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Beat Nighttime Snacking Disasters!

In my nutrition tracker I created a "food" named SNACK, with 200 calories. Each morning, I immediately log in 1 serving of SNACK and put it in my Snack area. That way, 200 cal immedialely figures in my total. So if I do eat at night, what I choose is likely accounted for. If not, I'm still ok!

- Submitted by TIPPIMITCHELL 4/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Eat breakfast

Make sure you eat a complete breakfast so that you are not tempted to eat more inbetween meals. I like to have a bowl of oatmeal, nuts and fruit- that does the trick for me.

- Submitted by EGGENS 4/9/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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Movie Night/Tv snacking secret

Buy 100 calorie packs of kettle corn, and add splenda & onion powder for a "vadalia onion" flavored popcorn. Or even better, snack on a huge bowl of grapes instead of popcorn.

- Submitted by KRISSYRD 4/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Dislike fruits/veggies? make smoothies & stir fry's!

Turn your veggies into smoothies, and have a smoothie with nearly every meal (add different fruits each time). For extra yum, add splenda to your smoothies & soy milk they'll taste like milk shakes! Also, you can add a handful of spinich to most fruit smoothies without being able to taste it!

- Submitted by KRISSYRD 4/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Mind Over Matter

People say if you don't mind it does not matter.
In my journey to health and wellness I have learned I do mind it it does matter. This reminder every day helps keep me motivated. It helps me put my life in perspective that I am the most important person to me. emoticon

- Submitted by TRISH106 4/9/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Cleaning Cast Iron

To clean cast iron cookware use a dime sized amount of dish washing liquid along with a tablespoon of course salt and a few drops of water (use a damp papertowel or dish cloth). It scrubs thru stuck on particles and is less corrosive than using soap pads. Works on other dishes and cookware as well.

- Submitted by TIWEENY1 4/9/2010 in Around The House | 7 Comments

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Get Ready for Bed

I'm not a morning person, so it's hard for me to pack a healthy lunch without being rushed. So, I take a few minutes before I go to bed to get my breakfast ready, pack my lunch, lay out my clothes for the next day, and say my prayers. It's amazing how much more smoothly the morning will go!

- Submitted by MSMICHAL 4/9/2010 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments

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If you're going to overdo something, overdo everything

This sounds strange, but the idea is that if you're really going to push yourself on a given day (e.g. doing 2 hours of cardio instead of 1), make sure you overdo your normal water intake and calorie intake too. We tend not to, thinking that the extra exercise will burn off more weight.

- Submitted by ALANOFLINY 4/9/2010 in Staying Healthy | 5 Comments

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I'm Small Not Tall

After marriage I started to eat the larger portions like my 6'2" husband and I'm 5'3" well... I gained 40 pounds!! Since starting Spark as I'm filling my plate I remind myself to keep the portions with in reason by telling myself "I'm small, not tall." emoticon

- Submitted by MAGDAVIS4458 4/9/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Follow a Routine

I purchased new workout DVD's on the TV and it has really helped kickstart my new workout regiment! emoticon

- Submitted by ACTRDREAMR 4/9/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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