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Dress for (exercise) success

On the days when I plan to exercise first thing in the morning, I dress in my exercise clothes as soon as I get up instead of hanging out in my PJ's

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Exercise

Plan your workouts for the week but allow a bit of flexibility. For instance if you are scheduled to workout on Wednesday but are unsuccessful make it up on another day - don't feel bad just move on

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Need a Sweet treat w/o the Guilt?

Luna bars are protein bars designed for women. They come
In many delicious flavors and can give your sweet tooth satisfaction without the major calories. The flavor to try is chocolate dipped coconut, it's so good and you might even prefer it over a candy bar!

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Weights and Measures!

Weigh and measure everything that you cook and eat! Most of us suffer from proportion distortion and underestimate what we eat.
When you take the time to measure liquids and weigh solids, you will come to learn just how much you're eating!

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Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet really helped me get out of a big plateau i was stuck in for a long time. It was hard to stick by at first but it's really great for those who love meat and salads :) It's just a very low carb diet where you are allowed to eat up to 20 carbs a day which come from fruit and veg. I los...

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Back to Basics

I just found that just getting back to the basics helps break that plateau. Track all food intake, Track all exercise activity, drink my water, stay plugged into Spark People.

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Escarole For Dieters and Diabetics

Escarole is a leafy green vegetable similar to lettuce and is very low in calories and a great choice for dieters and diabetics. It has potassium to help manage blood pressure and is also a good source of Vitamin K.

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Eat Breakfast no matter how small!

Starving your body early in the morning makes the body store extra fat reserves. Eating breakfast gets your metabolism working at least have an egg or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese to stabilize your blood sugar. After overnight, also stay hydrated by drinking a full glass of water upon rising. Good a...

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Take a long hard look

Use the plateau to take a long, hard look at your exercise routine and your nutrition.

Are you skipping workouts? Make sure you're getting you're doing your workout's as planned.

Have the workouts become easier for you to do? Increase the intensity, by increasing the speed or resistan...

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SparkPeople, Diabetes & The Spark Guy

Yesterday Chris started a thread on Having Fun Reaching Your Goals. I thought it was a perfect time to Thank Him for our Diabetes Mgmnt Program & to ask him when the new improvements would take place. He said they are working on it very diligently and he know's the importance of it, but has no id...

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