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Eating Out - Advanced Planning

When we plan to have dinner at a restaurant, I get a copy of the menu, select the dish I will order, and include it in my meal planning. In that way I can comfortably order and eat a meal with my family without the guilt or fear that I'm ruining my day. Many menus are available online, and it's worth it to take the time to decide the dish you would want and how it would play into your day's nutrition plan.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 3/10/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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To Thy Ownself Be True

Some say to take baby steps in developing a program; others suggest jumping in and forging ahead; and there are those who say to work on one goal at a time. I say discover what works for you and stick with it. For me I need to have a defined goal, but that's me. There are many roads leading to good health and no two paths are the same. What's important is to have fun and feel a sense of purpose while on this journey of a lifetime. Then it will be easier to maintain it for a lifetime.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 10/4/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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Tomorrow, Tomorrow

I've been saying those words so long that I think I may need to get a red dress, a curly wig and begin singing. So I've decided to begin right now. Can't afford to wait for tomorrow, I might forget again. It is already night so I consider myself on track from here onwards. What is done is done. I have no reason to wait until tomorrow and risk putting off my goals for another day. The present is all I have and I have to make it work. So I've changed my tune from Tomorrow to Here and Now.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 10/3/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment
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Deep Breathing

I'm at a workshop this weekend and each time we have a new activity that requires concentration or team work, the facilitator encourages us to take 3 deep breaths (from the belly) followed by normal breathing. During the deep breaths she encourages us to deepen our relaxation and prepare ourselves for the task at hand. While on break I went for a walk, and before stepping out I practiced my deep breathing. What a difference it made as I enjoyed my walk and relished my communion with nature.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 10/2/2010 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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When you hit a wall, look for a door

When a physical condition stopped me from working out, I was disappointed. I tried to lower the intensity but with little success. I had hit a wall and needed a door, a way out. I found it with qi gong. I realized that I had to think outside the box to find an exercise that I could do with little pain so that I would remain consistent. It is less intense than what I was doing before, but it gets me moving and I feel good afterwards. If you hit a wall, don't give up. Look for a door.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 9/29/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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George Foreman Grills & Crockpots

I will be using mine a lot now that the weather (for those of us with winters) is forcing me inside. I make grilled vegetable paninis on the GF grill and they're delicious with a bowl of chicken soup which I make with left over chicken, noodles and vegetables in the crockpot. All done with little effort.

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- Submitted by KLASSIE 9/28/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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Sugarless Gum

Prevention Magazine reported in its 10 Top Secret Health Reports that chewing sugarless gum containing the artificial sweeter sorbitol can cause intestinal gas which in turn can cause bloating. I didn't know that and I chew gum a lot.
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- Submitted by KLASSIE 9/17/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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First WE must change

When we decide to get serious about our health, the world does not change to accommodate us. Everything remains the same. So what do we do?. Well, first WE must change - our attitudes, our focus, our beliefs and our habits. Once we do that, it becomes easier. Change must first begin with us.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 5/17/2010 in Motivation | 4 Comments
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Start the Day With the Right Mindset

Each morning I spend about a half hour feeding my mind. My menu includes a few passages from the bible, a couple of affirmations and an inspirational reading. It provides me with the right mindset to go out and face the world and to deal positively with whom or what I meet along the way.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 5/12/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Start Over If You Have To

When I have a bad day, I mourn it, make a resolution to do better tomorrow and then set aside the bad deed. It makes no sense beating myself up and fouling up my attitude. Tomorrow gives me the opportunity to start over. So start over if you have to, your body will be happy if you do.

- Submitted by KLASSIE 5/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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