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Easy Breakfasts

Take out freezer containers & put half a cup of oatmeal, a hand full of frozen blueberries or sliced strawbverries, some flax seed, a sprinkle of cinnamon and freeze them. When you want this breafast just add a cup of water and put into the microwave.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/8/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments

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Vary Your Caloric Intake

Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/16/2010 in Healthy Eating | 29 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 139 Comments

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Talk a walk each time you take a restroom break

At work I need to get up and take a restroom break a few times a day. Once I get up out of my chair I use it as a reminder to do some walking around at a quick pace before sitting back down. a quick 10 minute walk gets in some of my 10,000 daily steps and gets me energized for what I need to do next.

- Submitted by 130GRETL 5/18/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Egg and Spinach Scramble for Breakfast

Starting my day with this simple recipe, sets the tone for better choices throughout the day. The basic recipe starts with 1/3 - 1/2 C. eggwhites and 1 C baby spinach. Add fresh or leftover veggies, sauteed in spray oil. I like zucchini/summer squash, mushrooms, onion, sweet red/yellow peppers. Add some type of lean meat (like turkey breast) - 1 to 2 oz. chopped. Other great additions, pico de gallo, black olives, or parmesan cheese. Any combination makes a great start for your day.

- Submitted by ARTDOLL 5/17/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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more veggies and whole grains

2 secrets - I took large bags of frozen vegetables into individual steamer bags with just 2 cups each - you can find these near the plastic sandwich bags in most stores. That way I can pull out a bag and make a serving batch quickly with no waste. (you could do one cup instead)

- Submitted by 130GRETL 5/7/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Toothbrush squats

I have an easier time starting a new habit if I hook it to an existing habit. I always brush my teeth twice a day, so... I have an electric toothbrush that times the "clean portion for 2 minutes." I do 30 squats in those 2 minutes while I brush my teeth. Then I do balancing exercises during the 2 minute white cycle, and kegels during the 1 minute "polish" cycle. I always do these few minutes of exercise every night. It actually helps me sleep better, too. And now it's a habit.

- Submitted by JPTOWNSEND 5/6/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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My little secret

I am "secretly" attending weight watchers meetings to lose weight. This way I can eat what I want, still lose, and nobody is looking at me saying "I thought you were on a diet". It's not a diet, it's a life style change, and since nobody knows I don't have to worry about negative comments when I do eat, or mess up! emoticon

- Submitted by DIETS_SUCK 4/14/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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First thing

Instead of reaching for coffee I go my office to start with my spark coaching program, drink 16 ounces of clean water, do my planning and journaling for the day, then jump on my muscle machine and do 50 reps. I also do my prayers and devotional study. Takes me the same amount of time as making and waiting for coffee to brew. If I have time I make coffee but rarely need the jolt.
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- Submitted by KJBDOIT 4/12/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Dessert Tea

I have started drinking dessert tea after dinner and while watching tv or reading. My favorite is Stash Chocolate Hazelnut. Add a packet of Splenda and a splash of skim milk and it really does taste like dessert!

My 9-year old son is getting into it, too. We have started having "tea tastings" and keep a big jar filled with various flavors on our kitchen counter. He loves picking out his special tea every night instead of a bedtime snac

- Submitted by JAFMOM19 1/27/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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