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Beauty around us all

Look around you outside and take in the beauty of the grass, blue sky, hills, mountains and appreciate it all. Do this especially when you are away and take it all in. You will feel beautiful yourself.

- Submitted by SHARILKING 7/9/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Drink Water With Lemon

Cut up a half of a lemon and put it in a 70 oz water bottle and fill it up and put water in it and put in the frig. I use it for a few days so three lemons would last me over a week!

- Submitted by MISTYSMOM06 9/1/2010 in Everything Else | 4 Comments
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Feeling Discouraged - Spark to the Rescue!!

I find that if I get busy for a few days and miss my SparkTime I begin to feel discouraged. It would be so easy to just forget about it and fall back into my old habits. But then I login to Spark, read afew success stories, catch up on my friends, and before you know it I am ready to dig in and get moving again. So if you are feeling discouraged, just login and Spark will come to the rescue!!!

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- Submitted by MMNICKS 4/21/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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Try Something New!

It sounds simplistic, but it's true! Before I joined SP, if you told me I would like the elliptical, using Kettlebells and would even own a pair of boxing gloves (Susan G Komen pink!), I would be sure you were nuts! But I love trying these things. (Some day I will even be good at them!)

- Submitted by JUNEAU2010 4/18/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Invite friends over

My husband and I recently put into practice a tip we read on lifehacker. We invite friends over to motivate us to keep our apartment clean and organized. An hour or so before they arrive, we start dusting, picking up, & putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Since many friends have mild allergies to our pets, we vacuum and organize the medicine cabinet to find the Zyrtec and eye drops. It also motivates me to scrub down the bathroom real quick - my most dreaded chore.

- Submitted by HOULEE 1/25/2011 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Food journaling made easy

Setting up shop with the food journal takes time, but once you've made lists of "favorites" and "food groupings", it can usually be done in less than 10 minutes a day. Once selected, the groupings can easily altered by adding or subtracting a food to that particular meal.

- Submitted by JUSFOLK 4/10/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 3 Comments
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50% Veggies

I try to make 50% of every meal I eat vegetables. It particularly helps when I am away from home, I automatically fill my plate half full with salad, then add the protein and carbs.

- Submitted by CAPRINEQUEEN 12/31/2010 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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I did it

I met my goal.....I have lost 14 pounds since 1-1-11

- Submitted by JENJOHNSON4 3/25/2011 in Weight Loss | 7 Comments
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The 500 Step Rule

For those just starting out, little things make the difference. The basis of the 500 Step Rule is to take 500 steps every time you get up, as soon as you wake up, before you sit back down, before you eat a meal, etc. This is especially easy if you own a pedometer. If you don't, just walk for 5-10 minutes at a consistent pace. Aim for a total of 5000 steps the first few days of doing this, then increase the number every day until you are consistently walking 10000+ steps each and every day.

- Submitted by KLC-WHITE 3/22/2011 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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D.I.E.T

D.I.E.T.- Do I Eat This. Reminds me to ask myself that question whenever I am tempted to cheat or over eat

- Submitted by MAWITKOWSKI 3/11/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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