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Keeping Busy

In the evenings after dinner I like to do a craft to keep my hands busy. Right now I'm crocheting an afghan for my husband for Christmas. I find that if I'm just sitting there while the TV is on - trying to get interested in whatever hubby might be watching, I get bored and gravitate towards the pantry, even if I'm not hungry. When I focus on something else, the pantry doesn't enter my mind.

- Submitted by PAMROPER 11/18/2010 in Staying Healthy | 3 Comments
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Wear the right size clothes in flattering colors

Wear clothes that are becoming, no matter what size you are. Choose colors that compliment you and features that hide flaws and highlight assets. Don't stuff yourself into too small clothes. As you lose, chose more fitted clothes that will help you gauge your progress and motivate you to keep the weight and inches off. At some point, a belt will become an accessory!

- Submitted by DRB13_1 11/8/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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STAY CONSISTENT!

CONSISTENCY + EFFORT = SUCCESS

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- Submitted by SIMPLEKINDAGIRL 11/7/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Quote by Nido Qubein

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” —Nido Qubein

- Submitted by NEXT30YEARS 11/1/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Connecting with SparkFriends

Staying connected with my SparkFriends keeps me positive. They are always so supportive.

- Submitted by NATPLUMMER 10/28/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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Browning Meat

Most meats can be browned without adding additional oil to the pan since they have a little fat in the meat itself. If it is extra lean, a spraying of cooking spray is all that is needed. When making soups, I brown the meat in the pan I make the soup in so I don't have to wash an additional pan. Brown meat and onions and then add the liquid and the rest of the ingredients.

- Submitted by PEGGYJEAN13 10/27/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Donate Old Running Race Trophies

I had lots of trophies from running races that I acquired through the years. So I took off the metal plate that has the age group and race info on the front to save and gave the trophy to an organization that serves special needs kids. They have events for the kids and love to be able to give them a trophy.

- Submitted by SLEEKKITTY 10/22/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Finish Each Day and Be Done With It!

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the wisest quotes I've ever read...you must let go of your mistakes and just get on with it.

- Submitted by TWO-TOO-MUCH 10/24/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 8 Comments
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Do whats good for you

You make a plan thats good for you , not what people tell you you should do , we are all different have different needs , formulate a plan covienient and just for you.

- Submitted by CATHYHASSPARK 10/18/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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Don't Compare Yourself With Others

Whether it is eating or exercising, don't compare yourself with others. Develop your goals and stick with them. In the long run they will give you the results you want.

When you compare, you will always find someone who is thinner, eats less, or exercises harder (longer, faster) than you do and you can become demoralized, leading to a downward spiral. When you follow your own chosen lifestyle, you will stay on an upward spiral.

- Submitted by DLBCONDUCTOR 10/15/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 7 Comments
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