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Easy Way to keep Track of Laps ( Swimming or Running)

if you're like me a workout is a series of numbers: calories burned on a heart rate monitor, Paces or strokes in the case of swimming, breaths, miles whatever..it gets hard to keep track of the overall goal sometimes, Especially if you are outdoors instead of on a machine that does all this for you,...

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Cut your sodium in half at breakfast and make your first meal of the day SUPER healthy with these life hacks!

I love salt! And eat WAY too much, especially as I am Southern. And ESPECIALLY AT Breakfast, But some tricky subs I have discovered have allowed me to cut it more then 50% and still enjoy all my southern morning favorites. And even better, my blood pressure has dropped from 172/116 to 135/85 and is ...

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A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR CAN BE YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR!

I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been...

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Cut Your Pasta servings in HALF with NO ONE missing the extra calories!

Make your sauce CHUNKY with LOTS of veggies( tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, spinach, squash etc) It should be like a stew..Don't let it get "runny" . Boil 1oz whole grain pasta per person and when done- use kitchen shears to snip into small pieces. Mix into sauce and divide into servings. The veggies m...

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Keep focus on things you CAN control

Sometimes the scale or the mirror don't cooperate with our preconceived expectations of where our hard work with exercise and food intake should have us - for any given time period. ( some call these plateaus) When this happens to me I focus on making sure I am giving my body what it needs..8 hours ...

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Instant workout recovery drink!

Skim Milk is reccommended by just about everyone and it is just about perfect after a workout to help you recover and to provide portein to your tired muscles. I mix 1 cup milk with 1 pack stevia and 1 teas vanilla! Tastes like Vanilla Ice cream!

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How to get in your water!

I have a huge glass(30 oz) I sit down with 1oz of baked lays tostitos and some HOT salsa! I get a serving of veggies AND I usually finish the glass- all 30 oz- by the time I'm done!

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keep critters out of flour, sugar, etc

To keep your staples free of those nasty little black bugs that love to get into flour, beans, sugar etc- once you open the bag- close it tightly with a rubber band- THEN place it inside a ziplock bag and tightly seal! You can also store similar items like partial bags of beans, different types of ...

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Free music mixes to exercise with!

There is a program called "audacity" that is a free download for any operating system. It allows you to mix your fav songs together- and it also allows you to change the tempo without making them sound like chipmunks! So you can custom mix your best music just like a DJ- and for free. Here is the ...

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what to do with leftover adobo peppers!

Adobo peppers always come in cans that have roughly a cup of peppers in each- yet recipes rarely call for more than 1 or 2 as they are so hot. Unless you make mexican every night- you're going to be wondering what to do with the ones you didn't use. With this trick you'll never throw away extra pep...

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