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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Stop Binging

I tend to throw in the towel and quit every time i cheated so i decided to allow myself a TREAT everyday.
My secret: I limit this treat to 100 calories. There are lots of pre-packed snacks on the market that are only 100 calories but as time goes by i will package my own.
it works!!! - Submitted by ROSEOFSHARI 4/1/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Movement Matters

For many of us the term exercise seems overwhelming when we're just getting started. Try not to think about it in terms of exercise. Get 10 minutes of MOVEMENT! Movement being - taking the stairs at work or parking further way from the door and having to walk! emoticon

- Submitted by FITGRL124 4/1/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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The 24 ounce bottle

I have tried an assortment of water bottles. I have found that a 24 ounce bottle works for me. I only have to fill it 3 times to get 9 cups of water in a day.

- Submitted by HEIDISO 3/31/2010 in Getting Started | 5 Comments

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Get Off the Computer!

One of the best ways to get started is to get off the computer - turn it off. Turn off the tv. Turn on music, and start moving! Clean your house. emoticon Garden. emoticon Work in the yard. Play with the children. emoticon Take a walk. emoticon But get off the Computer! emoticon

- Submitted by MRSJARI 3/31/2010 in Getting Started | 7 Comments

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Water Rituals

At first, 64 oz/day is daunting. Learn what works for you - a special bottle, a temperature, a time of day, a flavor stick, whatever. If it helps you to drink the water, do it.

- Submitted by JESPAH 3/31/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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8 Glasses A Day

Trying to drink 8 8 oz glasses of water a day when I first started seemed monumental and was very stressful. So I decided to start by drinking 8 2 oz glasses a day and work my way up to the 8 oz glass. Now I have no trouble drinking 12-15 8 oz glasses a day. Start small and work your way up!

- Submitted by QUEENLATIFA 3/31/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Drinking water

I have bought myself a big green container that holds water and has a little spout to keep in my frig. It helps remind me to keep drinking my 8 glasses a day. Its so much better cold than warm from the tap. It only cost $6 at walmart. The fill is on top so it doesn't leak.

- Submitted by ABALOGH 3/31/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Always have a water bottle readily available

Getting in water is one of the hardest challenges for me. I typically just don't drink a lot of fluids. So here is what I have learned to do to help. I have 2 water bottles at all times. One in front of me and one in the refrigerator.

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/30/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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frozen lemon wedges

Drink your water! And to make it go down easier and more refreshing, add a frozen lemon wedge! The lemony flavor is much better when your lemon wedge is frozen. Keep frozen wedges in the freezer in a zip-top baggie.

- Submitted by JULCOS 3/30/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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Don't delay

You're never too old to start improving your health. Start with small changes, you will feel better. Go for a walk with your spouse (or dog). Eat oatmeal for breakfast. When you are comfortable with the change then add another. Life is too short and precious not to make the most of it.

- Submitted by FULLOHOPE 3/30/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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