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Add a little peanut butter!!

Peanut butter majorly curbs hunger. One of my favorite snacks is an apple with 1.5-2 tsp of peanut butter. Under 250 calories and keeps me full for a LONG time. PB & banana sandwiches are really filling too. Having one of these two things every day helps keep me full. Plus, PB is one of my favorite ...

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Mix up the cardio, get out of the rut! Try new things!

I was stuck in a 1/2 pound (or less) lost a week, and I wasn't happy with that! So I created a weekly regimen where I do 5 types of cardio per week and added a couple things I hadn't been doing before - the stationary bike and swimming - and while the weight loss isn't spectacular yet, I'm seeing a ...

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Reading on a stationary bike = fun!!

I remember a long time ago trying to read a book on a stationary bike and found it difficult. Don't know why. I love bringing a library book (or my nook) and setting the stationary bike for random hill intervals now. Reading makes the workout go by super fast, and makes stationary bikes a lot more i...

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Each day is a blank slate

Stop beating yourself up over that dessert you ate yesterday. First of all it's a good thing that you ARE beating yourself up - it means you want to eat healthy. Second of all, you can't change the past. It happened. Let it go. Today is a brand new day full of decisions you ARE in control of. Pick t...

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Do what you LOVE!

I know for optimal weight loss and to avoid plateaus as often as possible, you should do many different types of exercises, including strength training. I do not dispute this; but the secret to exercising daily is to look forward to it, to be excited about it. And that will only happen if you find y...

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Hate a household chore? Consider it exercise!

I have a 30 minute minimum fitness minute daily goal for myself. I HATE cleaning my apartment (yet I love when it's clean). I'm naturally disorganized. But I like it more now that I consider it exercise minutes I can put in my tracker. I even listen to my running playlist while I clean. It helps!

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The Wii Fit Best Kept Secret: Free Step!

I was a fan of Advanced Step, and I do it from time to time. But I recently discovered Free Step. You can do different time intervals - 10, 20, 30 minutes - and the best part is the rhythm comes through the speaker in the Wii Remote and the Wii keeps running as you switch to your TV. In 20 minutes I...

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Distractions!

I find that when I have nothing to do and/or I'm bored, I get hungry; my stomach starts rumbling. I know eating within my calorie range is fine and I don't need food outside of my pre-planned meals. So I'll take a shower. I'll run an errand. Or, I'll go out and exercise! Distractions work!

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Mix up the music!

I had no idea it would make as big of an impact on my performance as it did. I had been listening to the same playlist for weeks, and when I tried something else, I definitely had an extra bounce in my step (or my running stride)! Make sure you have tons of different workout playlists, and always mi...

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Exercise a little before bed

It messes with some people's sleep, but I find if I do some fun, non intense exercise (Wii Fit for me) before bed, I'm more tired at bedtime and I sleep better!

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