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Stand up Straight!

I can still hear my mother saying that to me 50 years ago! But I've learned that concentrating on good posture- engaging your core muscles- actually helps burn a few extra calories and boosts metabolism. It's such an easy way to exercise as you go through your daily activities. Suck it in!

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Rinse your ground beef

Studies show rinsing mince after cooking drastically reduces fat! See the link below for the facts. You can buy the less expensive mince and rinse it to get the same result as lean mince
http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/assets/pdf_files/reducing%20fat%20in%20ground%20beef.pdf

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Donate your too-large professional clothing

If your professional clothing is now too large for you, consider donating items to "Dress for Success":
http://www.dressforsuccess.org/

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support & caree...

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Dress for Success

Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise. If you have only one good outfit wash it more often if needed. Get rid of the old ripped faded baggy clothes and wear something that feels and look goods and makes you feel like an athlete.

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Lose the All or Nothing Mentality

You don't have to do a zillion sets or exercise for hours. Just do SOMETHING. Having an "all or nothing" mentality will keep you trapped in an on again off again relationship with exercise!

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Shoe lace pedometer

I wear my pedometer on my shoe secured by the shoe laces it actually gives me more of an accurate reading.

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Think of ALL movement as exercise

Studies have shown when people do normal everyday things, they can and will lose more weight if they think of the calories being burned. In the study, they had people doing things such as parking in the back of a parking lot and doing everyday around the house cleaning.

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Exercise more, spend less

When you go to the mall for a shopping spree, spend the first 30 minutes just walking laps. Then when you begin your shopping, you will feel even better about buying new clothes, and you will probably spend less because you will be tired sooner and want to leave earlier!

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Quinoa recipes needed

I would like anything special or interesting you do with quinoa recipes .I really like it but dont know what to do with it!Also,I've gotten grains of sand in it before which was not pleasant scraping on my teeth!

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