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Missed the gym?

On days I can't make it to the gym I will exercise during the commercials of the shows I watch in the evening. Pick your balance ball, resistance bands, free weights, bosu ball...even your hula hoop! Have fun!

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You gotta breathe!

Breathing is very important when working out. The muscles need the oxygen to develop and you don't want to pass out . To help me with my breathing, I carry a piece of gum when i workout, AND IT WORKS!! The constant chewing prevents me from holding my breath because its forcing me to brea...

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Excercising leads to Water Drinking

I don't like drinking water but I find it's a lot easier when I actually exercise! When you're really thirsty after a workout or after sweating a bit, you tend to want water rather than a sugary drink since it quenches your thirst better. Helps motivate me to work out AND drink water!

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I quit smoking

I quit when I had 10 lbs to lose, now I have 15! I am successful at being non smoker. Have plan to stick more closely to my meal plan and add walking 3 days a week to my 2 days of aquacise..Hope this will be my plan of success

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Brush Your Teeth

I overcome my urge to snack on unhealthy food by brushing my teeth and using mouthwash. Junk food doesn't taste as good with a minty mouth.

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Put Fruit In Your Water

It's much more fun to drink water when I put pieces of fruit--i.e. lemons, peaches, kiwi, blueberries--in it. It lightly flavors the water, and if I use a clear glass, it's so visually appealing! No need to replace the fruit when refilling the glass, either. The flavor lasts for several uses.

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Keeping an Eye on it - the Scale

After a 70lb weight loss, I still weigh myself everyday....it ensures that I can maintain my weight within a 5lb range, but enjoy trying new foods and adjusting my intake...without gaining a tonn of weight.

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More water ...

Many, many days of not getting enough water, but I'm getting better with it. My secret - start as early in the morning as possible. Even better to get active as early in the morning as possible to increase the need for more water.

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Thrift Store Junkie

I LOVE shopping at thrift stores but found that my collection of clothing & other things was growing too big for my house. So now, every time I shop at the thrift store, I donate. For every item I purchase, I donate an item.

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The Plateau and How to Break Through It !

We all know it: The Plateau. It's when no further changes occur in weight loss, strength and/or fitness despite all your efforts. Reason: Your body has ADAPTED to your new and healthier lifestyle. It now "knows" that it has to survive on a smaller diet and therefore uses all the fuel it gets more ef...

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