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Good or Bad Cholesterol

I finally figured out a way to remember which is good and which is bad - I think of the first "L" in "LDL" as standing for "lousy."

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RESTART BUTTON

I have an imaginary restart button in my head that I push for a fresh start after any slip ups or mistakes I make. It's refreshing and has been so very helpful in breaking the negative cycle of feeling guilty and then out of guilt, making even more poor choices. Stop beating yourself up! We all make...

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Dress Up Beautifully Today!

If you feel good, you'll do more to feel better; dress up in your favorite outfit that you feel good in; put on your favorite perfume..walk out the door feeling good about yourself and then go have a healthy fantastic day.

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Don't be afraid of breaking out of your "comfort zone".....

Whether it be trying a new form of exercise or healthy food that intimidates you - remember that the quest for better health is a JOURNEY and, as such, comes with the potential for new experiences to be had along away.......I just broke away from my age-related angst and tried ZUMBA - it was AWESOME...

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Every day is a new day

I realize that every day is a new opportunity to begin again. I can not let my past mistakes dictate my current and future behaviors.

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Get Honest with Yourself

If you have fallen off tack, be honest about why and what it will take to find consistency. Is what you are doing sustainable? Are you eating out of boredome, anger, depression? What are the goals of your journey? Getting honest is the best first step

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Find an exercise you love...

Don't jump in to an exercise program that you don't love. If it feels like a chore, try something else!

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Getting Started Helpful Hint

Take things one step at a time and set small realistic goals. I have been setting my goals too high and get depressed and quit. Now I see that if I set my goals smaller that I will be more likely to achieve them and maintain them and eventually reach goal.

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Too many carbs?

I could eat bread until the world ends. I found Kangaroo Itsy-Bitsy Pockets at the grocery, and since they were on sale for $1, thought I'd try them. They are great little pita pockets, at 40 calories/serving. I use them for sandwiches, in place of tortillas, and for personal pitza crusts. Love them...

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You are more remarkable than you realize!

Don't shrink yourself to fit in with a small minded group.

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