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After being on SP more than I year, I just now discovered the Fitness Map. I love it! Instead of preplanning a route with my car's odometer, I can track how many miles I walk by using this feature. I encourage everyone to try it, especially for C25K or 5K Your Way. Very easy! Go to Fitness and click on "Map Your Route". This will even give you calories burned and your speed.
When I feel really stressed or depressed, it always helps me to "look up". Literally. I find that looking at the sky for a few minutes helps me realize how small my problems are and inevitably cheers me up with the beauty and majesty of it.
I purchased One-a-Day Teenage Vitamins for Her and One-A-Day Teenage Vitamins for Him for my two teenagers. I can't testify to whether these vitamins have an adequate balance of nutrients, but I will say that I will NOT purchase these again because of the amount of food coloring in them. The boy's vitamin is really saturated with dark blue food coloring, and the girls is hot pink. I am disappointed they chose to add so much dye to what are supposed to be healthy products.
If you are looking for a DVD for stretching and/or flexibility, I HIGHLY recommend "TotalBody Stretch by Tammilee ". The full body stretch workout is broken into 3 sections (standing, sitting, or floor). You can do all of them or just one at a time. There is also a stretching workout just for flexibility. This DVD is so relaxing! Tamilee has such a calming voice, and in the background is the ocean and soft piano music. She does a great job of explaining how to do each stretch. A++++
Sometimes regular oatmeal can be really boring. I like to change it up a bit by using Quaker instant lower-sugar oatmeal and mixing it with crushed pineapple (with juice) instead of water. If you throw in a few nuts for protein, it tastes kind of like a pineapple crisp, but is a filling and healthy breakfast.
One way to cut sugar intake is by mixing 100% natural juice with an equal amount of selter water. It tastes great (especially if you get tired of drinking plain water) but is a little easier on the pancreas and has less calories than the same amount of straight juice.
One way I save money is by substituting baking soda for antacids. My grandmother taught me this trick, and it works wonders when my gastritis is bothering me or when my kids eat too much pepperoni pizza! Just dissolve 1 tsp. baking soda in a glass of water and drink quickly (tastes bitter). In a couple of minutes, your acid stomach will feel much better!
To make your home healthier for children who love stuffed animals, put the stuffed animals in a plastic garbage bag outside overnight when the temperature is below freezing. (If you live in a warm climate, you can put a small bag in the freezer). The freezing temperature will kill the dust mites that can trigger asthma and allergy problems.
I tend to beat myself up when I slip, so I put a picture of myself as a small child on the refrigerator. When I start talking trash to myself for making a mistake, I can look at the picture and ask myself if I would talk to that child in such an unforgiving way. This reminds me that inside I am still the same person and deserve to treat myself with love.
I found a wonderful website called www.freecycle.org (note, it's NOT freecycle.com!) which has helped me declutter my house. When I have clothes my kids have outgrown or items I no longer want, I just post a message to my local chapter. Within a day or two, there is usually someone who needs the item who takes it for free. It's a win-win situation that (to me) is easier than trying to store unwanted items for a garage sale.