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    Inspire mouthwatering satisfaction with a low-calorie pasta revelation. Delicious zucchini noodles will transform your Chicken Fettuccine into a gourmet veggie delight. 
     
    Ingredients: 
    Jenny Craig Chicken Fettuccine 1 zucchini  1 tomato, diced 2 garlic cloves  1/3 cup steamed spinach  1/4 tsp sea salt  1 bay leaf  parsley, chopped nonstick cooking spray (optional)  2 tbsp water  Spiral vegetable slicer   
    Directions: 
    1. Use spiral vegetable slicer or mandolin to turn zucchini into fettuccine-like noodles. 
    2. Place zucchini noodles in microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
    3. In a pan, mix the spinach and garlic together. 
    4. Over medium heat, add the tomato and seasonings, stir to combine. 
    5. Add water and heat for 2-3 minutes until tomato breaks down. Add zucchini noodles. 
    6. Prepare Chicken Fettuccine as directed and add to the pan, stirring well. 
    7. Remove bay leaf and serve with fresh parsley on top. 
     
    Per serving
    Chicken Fettuccine (2 starch, 2 protein)
    + 3 Veg
    6 Free Foods  
     
    Submitted by Lauren D. from Staten Island, New York 

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    Perfect Vegetable and Spices Pairing

    By Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

     
    To add more flavor to your veggies, you don't have to add butter or salt! Often, the perfect seasoning can really bring out the flavor, making other additives unnecessary. You can add herbs and spices prior to roasting, steaming or grilling your favorite vegetables. 
     

     
     

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    When it comes to your health, you and your doctor are a team, but, whether you’re nervous, shy or uncomfortable, it isn’t always easy talking to your doctor. Speaking up about your health is vital for a solid partnership with your doctor and for the right personal care. With your health in mind, make the most of your time in the exam room with these six tips for effectively communicating with your doctor.
     

    Write it down
    Come prepared with a list of questions and concerns about your health. It’s easy to get caught up in the appointment and forget to ask about specific concerns, especially if you get nervous or are flustered. Write down whatever has been bothering you, list out your symptoms and prioritize your concerns and questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question. 
    No embarrassment
    Some things are just plain awkward to ask about, but, trust us, your doctor has heard it all. If you’re feeling timid or shy to broach a particular symptom or subject about your health, don’t be. You doctor has been trained to handle potentially sensitive health care issues professionally. When it comes to your health, be straightforward and honest, so that you can receive the right care for any personal matter. 
    Take notes
    Just as you prepared before your appointment by writing down questions, symptoms, or concerns, bring your smartphone or notepad with you to jot down suggestions from your doctor during your appointment. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the conversation and forget just what the doctor said. 
     

    Bring support
    It’s okay to bring someone you trust along with you to your appointment. Having a support person there can relieve some anxiety you have about visiting with your doctor and can also advocate for your health. A parent, spouse, or sibling might think of questions you hadn’t considered and see it from a different perspective. 
    Learn all you can
    Collect all the information you can during your appointment. If you don’t understand your diagnosis, ask questions until you do. Request for all the information you can get your hands on–printed material from the doctor or other resources the doctor trusts and recommends. 
    Contact later
    Your time is limited with your doctor in the exam room, so make the most of today’s technology. Get contact information from your doctor on the best way to reach them post-appointment. Many offices today allow for patient-doctor communication through a patient portal website that also contains your medical records. It’s okay if you forget to ask a question or have follow-up concerns regarding your health–just reach out to them after your appointment. 
     

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    Enjoy this easy and minty recipe just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  
     
    JENNY CRAIG’S LUCKY SHAKE 
     
    Ingredients:
    Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake 1/2  frozen banana  1/2 cup ice cubes  1/2 tsp or more to taste of mint extract  5 drops of green food coloring, or more to enhance color*  2 Tbsp whipped topping Garnish with fresh mint sprigs   Directions:
    1.       Add Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake, banana, ice cubes, mint extract and food coloring* into a blender. 
    2.       Blend on high speed until smooth.
    3.       Top with whipped topping.
    4.       Garnish with mint sprigs.
    5.       Serve with a straw.
     
