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take thestairs

I take the stairs from parking garage

- Submitted by MIKERISI 1/20/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Buy your own dessert

If eating out and you know someone else is going to be picking up the check, I'd advise you to eat healthily and normally like you usually would. Save the dessert for the end and pay for it yourself. This delay will make you think twice as to whether its worth the money and additional calories. You may find you can get along without it. :)

- Submitted by GHOTIB 1/19/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Add extra steps

Add extra steps every day by parking (or getting off a bus) farther from the building entrance. Then, take at least one flight of stairs if you're able.

This may seem too small or trivial to matter, but it isn't! I almost always do both of these, but one day, I went to the gym with a friend and rode the elevator with her. It honestly took me longer to find my usual pace for walking!

A few extra steps and maybe a flight of stairs helps you "get started" with less effort!

- Submitted by TRESA7 1/19/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Can't get to the gym? Not a problem with these walking circles

Hi, There, SparkFriends, I want to share a secret that emerged after years of searching for a solution about how to exercise at home with no equipment when I'm recuperating from a physical set-back and need mild but regular exercise. This week, I started walking in circles around the house. Each 2-circles circuit walking fast takes exactly 1 minute. So far I've spaced out these circle walks into 10-minute increments. After 5 minutes, cardio kicks in and endorphines, too. And it's fun. emoticon

- Submitted by MFORET4 1/17/2013 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Chore Chart

I created a chore chart for my family and now everyone fights over who gets to do what chore. It makes it so easy to keep track of it and the kids can earn extra video game time, a night out, or a fun outing.

- Submitted by MOMOF3FORLIFE 1/16/2013 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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save money EVERY holiday

the day after a holiday, stores discount their prices on holiday goods usually be 30%, and on down each day after the holiday. I get greeting cards, wrapping paper, trinkets for party bags, table settings, picture frames, gifts, etc. all on clearance. I can use them for the next season, but some things you can use all year round, like table settings and cupcake papers... then next season you save time AND money.
Target, grocery stores, even Victoria's Secret!

- Submitted by LUCIG12 1/15/2013 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Meal planing

I try to making sure i plan out what ill eat for the day and when i plan on eating. If i ever feel the need to eat in between meals i evaluate how hungry i am by thinking "Would I eat a vegetable right now?" and if yes then go for the vegetable. I also make sure on my "cheat" days i count in the calories from that meal

- Submitted by REGULARSHOW 1/12/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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NEVER GIVE UP

Never give up, even on a bad day, just keep pushing to do your best. You can change, and you will change for the better if your head is held up high. Remember "You Can Do It"

- Submitted by RUNNING-TURTLE 1/11/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Don't forget

If I eat something not on my meal plan, I just adjust what I am going to eat later and not see it as a failure. We all have hurdles to jump you only fail when you don't try. Don't forget that getiing healthy is worth the effort it takes.

- Submitted by GRACED6 1/11/2013 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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When I crave a big meal...

When I'm craving a big meal I make sure I have tacos for dinner. Old El Paso Corn Crunchy Tacos = 3 hard shells for 1 serving. With only 150 calories per serving. Just make sure you fill it with good stuff. Mine usually always had kale + meat or fake meat.

- Submitted by KIMMIE-AEVIA 1/10/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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