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See it, do it.

Putting my extra bedding up this morning, I stepped up on a stool to put a blanket away. Stepping down, I decided that felt good, so why not do a few more. That got 30 reps of stair steps done in just minutes in the course of my day. Later, while waiting on eggs to cook, I did some squats. A lot of my best exercise comes when I see a short opportunity, and step up to it.

- Submitted by TRANSFORM-ABBY 7/12/2014 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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It has to be special

if something isn't over the top fantastic, truly unique, i pass it up or i think to myself, i have had that before i know how it tastes. like pudding or even a candy bar i have had a bunch of times, i already know what it tastes like. but i will treat myself to a canoli at a festival. it has to be special...also eat lots of protien

- Submitted by MOM2JTD3 6/19/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Fitting time for walking

No time for a long walk. I walk in the morning & at lunchtime, so need less time in the evening. My fit bit keeps me on track for my step goal.

- Submitted by MDFILDES 6/17/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Join a SparkPeople Team!

When you join a team, you join a whole community of people that can help keep you on track when you feel like you're falling behind. Teams also set fun goals and challenges to keep you exercising and eating healthy foods!

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 7/2/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 83 Comments
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How to Have a "Cheat Day" Without Ruining Your Progress

I used to get way off track when I allowed myself 'cheat days' on the weekends. I remedied that by cutting off my eating much earlier in the day than I normally would. I usually stop eating by 6. Now, on the weekends, I stop eating by 4. That way, I don't have to be so concerned that I'm overloading on calories when I'm not being super-careful about what I'm eating. You can only do so much damage before 4pm. It works. I've lost weight 3 weekends in a row!

- Submitted by MUTANTQUEEN 7/2/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Make A Habit

It is important to just make exercise a habit. It takes about a month of forcing yourself, but then once it is a habit, you feel funny not to do it.

- Submitted by CAROLEE1945 6/18/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Swapping coffee shop iced coffee for homemade with almond milk

I loved the iced coffee that I would buy from the "golden arches" but it isn't exactly the healthiest of drinks. I began to cold brew my own coffee (you can find info on the web on how to do it). I usually will buy some richly flavored coffee so I don't need any of the flavored syrups and I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the creaminess. It only has 40 calories for one cup and has heart healthy fat which gives it a creamy flavor.

- Submitted by MSOLSON81 2/11/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Re-read your SparkFavorites

Read again the things you've saved as favorites, like yesterday's Confessions of a Reformed Procrastnator :-), there's lots of good stuff there that is particularly meaningful to you.

- Submitted by SMILEYBEE 10/13/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Visit your local thrift store for Mud Run clothing

I am getting ready to do my first Mud Run, a type of race that is becoming more popular. I have been going to my local thrift store to search out shoes and clothing. Since I know that the items will be tossed once the race is over I am not feeling guilty about buying 'special' clothing and I am supporting a local business (which also supports our local food pantry).
I found a pair of Nike's for 50 cents!

- Submitted by SHERYL_B 9/15/2011 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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