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Jillian Michaels: No More Trouble Zones/Banish Fat Boost Metabolism/30 Day Shred

3 DVDs I CANNOT live without! I have started using them in a rotation with my weight training and LOVE the immediate results. Some reviews I have read say things like "The dvds don't move fast enough for me", "JM doesn't use heavy enough weights for me", or my favorite "JM is too mean".
All you have to do is move faster, use heavier weights, and use her criticism as constructive and you will have a SERIOUS workout!

- Submitted by BANDTEACHER 9/23/2010 in Product Reviews | 2 Comments
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Daily Deals save BIG bucks!

I signed up with my email address for some of those group-buying coupon places that send you a deal a day (50% to 80% off local restaurants, spas, all kinds of stuff!), and I've made some awesome purchases for rewards and gift-giving! 99 bucks for 6 sessions of laser hair removal, for example! :)

The trick is to only buy the REALLY good deals where it's something you were budgeting for anyway, otherwise the coupons can really lure you in. Try GROUPON, LIVINGSOCIAL, etc.

- Submitted by BIGGIRL2082010 10/9/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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You can start your day over at any time...

Whether you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or can't catch a break no matter what you're doing...you can take 5 minutes. (Go outside or to the bathroom if there are others around) Concentrate on your breathing and find where you are feeling the stress in your body. emoticon

- Submitted by NURSEWHO 3/28/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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Mixing it up

I found free exercise workouts on On Demand so I can do a completely different workout everyday if I want to. Plus, On Demand sorts the workouts for you - some are Biggest Loser, Walking, even 10, 20, & 30 minute workouts. You could pick one topic/trainer each week and do only the workouts in that area. For me, it is nice to be able to choose whatever I feel like. Check to see if your cable company has On Demand Free Pass and look under Exercise TV.

- Submitted by BBRADBURN 9/17/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 6 Comments
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Don't beat yourself up

Just because you've slipped, doesn't mean the next choice you make will be a bad one. Pick up where you left off when you felt successful and motivated. You can erase mistakes.

- Submitted by SUEBAKER3 9/21/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments
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Finish Strong

I am a big fan of Jackie Warner's Thinervention show. The one thing that she i always telling the people who are trying to loose weight and become healthy is "finish strong". So when I am working out and I get tired and feel like giving up I hear her say "finish strong" and that encourages me to not only to continue but to finish. By the end am feeling great and energized!!!!

- Submitted by THEEXERCISER 9/30/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Be Realistic

Itís hard to get back on track when we've fallen off the wagon. The important thing is to be realistic when starting over. You had to work your way up to [running 2 miles a day] so don't feel discouraged if you have to work your way to that goal again. Be realistic with yourself and your workout and you will be back on track in no time!

- Submitted by MRSJOSEPH0904 9/29/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments
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Slow But Sure Wins The Race

Start off slow so you don't overwhelm yourself. Start with the basics. For the first week, concentrate on your water and healthier eating. Most don't get enough water and by not drinking enough, your body retains it and shows on the scale. The next week, concentrate on counting your calories. The week after that, add in a walk 1-3X a week...then strength training...you get the idea. If you focus on one thing at a time it will all come together in the end :)

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Stick With It

Don't focus on what the scale reports. Focus on the fact that you are healthier today than when your journey started. For me 143 was better than 168. Three months of 143 was better than one day at 168. Eventually the plateau will break, as long as you keep making healthy choices.

- Submitted by PTCAKES 9/22/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 11 Comments
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Water!

Instead of worrying about refilling a smaller water bottle multiple times in the day, keep a 1 liter bottle of water at your desk. It is small enough to carry, but large enough that you only need to fill it once more to get those 8 glasses!

- Submitted by LEXTHATCHER 4/15/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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