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gym motivation

I find that if I pack my gym bag with a nice body scrub, some shampoo I like, special moisturizer etc to shower at the gym post workout, I am more motivated to get to the gym.
It feels great to be clean and pampered afterwards and I am always in a positive mood & filled with energy!

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Smart Vacation

Make your next vacation all about exercise as well as relaxation. Do a hiking vacation of some national parks.
They often have rafting trips & guided hikes you can take.
This is my next one, SO EXCITED!
http://www.fsguides.com/havasupai-canyon.htm

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As soon as you wake up...

fill a pint glass (2 glasses of water) with water and drink before you do anything else. You will find that right after you wake up you are the most thirsty and can down a pint (or more!) of water very, very easily. You haven't had water for 8 hours and you body is happy to consume it! Try it and se...

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The first 2.5 glasses of water...

Before I drink my coffee or eat anything I drink 1 bottle of water (most are 16.5 ounces, so I get my first 2 and a half glasses in right away) I was always told you should drink water before you put anything else in your body in the a.m. since you have gone at least 8 hours without water as it is...

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Read Spark People Insider tip every day

I read it everyday and most things I know about, but a lot of times I find a feature/tool that I didn't know existed. Today I checked out the MySpark Summary under the reports tab. What a great tool to keep you on track!

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Soup as fast food and quality social time

I like to get together with my mom (or one of my friends) and make a big batch of soup. We chop up veggies and watch a good movie together and when the soup is done, we have a little and then put the rest in freezer bags. This really comes in handy when I come home from work starving and I just take...

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Walk and Talk

When I have phone calls to return, or want to call a friend I need to get back in touch with, I head outside with my cell phone and walk around the track at my local high school. I can measure it by time and distance too so I can enter it in my fitness tracker. Another huge benefit is that it is nic...

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Soup

Soup is a GREAT meal. Fills you up, and is a great way to get your vegetables in and is not carb heavy. Substitute Vegetable stock for Chicken or Beef stock, and if it is a "creamy" soup, go for pureeing instead of adding cream!

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Fitting in exercise

I use a half hour of my hour lunch break at work to go walking. Lots of good hills to get my heart going too. By the end of the week I have 2 and a half hours of walking I wouldn't have had otherwise!

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