    Exchanges per serving:
    Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake (1 Milk) + 1 Fruit + 1 Limited Free Food
    *For a version of this drink without using food coloring, try tossing in a handful of naturally green spinach instead!
     
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    JENNY CRAIG’S CHOCOLATE LUCKY SHAKE 
     
    Ingredients:
    Jenny Craig Chocolate Dream Shake 1/2  frozen banana  1/2 cup ice cubes  1/2 tsp or more to taste of mint extract  2 Tbsp whipped topping Garnish with fresh mint sprigs  
    Directions:
    1.       Add Jenny Craig Chocolate Dream Shake, banana, ice cubes, and mint extract into a blender. 
    2.       Blend on high speed until smooth.
    3.       Top with whipped topping.
    4.       Garnish with mint sprigs.
    5.       Serve with a straw.
     
    Exchanges per serving:
    Jenny Craig Chocolate Dream Shake (1 Milk) + 1 Fruit + 1 Limited Free Food
     

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    We’ve all had those days when things just don’t seem to be going our way. When you’re frustrated, tired and feeling like you will never find success, don’t give up. Train your brain to power through and creatively spark your will to reach your goals. Check out these seven inspiring mind hacks to stay motivated.
    No judgment
    First and most importantly, be kind to yourself. Let go of being perfect as we’re all human. One lapse does not mean it’s the end of the road for your weight loss journey. Instead of criticizing yourself, decide that you can make choices at your next meal that support your goals. 
    Reach mini-milestones

    That goal to lose 30 pounds by your birthday seems pretty daunting, right? Instead of feeling overwhelmed, try setting attainable mini-milestones that will help you reach your big goal. Pull out a weekly planner and write down goals you can accomplish in one week. For example, aim to take the stairs up to your office every day. The next week, tell yourself you will incorporate vegetables in every meal. Each time you reach a small goal, you are forming positive habits and will be one step closer to a healthier, fitter you.
    Treat yourself
    The big reward, of course, is feeling happier, looking great, and taking care of yourself, but treating yourself throughout your weight loss journey can help you stay motivated along the way. Choose monthly non-food rewards, such as a new outfit, a manicure, or tickets to a concert, as a way to boost your confidence and your motivation. 
    Find support

     
    Your Jenny Craig consultant is like having a supportive coach along with you for the journey. Connect with them each week, as your consultant is there to guide you through your trials and your weight loss wins. Additionally, find support from those closest to you–talk to your friends and family about your new, healthier lifestyle. Get even more positive motivation and inspiration by connecting with other Jenny Craig members on the Jenny Craig Facebook page or by visiting the Jenny Craig community.
    Try something new
    If you’re stuck in a routine that has you yawning, try something new. Renew your will to reach your goals by refreshing your menu with new, fresh foods and trying a healthy recipe. Kick up your workout by trying a new fitness routine or workout class. 
    Test yourself
    Stay motivated by giving yourself a test. If you feel like giving up, ask yourself: If I stop now, what will my health be like? and What will I look and feel like in 6 months if I do keep going? Your answers will remind help yourself of why you even set a goal.
     

    Clear the closet
    Progress is more than just a decreasing number on the scale. Take an afternoon to inspire yourself to keep going by cleaning out the clutter in your closet, and by clutter, we mean all of those clothes that are now too big for you. Try on pieces and if they no longer fit, throw it in a box to donate. Actually seeing that you are accomplishing your goals is excellent motivation–and a good excuse to reward yourself with a little shopping.
     

