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Keep a photo journal

Put photos either on your spark page or on your fridge or somewhere you see them often - I took one at my highest weight then added as I reached personal milestones. Visual reminders keep me motivated to keep going.

- Submitted by NANDAY 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Movin' It!

I use every opportunity to move my body. When waiting for my coffee in the morning, I do wall pushups on my kitchen counter. While waiting for my toast, I do leg lifts and knee bends. It all counts in the overall scheme of the day.

- Submitted by JEANSHEP2 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Interval training of 8 and 12 seconds

I read research done by an Australian University that showed women who swapped 30 minutes of non interval cardio for 20 minutes of 8 seconds (fast) 12 seconds (regular) on an exercise bike lost more weight. So I changed my routine and it has worked for me.

- Submitted by NANDAY 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Portion control for a busy lifestyle

On weekends, I make vegetable soup in a crockpot. I freeze individual portions to take to work for lunch. Some weeks I make chicken vegetable, other weeks my choice is beef vegetable.

- Submitted by KPACE7 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Putting together food groups

Tracking food is so important to weight loss. But it was tedious until I started putting together food groups and favorites. Now it takes me far less time. I thought I was label conscience before, but much more so now especially the calories per portion, VERY IMPORTANT! emoticon

- Submitted by MEHOPEFUL2 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Getting Your Fiber?

When I hit my first plateau, someone suggested adding fiber to the nutrition tracker. Turns out I was often under the range. Adding more sped up my progress!

- Submitted by ZELLAZM 3/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments

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Tell All!!!

Be sure to tell everyone you know!!! Not only is it great to have the support there to motivate you, but it keeps you accountable and on track if everyone knows! emoticon

- Submitted by KATHLEEN0222 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Step it up :)

How many steps can you take? I bought a pretty high quality PEDOMETER to keep track of my daily steps. I have found all kinds of ways to keep those steps moving all day long. I park further away; I take more trips to and from the car; I use my legs instead of the phone when possible, etc!

- Submitted by JUST_TRI_IT 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Can you walk there?

If you can walk to a destination and make it home with out a car (like when you pick up a few things) walk it! Or even ride your bike if you have one! If you must use your car though, you can always park faaar away to get some extra walking in. emoticon

- Submitted by TOUCHMYKEYBLADE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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coupons

I look to see if any stores accept competitors coupons so I can use a coupon no matter where I go. emoticon

- Submitted by MOMMAKNOWSBEST 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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