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I found out about WorldWalking.org from one of my SparkTeams and was delighted to see everything it offers. It is a site produced by a walking group in Scotland and made available to anyone in the world FOR FREE.

On this site, I can do a 'virtual walk' on many different routes around the worl...

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Measuring Steps

I enjoy walking but can easily talk myself out of going a little further, especially if the weather isn't perfect. My little dogs help motivate me but I've found a lot of motivation from wearing my FitBit. Sorry if this ends up sounding a little like a 'commercial' but I've tried lots of different d...

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Small Changes, One Step at a Time

I'm an 'all or nothing' kind of person, inclined to make sweeping changes, only to abandon them after a short while because it's hard to maintain that effort. It's a really hard lesson for me to learn, apparently, because I continue to be attracted to 'big ideas' or 'big changes' in spite of years o...

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The Serenity Prayer

This simple little prayer has helped me more times than I could possibly count.

God - Grant me the Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change
Courage to Change the Things I Can
And Wisdom to Know the Difference

I promise that when things get tough - cravings hit - anger strik...

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Acer Aspire One Netbook

I just finished setting up my new Acer Aspire One D260 netbook, which replaces my 'old' D250 - it is a gorgeous Aquamarine [my old one is a gorgeous blue] and cost only $399 [old one was $350] - I've typically paid $2000+ for a computer & these are BETTER so woohoo!! Stats - 2MB RAM, 320MB hard disk...

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Butter Buds instead of Butter

Sometimes I just want the FLAVOR of butter but without all the calories - Butter Buds are a 100% natural product made from dairy but presented in a powdered form - they come in organic and non-organic versions. They are super low-calorie [5 cals vs 67 cals for the butter equivalent], gluten free, ko...

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Fage 0% Greek Yogurt [cheapest price at Costco]

I love this brand the best because it is so creamy, thick, versatile & high protein. I've tried other brands but they taste thin or watery compared to this one, which seems as creamy as 2% in other brands. I get it at Costco for $5.50 a quart - 4 oz is just 60 cals & mixed w/Splenda & Frozen fruit, ...

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"Magic cure" for negative thinking and depression

When I start to have negative thoughts, it usually leads to feeling depressed - the best way to change those thoughts is to write 12 things on a Gratitude List - even if some of them seem trivial, like "I'm grateful I have soap," or tinged with negativity, like "only gained 20 lbs instead of 30," it...

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Twofer: Burn calories & lower costs

When I go to the store, I park further away & take 1 or 2 shopping carts back to the store. When I'm finished shopping & have loaded my car, I take my basket & often others back to the store. This lowers my costs because it reduces shopping cart damage & labor costs, which are ultimately passed on t...

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