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    7 Healthy Alternatives to Coffee

    By Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


    You may hear a typical morning routine begin with waking up, getting dressed for the day and then heading out for a big cup of coffee. Many times, coffee drinkers opt for the larger cups with added flavors, like vanilla, hazelnut or chocolate, which can hinder weight loss due to the added sugar and calories. Sometimes, the coffee may seem so filling on its own, people may skip eating breakfast to focus on other things!
    While we don't encourage drinking coffee with sugar, Jenny Craig members may drink coffee with a splash of fat-free or non-dairy milk to make it more palatable. If you’ve been relying too much on coffee or want to avoid the possible afternoon caffeine crash, here are five alternatives to coffee in the morning to give you an energy boost:
    Get adequate sleep
    This is obvious, and can affect your health and weight loss. A good night’s rest can lead toward a good morning. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Getting a full night’s sleep can serve as a great alternative to coffee, giving you the same energy without the need for caffeine.
    Create a new morning routine
    A morning ritual that allows you to ease into your day can be an added perk like your coffee. If you wake up early you have time to check the news, read a book and/or explore lots of new options you wouldn’t normally have time to do.
    Drink tea
    Tea is delicious and can be an excellent coffee substitute with less caffeine. Many teas are naturally flavored via the leaves, fruits and/or berries. Black tea, white tea and green tea take about 3-5 minutes to steep depending on the variety, and have less caffeine than coffee. In addition, some tea beverages contain antioxidants associated with health benefits. Decaf, iced or herbal, the options are numerous to explore.
    Lemon Water
    Not a fan of tea? Another coffee alternative is warm lemon water. While this may not give you the boost that coffee does, it is quite soothing and has some benefits. Warm water with lemon may aid digestion, helps you stay hydrated, and gives you some Vitamin C and potassium at the same time. The next time you are thinking coffee, try warm or hot water with lemon instead for a change of your morning routine.
    Stretch
    Start your morning off with an invigorating stretching session. It will not only wake up your body, but stretching has also been associated with improved circulation, stress relief and increased flexibility. Just a few minutes of stretching every morning may be enough to help you gain those benefits.
    Eat breakfast
    Skipping breakfast is an unfortunate choice for some people to save calories. Don’t follow suit. Eating breakfast provides the nutrients that will help jumpstart your day and keep you focused with enough energy for your morning. If you live an on-the-go lifestyle, heat up our Turkey Bacon & Egg White Sandwich for a protein-filled breakfast, or stash a few packets of oatmeal, like our Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, in your desk drawer.
    Take a walk
    An afternoon walk may help relieve afternoon caffeine cravings. Going outside and getting your body moving allows you to refresh your mind and prepare for whatever you do next. You can also take a moment for some light stretching before heading to a meeting and then afterwards, extend that stretch into a walk later in the day.
    Morning routines set the mood for the rest of the day. Finding some energy boosting coffee alternatives to keep your routine exciting and fun can help lead toward successful choices throughout the rest of the day.
     
    [SOURCES]
    https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times
     


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    Tips to Get More Sleep

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


    Can a good night's sleep help you lose weight? Most likely, YES! When you get enough sleep, your body is better able to regulate the hormones that make you feel hungry and full. People who get irregular sleep, like shift workers, tend to have their metabolism thrown off due to the irregular hours, which can lead to an increased risk for diabetes and weight gain.
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also noted that one reason sleep could be linked to weight is that fatigue leads to lower physical activity and excess eating. While staying up working means you may get more accomplished throughout the day, depriving your body of sleep doesn’t allow for you to recover from the day’s activities, which includes exercise and digestion. When you sleep, your body is doing nothing except focusing on recovering and preparing you for the next day.
    For adults, the National Sleep Foundation recommends about 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Here are some tips on how you can get some shuteye earlier:
    Limit computer, TV and cellphone time before bed.
    The light from these electronic devices, as well as whatever is on, may cause anxiety, stress or excitement that may prevent going to bed sooner. Try to get away from these devices at least an hour before you want to go to bed.
    Make your bed a place of rest.
    Invest in sheets and pillows that will make your bed a welcome space to be in. This also means don’t bring your work into bed with you so you can truly let your brain unwind from the day’s events.
    Evaluate your bedroom.
    Depending on where you live, you may hear traffic outside, see the bright lights of a cityscape or have a room that may be too hot or cold depending on the season. Look into curtains, white noise machines, fans, etc. to create a space that allows you to be comfortable before bedtime.
    Making your health a priority means making smart decisions, like getting enough sleep, for well-rounded success. Nutrition is part of this equation, and Jenny Craig would love to help! Continue to check back for more helpful articles. If you would like to learn about how Jenny Craig can help you achieve your weight-loss goals, find a center near you or call 866-706-4042 today.
     
