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Waist-to-Hip Ratio

Belly fat, especially deep belly “visceral” fat, is extremely dangerous, according to medical researchers. It is associated with liver problems, insulin resistance, and heart attacks. Because of this, the waist-to-hip ratio has recently been promoted as a valuable public health tool, perhaps more valuable than the body mass index (which compares weight to height).

A waist measurement of 40 inches or more is dangerous for men (37 inches or less is best). Women should aim for 31 - 35 inches.

- Submitted by MJA716 6/17/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Eat some peanut butter!

Research has shown that people who eat nut butters often weigh less than those who shun them. It's likely that the combination of protein, fat, and fiber keeps you full, so you'll eat less overall. Whole nuts are effective, too: Purdue University researchers found that people who added peanuts to their diet for 19 weeks boosted the amount of calories they burned at rest by 11 percent. Why? The unsaturated fat in peanuts and nut butters burns faster than other fats.

- Submitted by MJA716 5/9/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Play a game.

Take a rest from Facebook and try your hand at Bejeweled 2 instead. A recent survey by PopCap Games found that 90 percent of female gamers considered puzzles and online word games a stress-reliever.

- Submitted by MJA716 5/6/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Log off to get a better night's rest.

The brightness of your computer screen stimulates the brain. Plus, it's difficult for your mind to stop fretting about your digital to-do list, even once you've logged off. Avoid late-night surfing and shut down your computer. Give yourself time to wind down without any electronics.

- Submitted by MJA716 4/24/2011 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Don't think of it as losing weight...

...think of it as GAINING STRENGTH!

I was looking for tank tops to wear to the gym and came across this one. LOVE IT!!

- Submitted by MJA716 4/5/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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"The Power" by Rhonda Byrne

I have been listening to the audio CD of the book "The Power" by Rhonda Byrne in my car while I'm driving and I love it so much that I want to share it with everyone! If you are looking for a way to stay positive and bring more joy into your life, then give "The Power" a chance!

Here is a link to the audio CD on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/45wus7a

- Submitted by MJA716 3/5/2011 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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This book is awesome for helping you to stay positive in every aspect of your life!

Quantum Success: The Astounding Science of Wealth and Happiness by Sandra Anne Taylor.

You can read a description of it at Amazon by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/4clx3uu. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!
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- Submitted by MJA716 2/26/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. ~ Author Unknown

Keep the best of you while you lose the rest of you!

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- Submitted by MJA716 1/9/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Dieting and exercising from a place of self-hate isn't the answer to sustainable body love.

"Dieting and exercising from a place of self-hate isn't the answer to sustainable body love." ~ Tracy Liebmann

You're never going to make any progress if you don't get to the bottom of your issues. Most of the time problems with excess body weight have absolutely nothing to do with food issues. Figure out why it is that you have gained the weight and why you REALLY want to lose it.

- Submitted by MJA716 1/5/2011 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Discipline...

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."

~ Jim Rohn

- Submitted by MJA716 1/2/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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