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Eat your pizza European-style!

Pizza is my weakness. I just can't give it up! But, I don't let it kick my a%@. I choose wisely and eat it European-style - WITH A KNIFE AND FORK! First, always choose thin crust (whole wheat if available) with light cheese and veggies for toppings (or ham if you need meat; stay away from fatty pepp...

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Find YOUR symbolism! A good symbol goes a long way for motivation!

One day during a bike ride, I found a silly band on the ground (rubber band shaped liked a dinosaur). My kids love 'em! So now I put it on my handlebars & whenever I hit a tough hill & I feel like quittin', I look at that silly band & think "what if my kids were watchin?" BOOM - pump baby pump!!

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"There is no elevator!" Neo had it right. :)

When I get in to work in the a.m., I take a trick from Neo's (the guy from The Matrix) playbook & tell myself "There is no elevator!' Just like the kid who helped Neo "free his mind" from the Matrix, I pretend my building doesn't have an elevator & happily take the stairs to my 4th-floor office!

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Chill your water before your workout! You'll...

...drink more than if it's room temperature!

I used to filter my water in the a.m. and then let it sit all day at room temp before going to the gym. I found that if I chilled the water in my office fridge during the day and then took it to the gym, I'd drink more of it chilled than not.

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Don't Like to Socialize At The Gym? Wear ...

...the biggest headphones you can find and NO one will try to chat you up through those bad boys! Just the sweat, ma'am, just the sweat!

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Listen to "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd during your Exercise Warm-up!

Nothing sets my spirit free from my busy day like "Free Bird' by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It reminds me that exercise and a healthy lifestyle will help me "travel on" and will "unchain" me from the shackles of being overweight and unhealthy. It's one of the best transitions for me from work to exercise.

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