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Butt Dancing

As I drive to and from work I dance to the music on the radio. It started with sucking in my stomach and stretching my back and has advanced to swaying, twisting and contracting my butt. The 45 minute drive doesn't seem so long, my back no longer hurts when I drive and I am wearing a smaller size pant.

- Submitted by KARYNLYNN17 7/3/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Make it a game!

I tend to stick to anything fun. If I'm watching tv, sometimes I'll pick a word I know will occur in the show (For example, for supernatural the word is awesome). If I hear the word, I'll pause the show for a minute and do some sort of healthy exercise: jog in place, crunch, jumping jacks, or drink a glass of water if my intake is low. This helps me to stay on track.

- Submitted by BMALSUP78 7/3/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Eat more FRUIT

It's summer. Eat more in season fruit to replace sweets. It helps me to loose weight.

- Submitted by TIME2BLOOM4ME 7/3/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Taste and See!

We know that those who eat slow give their bodies time to realize satiety and eat less. I eat alone a lot and find this a challenge. Here are two ways I slow down:

1. Look at my bite before I put it in my mouth. Realize what it is and looks like. Be grateful for the benefit I am about to receive.

2. Chew for a count of 20-25, noting taste and texture.

I find I eat more slowly and actually enjoy what I am having.

- Submitted by TRANSFORM-ABBY 7/3/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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A few of my weight loss tips.

Make peace with anything that you need to. Drink mostly water. get enough sleep. exercise in the morning an before breakfast burns more fat. bath as hot as you can stand it ( don't burn yourself) helps burn fat. tell your weekly weigh in to someone keeps you motivated/accountable. do mostly cardio. use some weights. use a tape measure track that way too. watch motivating videos often. get an exercise buddy. move to your favorite songs. don't deny yourself treats, but watch how often/portions.

- Submitted by MISSTIGERESS 7/3/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Standing instead of sitting while working on my computer

I raised up my desk so my Computer Monitor is at eye level when standing. Fewer lower back tightness and I can move around more this way.

- Submitted by CYNCOOPER 7/2/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Set Timer when sitting

I set a timer for 30 minutes when I sit down. When It goes off, I've got to get up and move for 10.

- Submitted by MOMOPWRS 7/2/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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One size larger

I have a pair of pants one size larger than my current size so I'll now how it feels to have loose clothing - then I can imagine better what it will feel like to be at my goal size. emoticon

- Submitted by LIZ-GS 7/1/2014 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Give yourself a Goodie

Every time you succeed in doing something you struggle with doing (EX. exercising, drinking daily quota of water, avoiding fattening foods) give yourself a Spark Goodie and send a message telling yourself how proud you are of your accomplishment.

- Submitted by MOMALDERMAN1 7/1/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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500 reps

Through out the day I randomly jog in place or do marching , I keep counting my steps until they reach 500 . It is an easy way to fit in a bit of calorie burning here and there !

- Submitted by KYLIECAT1 6/30/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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