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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.

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(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

- Submitted by GUTELAUNE 4/5/2011 in Exercise | 81 Comments
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What to do with leftovers.

Don't throw food away. Enjoy your leftovers tomorrow for lunch or, yes, breakfast. You made it healthy to begin with; it will be healthy all over again. Every time you chunk food in the garbage, envision dollar bills you're throwing out, because that's what's really happening. If you hate leftovers, shop for and prepare exactly what you'll eat and no more. What to do with leftovers? Eat them!

- Submitted by CHARLOTTE1947 7/18/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Peanut butter-a-holic

I am a peanut butter lover could eat it all the time :) Well I recently found PB2 which is a pressed peanut butter. It basically removes all of the oil leaving you with a powdered peanut butter that you add to dishes or favorite drink!!! Way less calories and still get the peanut butter flavor :) Their website also has lots of great recipes. PB2 only has 45 calories so this cuts about 150 calories compared to regular peanut butter emoticon

- Submitted by SUPERMOM8482 7/18/2011 in Cooking | 8 Comments
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IF YOU HAVEN'T WORN IT IN A YEAR, DONATE IT

Get rid of anything in your closet that no longer fits or you don't wear because you don't like it. Make a list, donate it to charity and get a receipt for an income tax deduction.

- Submitted by JGRAY76 7/15/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Ten Second Tidy...All grown up!

On the old children's television program "Big Comfy Couch" Loonette the clown always ended the show by tackling her "big mess" with a "ten second tidy". Ten minutes before I head up to bed helps keep my "big mess" under control. You'd be surprised how much can be accomplished in such a short period of time if you stay focused.

- Submitted by REVSERENA 7/15/2011 in Around The House | 2 Comments
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I want a salad but they take too long to chop up....

I cut up 2 heads of lettuce at the beginning of the week and put them in a freezer bag. Then I chop up my bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, cabbage and celery in another bag. This way I have a salad mixed up and ready every time I have the urge to eat something quick- now there is no excuses for me to grab cookies or ice cream- salad is just as easy to prepare :) and it doesnt go bad if you use the freezer bags to lock in the freshness

- Submitted by MAMAKBBV 7/12/2011 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Keep hydrated

With the onset of high summer temperatures, it is imperative to drink plenty of liquids. Sounds like Mom's advice to get over the flu. This water intake is great for your body to sustain itself, but it is good for maintaining our weight control goals. Helps your satiety quotient. Can't lose either way!

- Submitted by GEORGE815 7/10/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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LIFE

No matter what life hands you, find the best in it. If we only think of negative we will not have a nice life. Make sure you smile, laugh and cry because that is what it is about. As long as you can open your eyes each morning and meet the sunshine or rain your alive. Make each day the best you can so when you lay your head down you can smile. Love life.

- Submitted by CHATTIEGIRL 7/10/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Don't Eat That

The next time you are upset, mad, happy, disappointed stop and don't eat. Take a minute to allow yourself to feel whatever that maybe. Cry, scream and laugh. After that decide if you really want the doughnut or if you were really just filling that emotion with food.

- Submitted by JUSTCHELLE75 7/8/2011 in Everything Else | 4 Comments
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It's Not Just About Weight Loss

Honestly, what we're all doing is not just about weight loss. It's about exercising, eating healthier, getting those 8 glasses of water in...so what I do is I write down the positive things I did that week (didn't use butter to cook, worked out three times etc) before I weigh myself. If the scale doesn't go down, I still know I really pushed myself to make those other important changes. In the long run they will lead to a much happy and healthier life.

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/10/2011 in Staying Positive | 5 Comments
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