM

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Two things:
1) eliminating snacks - if you consume extra 100 cal everyday, of course pounds will creep on you.
2) learn to love exercising. I used to have "Hate running, but love what it does to my body' approach, but now I genuinely enjoy running! Just think of yourself as a kid, kids love running around - everyone should have that inside.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:03 PM

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Finding what foods are filling, and which ones are not, and sticking to the ones that are (at least most of the time), because it's much easier to diet when it doesn't mean being hungry all the time. I used to think low fat was good, but now I don't, because fat is more filling to me than protein, and definitely moreso than carbs. If I want a burger, rather than opting for the grilled chicken to cut 100-200 calories, I'll get the burger and skip the bun, it cuts the same number of calories. And I don't feel deprived at all. You just have to figure out what the things are that you can give up without feeling deprived. For me, it was a lot of simple carbs (though I definitely don't "do" Atkins/low-carb/etc). They're just the calories that I find I need the least.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:25 PM

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Definitely counting calories (I use, and not eating off of the kids plates.

Also, I started exercising 1-3 days a week, and now I'm up at 5 days a week. If you start slow, it doesn't seem like such a big impossible thing to do. When I started running intervals (running really fast for 20 seconds, then walking for 40 seconds) I really noticed the inches coming off. Now that I think of it, that was a piece of advice I got from someone on peertrainer!!

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:32 PM

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