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Using My Time For Good

I do dialysis 5 days a week. When I hook up (at my house) I log onto to SparkPeople and start learning and planning my day with the help of the site. The dialysis is soon over & I have used the time wisely and productively!

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Stop "Giving Up" Things

No, you did not "give up" junk food, you made a decision to eliminate unhealthy food from your diet. The difference is subtle, but important.

If you gave something up, it implies that you want it back. For example: "I gave up sweets" has a very different feeling than "Sweets are hinderin...

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to weigh or not to weigh..

I know your not suppose to weigh everyday...BUT..
for as long as i can remember i get out of bed and as soon as my feet hit the floor i step on my scales. if i'm up a pound or two from the day before i do an inventory of what i ate and what i did the day before, i re evaluate and take care to eat...

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DIET plans

Do not diet--no matter what "sure fire" plan you choose, once you stop doing it, you will gain everything back unless you have learned how to eat healthy. Instead of suffering for two weeks or a month, start with baby steps, eating good food, and don't look back!

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My 14 year old son - my unofficial spark buddy

A few weeks ago I noticed my son getting up early to exercise before school. He was doing push ups, chin ups, triceps and hanging leg lifts. I was impressed and told him so and that I need to start doing that myself. Then I heard the wonderful question "Mom, you want to get up early and work out wi...

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No attitude problem!

I can find the "silver lining" in any situation... and when we struggle with our body images it's important to stop and make sure we put the right 'spin" on the things we are doing. If you have the RIGHT positive attitude it's almost impossible to fail.

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Saving Real Money

I am not saving money until I pay off all debt because the ratio of money earned on money saved (interest) to money spent (finance charges) is very skewed in favor of the creditors. And the absolute best way I have learned to find money to pay off debt is to write out a monthly budget WITH my husban...

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Change Your Focus

The best advice I got on weight loss was from my doctor last year. I hadn't lost a pound in 6 months but was running 3 times a week. She said, don't focus on the scale. Stop weighing yourself. Don't focus on the size of your clothes. Instead focus on your fitness. Instead of doing more 5K's, tra...

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How I make sure that you get your 8 glasses of water a day.

One of the first things I do when I start my day is fill a pitcher with 64 oz. of water. I then add 4 oz of 100% cranberry juice to it. The juice adds the hint of flavor I need to make the water inviting. When the pitcher is empty I know that I am done with my commitment for the day.

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Breathe! Emotional health= Strength for physical health

Being emotionally healthy is critical for your physical health. When your feeling overwhelmed or the cravings kick in, take the time to breathe and realize you really don't need that piece of chocolate

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