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Ice chips and (homemade) popsicles

I try and find things to curb late night snacking and I recently was under the weather and was eating ice chips. Believe it or not..they seem to work w/ 'mindless' night snacking.it's time consuming to chew on them and helps with 'boredom' snacking. I even bought (at the dollar store) popsicle makers..i just fill em with cranberry juice (or other healthy stuff), freeze em and they're good for late nights too!

- Submitted by KISHY2 7/3/2011 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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No More FLU. Period.

OK, maybe it's just my result, but I changed a routine nearly 30 years ago that has given me a flu-free existence since then.
I used to be a macho guy, I don't need no stinkin' flu shot, and every year I'd have at least one bout.
I became diabetic, and it became crucial for me to have a flu shot each year (Diabetics: Flu shots are considered CRITICAL for your good health). I started taking an annual flu shot and quit having to battle the flu.
It took me a few years to notice this trend, how

- Submitted by POPEYETHETURTLE 6/23/2011 in Staying Healthy | 4 Comments
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All Bites Count

I have been counting all my calories for several months. At first, it was a little time consuming but I put all my favorites in and it only takes me a few minutes a day now. I know it has helped because I've lost 12 lbs! It has helped made me more cognizant of what I'm eating and the nutritional values of the foods. It has helped keep me in check because I didn't want to write the candy bar I had so I just didn't eat it.

- Submitted by QUEENBEAV33 6/20/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 6 Comments
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GameOn Diet Challenge

I joined a GameOn challenge at work. If you're not familiar with GameOn, it's a healthy lifestyle/diet challenge that you play for several weeks at a time. You're on a team, and they are counting on you to earn your daily and weekly points for diet, exercise, communicating with teammates and opponents, getting enough sleep, and so forth. It makes you accountable and it's a lot of fun. Check out thegameondiet.com. The book The GameOn Diet is a must-read, too. Check it out!

- Submitted by ROSCOEGIRL 6/18/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Don't Start Over!

When I get off track and feel like I have to start all over again. Instead of getting discouraged, I tell myself that I am not starting over from scratch...I'm picking up where I left off. Because I have not undone the knowledge and experience I already aquired. I just have to keep moving forward in the right direction and the mistakes will erase themselves over time. This helps me get back on track quickly and not fall into a pit of depair. Remember...the glass is half full!

- Submitted by FREETHEGODDESS 6/17/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 7 Comments
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Watch and learn

If you're demotivated and happen to have an ipod/mp3 player/smart phone, one thing that gets me to move is downloading/watching videos of other people losing weight or any sort of educational health show. Time flies by.

- Submitted by ARIEL_ 6/16/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Portion Control

Once a month I take time to measure or weigh everything I eat to make sure my portions don't get out of control.

- Submitted by ALICERIEGER 6/4/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 6 Comments
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Secret to Remember

It is never really about how much we make but all about what we have saved. If you make a million dollars and spend it all you are worse off than the person who made twenty thousand and saved five hundred. So next time you think you MUST HAVE something, ask yourself if this is something that will help you meet your long term financial goals.

- Submitted by FROSTY99 6/15/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Baby Steps

It is important to remember that being overweight or obese didn't happen over night and it takes building new habits, one at a time to over come. Fast break goals are those "baby steps" that we need. Pick something that you know will help make a difference and whittle at it--after a couple of weeks, add on a new goal to the first one. (If you try to change everything at once, it will probably burn you out and you will "give up.") emoticon

- Submitted by ENUFF81020 6/9/2011 in Getting Started | 6 Comments
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Free ebooks

If you have a Nook or any other ereader (with the exception of Kindle) you can 'rent' books from the state library for free. You are allowed to check out a maximum of 4 books at a time for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time. I live in Maryland and my web info is: www.maryland.lib.overdrive.c
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I have been enjoying free books for over a year now. These do NOT work on a kindle, however, which is why I opted for a Nook.

- Submitted by BLUEPATCHES 6/12/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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