     
    [SOURCES]
    http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/weight-loss/your-health-and-your-weight/make-sleep-a-priority
    http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/weight-loss/overweight-and-obesity/key-to-healthy-weight-sleep
    https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-tools-tips/healthy-sleep-tips
    https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times
     
     
     

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    A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine1 recognized Jenny Craig as a potential treatment against obesity through its weight loss and weight management program. Further, the study "Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity" underscores the key elements of treating obesity which include live counseling, a low-calorie diet, physical activity and behavior modification – all of which are fundamental elements of the Jenny Craig program. Obesity is a leading cause of chronic diseases.
    Within the study, researchers Dr. Heymsfield and Dr. Wadden provide a thorough review of the causes, health consequences and treatment of obesity. Their review underscores the complexity of the condition and the challenge its epidemic proportions present to the healthcare system.
    "We are gratified that Jenny Craig was specifically named as a commercial program for physician referral. The study is further validation of the importance of regular contact with a trained counselor to provide behavioral strategies, set goals and engage in problem solving for both weight loss and weight maintenance. All of these are key components of our one-on-one personalized approach," said Monty Sharma, CEO of Jenny Craig.
    In particular, the study references that a commercial weight loss program, such as Jenny Craig, can be prescribed by physicians if the program's safety and efficacy have been reported in peer-reviewed journals as is the case with Jenny Craig. According to obesity researcher and Jenny Craig Science Advisor Frank Greenway, MD, "Most physicians recognize obesity as a chronic disease. They recommend diet and exercise for weight management, but need referral resources to support their patients to succeed. The highly respected New England Journal of Medicine recommends that referrals be made to weight loss programs that have evidence of safe and effective weight loss published in high-quality medical journals. Only two programs were mentioned as fulfilling that criteria and Jenny Craig was one of those."
    For more information, visit the full press release. 
     
    1Heymsfield, Steven B. & Wadden, Thomas A. Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity. (2017). New England Journal of Medicine, 376:254-266. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1514009
     
     

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    Smart Food Tactics to Shave off Calories

    By Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


    You may already be choosing to eat healthier alternatives throughout the day, but some of your choices may be adding more calories than you think! Once eating leafy greens, lean proteins and whole grains feels like second nature, it’s time to focus on the smaller choices you make throughout the day that may be inhibiting your weight loss or weight maintenance plans. Let’s look at a few food tactics to shave off calories.
    Drink up!
    Thirst and hunger signals can be confused as one for the other since the same part of the brain figures out both! Instead, save some calories by drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes before eating anything. You could also pair water with a light snack like veggie sticks that you can enjoy with Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers. This will help you curb calories by making you feel fuller faster.
    Eat Mindfully.

