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52 Hike Challenge

I've found that having challenges with clear, concrete goals helps me to stay motivated on my fitness journey. For anyone who is interested in getting outdoors, getting fit, and working towards a goal... let me introduce to you the 52 Hike Challenge.

The 52 Hike Challenge is a challenge to do...

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The secret of success is commitment.

The secret of success is commitment.
and persistence.
not necessarily daily, but you have to want to change your health, and then limit intake of empty calories, eat healthy foods, and increase burning calories by exercise. Training in mindfulness, balance, and stamina help.

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Consistently Eating Well

Food prep on Sunday: chop all veggies, make a protein to last all week, and have it ready to assemble in the fridge--an at-home salad bar!
The harder chopped veggies go in one bowl and softer ones in another to help keep them fresh longer. Same goes for leafy greens--I wash and pat them dry wit...

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Starting the day with exercise

This is my plug for starting the day with exercise. The caveat is that any exercise, done at whatever time is most convenient to you is by FAR more beneficial than no exercise at all. That said, here goes.
When I wake in the morning, I look forward to the exercise I planned for the day because ...

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Working for a cheat day

I have found success giving myself one cheat day a month. It helps me avoid falling out of the good habits because I know my cheat day is coming. I usually make it a holiday or birthday, so I don't feel left out when the big days come along. On my cheat day I can eat whatever I want, in moderatio...

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Fit Bit Flex

I finally purchases a Fit Bit and we are inseparable. I love it! I have managed to get over 10,000 steps per day on multiple days now.

I also typically exceed my step goal of 8,000 per day which I thought was going to be difficult. I am whittling my middle and can see it slimming dow...

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Refuse to give up

You know when you are young your body burns off everything you can eat anything do anything and it is no big deal it copes quickly. Then you hit middle age and the weight comes and stays. It is a blow to the ego. It zaps all your pride because everything changes. After the shock of not being able ...

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The Long Game

Just do not quit, keep making small adjustments and little by little eliminate unhealthy foods permanently. I started out cutting back on sweets and fried foods, eventually cutting out all soda, candy, and junk food. My weight loss was slow and I fell off the wagon repeatedly. At one point I was on ...

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Find Your Truth With Sparkpeople

You are not alone. Whatever you are going through someone has gone through it. Look to see how they dealt with the situation. You can learn from them even if, they made mistakes along the way. You might even avoid those pitfalls because they were brave enough to be vulnerable and share their struggl...

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Make exercise a priority!

I realized that if I don't work out first thing in the morning, it's not gonna happen. So, I get up at 4:30 each weekday morning before work. It is not easy, but it has been working (3 weeks so far) and I am working out for 45 minutes each time.

Planning is key for me. I have a recurring ala...

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