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Pedometer not registering 2

So I bought a new pedometer and I just couldn't get it to register right on my waist. I don't wear lace up shoes every day so I can't tie it on to my shoe, I needed another solution. I pulled out a ribbon I had and tied it to the pedometer around the clip hinge. I then clipped it to the top of m...

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Holiday Candy is a blessing

Love chocolate like me, treat that holiday candy like the blessing it is. Having a craving take one piece and savor it, break a Hershey's mini into two pieces and let it just melt in your mouth. Bonus if you only eat one or two pieces a day like this they'll last you for months, well if you have a...

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Sneak Those Steps In

I wear my pedometer daily and make my best effort to get in my 10000 steps. Weekends are especially difficult, but now I have a little trick. I do my laundry on weekends, as I fold or hang clothes I immediately put mine away and walk my son's to his room (they stay on his bed until he puts them awa...

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adjusting to Daylight Savings Time

Since my son was about a year old we've started changing our clocks on the Fri of DST weekends, it gives us all day Sat AND Sun to get used to the time change, helpful esp in the spring when you have to get up an hour earlier.

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Portable workouts

There is a set of great workouts for free on iTunes, the "Daily" workout series: arms, legs, abs, butt, cardio, yoga, and full body. You can pay to upgrade but the free ones are excellent

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use your kiddos

My son loves to help me workout. So I use him to sit on my feet while I do crunches, he alternates laying under me or on my back when I do the plank (the added weight really works it harder), and I do a leg press using him as the weight, he thinks he's flying. Anytime you can get your kids involve...

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Dress up

When I'm feeling down or sick, I make a point of dressing nice and doing my hair nicer than usual. Once I look in the mirror and see myself looking nicer I often feel better as well.

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Share, Share, Share and take small bites

When I have a dessert, esp ice cream I scoop out 2 servings. Then I share with my son. I eat a bite then give him one. I scoop slightly larger bites for him (he's so much more active than I am, even with me working out).

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Just can't give up dessert?

I love my dessert. My new secret is to have a sugar free Fudgsicle for 40 calories or Popsicle (the original, in the yellow box) for 15 calories. Because they're frozen it takes longer to eat. I can savor more easily and they fit into my calorie range easily.

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Extra commercials are right

Have a craving, chew a piece of gum. I personally prefer strong mint flavored gum, Trident White to be exact, which gives the added bonus of whitening my teeth. It's also a great way to deal with those times when you want to stress eat.

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