    Utilizing mindful eating practices allows you to slow down and savor the flavors of your meal. This prevents you from overeating and controls cravings. Small steps such as eliminating distraction when eating, acknowledging the flavors of the food and stopping when you feel satisfied, can cut calories and reframe your relationship with food.  
    Measure your condiments.
    Condiments are delicious and easy flavor boosters. That being said, you can shave off calories by paying attention to the fat content and serving size. While some condiments, such as ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce, are considered unlimited, others such as barbeque sauce, salad dressing and some spreads, like cream cheese or mayonnaise, are categorized as limited items in the Jenny Craig program. Limited items contain less than 35 calories per one tablespoon serving, and our list has options that can be mixed and matched. To control total calories, add in no more than three servings of limited free foods per day.
    To make it easy, take advantage of Jenny Craig’s pre-portioned condiments, like our Lite Table Syrup that are delicious with our whole wheat Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage or our Balsamic, Ranch and Salsa Ranch Dressings that are light in fat, but big on flavor.
    Eat snacks.
    Snacks are the bridge from one meal to the next, and provide energy between the hours of eating larger meals. Look for snacks that offer protein, fiber and vitamins like our Chocolate Dream Shake that can be a delightful post-workout snack, or our Yogurt Dream Bar for a bit of crunch that will last you until lunch or dinner.
     
     
    [SOURCES]
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/441564-difference-between-being-hungry-and-thirsty/
    http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/eating-to-boost-energy
     
     
     

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    5 easy ways to maximize your movement

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


     
    Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to work out? Is your schedule maxed out with no time for you? Relax and remember that every step counts. Every time you move your body, you burn calories. When you walk the dog, clean the house or run errands you could be getting closer to your weight loss goal.
     
    Here are five easy tips to maximize the activities you're already doing:
     
    1.    When cleaning, put on some fast music and move to the groove. You might finish the cleaning more quickly, freeing up your time for something else. And you'll be burning more calories to help you lose weight.
     
    2.    You burn more calories standing than sitting, so take standing breaks whenever you can. You could also try standing up during conference calls.
     
    3.    Take the long way to the bathroom or kitchen. Always take the stairs between floors. Try to squeeze in a 10-minute walk on your lunch break. You'll clear your mind as well as burn some calories.
     
    4.    When running errands, park as far away from the entrance of the store as you can, and power walk in and out. When the kids do their after-school activities, why not get involved too? You can walk around the field or area outside their class while they are occupied. Make it your habit to keep moving whenever possible.
     
    5.    No time to get to a class or the gym? Workout at home with an exercise DVD, resistance bands or free weights.  You can even use a simple chair for some triceps work!
     
    Remember, any activity is good activity. Look for little ways to burn a few extra calories every day and it will add up to feeling better and getting you closer to your weight loss goals.
     
     
     

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    Since 1983, Jenny Craig has changed lives around the world. The company was built on the belief that successful weight loss and weight management can be achieved through a supportive consultant and healthy and delicious food. Mrs. Jenny Craig co-founded the company 34 years ago with her late husband, Sid Craig.
    Mrs. Craig began to realize the need for weight loss services after the birth of her first child when she found she had gained weight. Through her own combination of diet and exercise, she shed the baby weight, but found there weren't enough options for people who wanted to lose weight in a supportive environment. Mrs. Craig had worked at a local gym where she developed an interest in weight loss and nutrition. This interest eventually led to the opening of her own gym, and then in 1983, her first Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center. Mrs. Craig took what she learned through her own weight loss journey and years of working in the weight loss industry to create a comprehensive approach to weight loss.
    Today, there are more than 500 locations in North America and the Jenny Craig brand continues to help people reach their weight loss goal. In fact, an independent study in Annals of Internal Medicine* ranked Jenny Craig as one of the most effective weight loss programs due to the fact it resulted in greater weight loss at 12 months than those assigned to control groups. Additionally, Jenny Craig has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Weight Loss Diet Plans for the seventh year in a row, as well as a top diet for Fast Weight Loss and Easy Weight Loss.
    No other weight loss solution compares to Jenny Craig’s premium personal support plus worry-free eating that includes delicious, real food. Anniversaries and deals like this don’t come around that often so act now. Let’s start your journey together.
     
