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

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Reclaim your Time

If you feel like you are overwhelmed and don't have time to get everything done, break it up into 60s segments. This is also great if you aren't feeling motivated- after all, we can all manage to do something, no matter how much we hate it, for just a minute.

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Exercise as easy as 1, 2, 3

Start with just 10 minutes the first day. Add 1 minute the next day for a total of 11 minutes. * Each day just add 1 minute to your total. When you reach 15 minutes - spend a couple of days there then start adding the 1 minute each day again. Repeat from * for 20, 25 and 30 minutes.

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HATE WATER?

I do not like water so I get the CRYSTAL LIGHT-ON THE GO PACKETS. I use a 32 oz. bottle with ice so as the ice melts it will dilute the mix and also keeps it cold.

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H2O

Instead of a huge bottle of water or a big glass I use a smaller glass for water at work. It forces me to stand up and refill several times a day, rather than having everything at my fingertips.

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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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. Garden. Work in the yard. Play with the children. Take a walk. But get off the Computer!

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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.

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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!

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