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move, move,move

At 50 years of age I discovered exercise. I started small like walking on a treadmill, then went out walking on road. Once I got that going I decided to run. Now at almost 65 I am still running. Love it and appreciate you can still be active when you get old. 5 k's rock!!

- Submitted by JAZZERCISEGENIE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 39 Comments

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Earn TV time with exercise

I make myself 'earn' minutes to watch TV or play computer games by exercising. ie, to watch 30 minutes of TV, I need 30 minutes of activity. 'activity' includes household chores, so this gets me moving, limits how much junk I watch, and gives me a dual purpose for using the vacuum.

- Submitted by TOASTIE 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Water

Drink lots of water. I found that if I drink water when I think that I am hungry , that it takes care of my hunger thoughts.
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- Submitted by SMILEY_75 3/26/2010 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment

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NEVER say DIET

If you look at this as a DIET, it's easy to find yourself failing because our weight will fluctuate (sometimes daily). I've chosen to live a healthy lifestyle--therefore each choice I make is about what's good for me. If one choice wasn't so good, that's okay because the next choice will be!

- Submitted by 15MINUTES 3/26/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 2 Comments

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Do It Your Way

Although it may not work for everybody, I know that my success has been in large part due to the fact that I designed my own food plan. Know yourself and do what you KNOW you can do for life and then work that plan. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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- Submitted by PEPCEA 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments

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Fight the negative, remember the positive

When I start feeling discouraged about my progress, I fight back by going through the list of things I have already achieved on this journey. By the time I'm done, I feel much better and ready to tackle the next hurdle in my way!
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- Submitted by GETFIT2LIVE 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Water water water

I drink half of my weight in water, I have found I am not really hungry most of the time but lacking in water so I make sure to drink at least half my weight in pure refreshing water.

- Submitted by OWNBESTFRIEND 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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letting the kids help meal plan

I usually ask my kids ages 4 and 10 what they want to have when I am making up the weekly menu. They are already very knowledgeable to making healthy choices. I figure if I ask them what they want then it is all around a win win situation.

- Submitted by PHONEBUG 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Coffee Addict

I need to give up them frappy coffees

- Submitted by BRENDABUNNY 3/26/2010 in Staying Healthy | 3 Comments

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Weight Loss Blues

If I feel cruddy about lack of weight loss, I remember how far I have come by picking up something that weighs the same amount as my loss. The gallon of milk reminds me actually how heavy five pounds can be and so on. emoticon

- Submitted by JAMGIRL8 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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