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Last week hubby brought home my fav ~ mini powdered donuts. I ate them (not all at once!) but when he next mentioned going to the store I asked for a pint of blueberries instead of the sweet, sugary donuts - about the same price but so much better!

- Submitted by A_BIT_AT_A_TIME 4/18/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Walking in Place at Work

I'm fortunate enough to work at a company that has desks that raise up, so most of the day I stand while I'm at work. Also, I will sometimes march in place while I'm typing away at my computer. Not a huge calorie burner of course, but at least it gets my circulation revved up and I get some extra steps in.

- Submitted by KCHRISTY6 4/15/2013 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Moving your body

To maintain a routine of physical activities I had to find a sport that really gives me pleasure. I always fancied 'capoeira', but I believed that to be able to train I should loose some pounds first. What a fool! I started playing 'capoeira' in August 2012 and I feel really bad when, for some reason, I can not train. Here is the tip: Find a physical activity that gives you pleasure, forget any physical limitations you may have and enjoy yourself. ;o)

- Submitted by PATILY 4/14/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Taking the "Polar Route" to the restroom

To sneak in some activity during the day at my sedentary desk job on the first floor of a three-story building, I do the following. When heading to the restroom, I go to the nearest staircase, go up to the top floor, walk across to the other side of the building, & go back down the stairs to the first floor. There I use the restroom, and then go back upstairs, back across the building, and back down to the first floor. Net result is 8 flights of stairs, done in two sets.

- Submitted by KARISTIMENOW 4/13/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Sleep - Get enough of it!

6 years ago I spent two weeks in bed & 4 weeks out of work with cranial shingles. It took 6 months to feel back in the game and I still have to manage the symptoms. Culprit-stress! I was only 43. I have taken several steps to reduce & manage stress. Besides a better diet, more exercise, & reduced commute days by working from home more, enough SLEEP has been critical. I even track my sleep in "other goals" on SP. 8 hours/night at least 5 nights/week & no less than 7 on the other 2.

- Submitted by MARYREILEY 4/11/2013 in Everything Else | 1 Comment

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keeping motivated for working out

going to the gym working out is hard. keeping motivated to do it regularly is even harder. I found an app for my phone that helps keep me motivated with set workouts that are prebuilt and I can even build my own or modify the ones there. I love it and I can schedule the workouts so I know what I am doing when I get to the gym. totally keeps me motivated and on track! FitnessBuilder is amazing and I am glad I found it.

- Submitted by CATTATONIA 4/9/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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lil helper

I dont realy care for diet pills of any kind but i have tried the rasberry ketone and it seems to realy help..its safe ..it helps u burn calories and helps get rid of pure fat wanna know more go to dr oz.com and look up rasberry keytone or green coffee bean heard it was reay good too.but there not miracale pills you still gotta diet and exercise but they do give u a lil extra help we could all use

- Submitted by CEVANS34982 4/8/2013 in Product Reviews | 0 Comments

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A little more walking

Our mail box is right across the street so when I go for the mail, I try to take a walk around the block. It is 1/3 mile so it helps.

- Submitted by FIRECOM 4/7/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Stairs

I always take the stairs instead of a ramp or elevator.

- Submitted by GRAMMAOF16 4/3/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Get moving!

I try to be moving somehow at all times. Even when I'm sitting or driving, I at least tap my foot. Something is always better than nothing!

- Submitted by AK28STAR 4/1/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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