    *Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:501-512. doi:10.7326/M14-2238
     
     

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    JENNY CRAIG FOR NEW MOMS

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


    New moms have a lot on their plates—and in addition to tending to your baby and your own health, you may also want to start losing some baby weight. Over the years, our consultants have fielded countless questions about when and how to start this particular kind of weight loss journey. The good news is that Jenny Craig can help you with your weight loss after the birth…as well as a few other things you might not even expect!
     
    When to join
    As a new mom, you are welcome to join or rejoin Jenny Craig once your baby is six weeks old. Nursing mothers typically follow an 1800 calorie or higher menu to meet increased calorie requirements and will be advised to limit weight loss to ½ to 1 pound per week. 
     
    Easy, tasty and healthy food
    The Jenny Craig program was designed to take the guesswork (and the hassle) out of weight loss. But as it turns out, many of our new-mom clients have discovered that our easy, nutritious and tasty menu is a life-saver during those sleep-deprived early months. Your consultant is there to help you arrange your day to ensure you get in all the foods you need to lose weight healthfully and have the energy you need as a new mom. The best way to take care of your new baby is to take care yourself and Jenny Craig makes that much easier. Take away the time with food prep and you gain the time to really enjoy this precious time in your life with your new baby.
     
    Get into the routine
    Many of our new-mom clients have noticed yet another benefit of joining Jenny Craig: The establishment of a routine. During the early months, the baby’s just beginning to establish a feeding and sleeping schedule and it takes a while for it to settle into a rhythm and while that is working itself out, you can rely on the Jenny Craig menu with its three regular meals and snacks to create an anchor in your day that can be easily adjusted to your newborn’s variable schedule. 
     
    Empowering YOU
    How can something so small change your life so completely? Believe us: It can. But by entrusting Jenny Craig with your weight loss journey, you’re taking control of your weight and your health, too. Not only will it feel great to get out of those maternity clothes, you should also feel good about giving your body the nutrition it needs to stay active and energetic—two words that will soon describe your bundle of joy.
     
     
     

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    5 WAYS TO BREAK BAD HABITS

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


    Leaving the dishes for days in the sink, interrupting others or even sleeping through the alarm. We all have some bad habits, sometimes they can just be small and a point of humor for family and friends, but others such as eating fast food all the time, not exercising or frequently working late can affect your health and your happiness. It’s always a good time to work on getting rid of pesky habits and work toward being the happiest and healthiest version of you. Here are some tips to get you started:
    Identify the root and acknowledge the issue
    Habits exist because there is a trigger or behavioral trend that you react to. It could be stress, boredom, depression or even laziness. By identifying why you fall back on this habit, you will be able to acknowledge the issue and devise a plan to change to a more positive reaction or trigger. For example; if you eat mindlessly when you are bored and watching TV, identify the impulse to reach for a snack and instead, do a few simple exercises like jumping jacks in front of the TV. You will establish a new routine and increase your fitness, not your waistline.
    Give yourself time
    Research shows that it can take three months to fully establish new habits and break old ones. While that may seem like a long haul, every day is one step closer to a new you and it will get easier with every passing day. You also don’t need to try to do it all at once. Start with one key change and work toward it. Once you feel more confident, add another one to the list.
    Create a plan and write it down
    The best laid plans are the ones that are indeed planned, so sit down and make a plan for the changes you want to make and devise steps on how to achieve them. You will feel more in-control and confident with a clear plan of attack and those bad habits won’t stand a chance.
    Treat yourself when you succeed
    We all know we are more likely to succeed if there is a tangible reward at the end, so when planning your changes set yourself a reward when you hit the one, two and three month marks. Things like a pedicure or getting your hair blown out can be fun non-food rewards.
    Allow for slips
    No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes and slips off. By understanding there will be times you fall off the wagon, you can better prepare yourself to get right back on. One bad day does not equal failure, keep going and keep challenging yourself to do better.
     
     

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