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Change it up!

Change up your workout playlist often. Adding a new song, or mixing things up a bit, can often be enough to keep you moving on days when you just don't feel up to it.

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Netflix

Bored of your same old same old? Check out the workout DVDs on netflix! There are a TON to choose from, a lot of them are available instant! Perfect for a rainy day, or when the gym is just too crowded!

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Food Network!

Avoid mindlessly watching the Food Network, and other food oriented shows on TV. I always find myself heading for the kitchen when these shows are on! Only watch with purpose, don't turn it on just to have it on.

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Onions make you cry?

Do onions make you cry when you cut them? Try this :
10-15 minutes before chopping into that onion, stick it in the freezer. No more tears!

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Size DOES Matter

Switch your plates around. Your salad plate should be your dinner plate, and your dinner plate should be your salad plate.

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Let Go of the machine!

If you find yourself hanging on to the cardio machines at the gym for dear life, turn the machine down a bit and LET GO! Don't let the machine help you along the way. You will burn more calories going slower by yourself than faster, using the bars for support.

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Any movement counts!

When brushing my teeth, or washing my hands, I kick my legs up so my knees are even with my chest. I do this for 2min when brushing my teeth, and while singing the ABCs when washing my hands. It may be little, but every bit counts!

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Chewing Gum

I'm sure now everyone has heard about gum chewing for weight loss. I have found that eating it after I eat my meal, that it keeps me from going back for seconds or thirds if I'm not really hungry. Just the act of chewing seems to keep me satisfied.

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Fitting in movement

I have a hard time fitting in any sort of movement. By the end of the day, I'm so tired and I've managed to talk myself out of working out. So at work, I run up and down the stairs at lunch, get up to the printer every time instead of letting it build up, and walk around as much as I can. Sure beats...

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Never give up

Never trade what you want the most for what you want at the moment.

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