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Push yourself!

One way I make sure I clock my exercise minutes is to plug in my goal time into the machine and tell myself I can get off whenever I want. That way there's no pressure, but I have my goal in sight. I usually end up staying on the whole time and I feel great about it in the end.

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Shoe lace pedometer

I wear my pedometer on my shoe secured by the shoe laces it actually gives me more of an accurate reading.

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I was sooooooooooo out of shape!

When I started actively trying to lose weight and get back in shape last year (right about the time I first joined SparkPeople), I weighed 251, was having sciatica attacks, and could barely move around. I was so out of shape, I had trouble going on an actual walk, so I bought a Wii, along with Wii ...

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

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Pay yourself to workout

If you can't afford or don't want to use a gym,
then workout at home.

However, pretend you are going to the gym, set a time, then "pay your entrance fee"., even if it is just a $1
Do this for a month, and then at the end of the month use the fees collected to reward yourself.

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Use a Handheld Basket at the Grocery Store

Not only will it force you to watch how much you buy, the weight of the basket will give your arms a good workout while you shop!

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Strength training while watching TV

I have several little items that come in handy during commercials, or even during slow parts of a show...Thighmaster, jog trampoline, free weights, stability ball, WALL and FLOOR. Working in a bit of strength training isn't too hard!

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How many reps to do when strength training

My trainer taught me this secret. I do three sets per machine/strength training exercise. The first set I do 12 reps at the lower weight, 10 reps with the middle weight and 8 reps with the higher weight.

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1/8 Cup = 2 Tbsp

Did you know that 1/8 cup equals 2 Tablespoons? Many Coffee Measures are the same amount. Check yours, and see if you can turn it into a multi-purpose tool!
This tidbit can save you some time when you're cooking.

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Be consistent - even if it means being inconsistent!!

What does that mean? Well, we all hopefully have some sort of exercise plan. Ideally, you stick with it. Sometimes though, circumstance prevents us from doing the activiities we have planned. But try to be consistent anyway. If your day calls for a 5 mile run and you're not up to it...

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