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Get a pair of 10 lb dumb bells

I recently bought a pair of 10 pound dumb bells and started strength training in front of a full length mirror. I have a list of exercises (bicep curls, triceps, lateral raises, etc.) that I do. It only takes 10 minutes but I'm getting stronger. And muscles burn more calories than fat.

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Give Blood

Want to feel good about yourself by helping others (with very little time and effort) ? Give Blood. You will be helping to save a life.

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Homemade Trail Mix

I make my own homemade trail mix with nuts and dried fruit like apricots, figs, cranberries, etc. I love to snack on it when I'm playing on the computer.

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Better Veggie Subs than Subway

I have all my veggies cut up and ready to go in little bowls to make my veggie sub for lunch every day. On a whole wheat hoagie roll, I pile on cucumbers, tomato, onions, green pepper, lettuce, shredded carrots, banana peppers, and olives. I use spicy brown mustard and homemade vinegrette instead ...

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Use Iodized Salt

Of course, you shouldn't over-do salt, but when you use salt, make sure it's IODIZED. Iodine is necessary for your thyroid to make it's main hormone, thyroxine. Without enough iodine in your diet, you can develop hypothyroidism.

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Get a Colonoscopy

If you're over 50, you should get a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer. The doctor removes any polyps he finds so the procedure actually PREVENTS colon cancer from developing.

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Go on a Picnic Instead of Out to Dinner

For my husband and me, our favorite "date night" is to pack a picnic of turkey and ham sub sandwiches and fresh fruit. We walk down to the beach a mile away and watch the sunset into the Gulf of Mexico while we talk about our lives. It's so romantic and basically FREE.

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Gave Up My Car

I know this wouldn't work for everyone because you have to get to work, but if you don't really NEED your vehicle, consider living without it. This is what I did 4- 1/2 years ago. I ride a bike with a basket on it. I walk. I take the bus. Occasionally I take a cab. But I'm saving lots of money...

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Get Out the Tape Measure

If the scale doesn't seem to be moving despite your best efforts, get out the tape measure and check out your measurements. Several times this worked for me. I was surprised to find I had lost an inch on my waist and on my hips. This gave me encouragement to keep going with my plan.

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Look at the Bright Side of Giving Up Alcohol

When I first decided to quit drinking because it was thwarting my weight-loss efforts I felt deprived. "Everyone else was drinking - - Why can't I drink too? I want to join the party" But now I'm reminding myself of the benefits of staying alcohol-free. The main one is that I'm more alert and les...

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