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Adding rubs to foods

When I use a rub I use a piece of plastic wrap to help work the spices in. You get no built up waste on your hands and more spice on the meats. I used to hate seeing all that spicy, flavorful goodness go down the drain when I washed my hands.

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Be Honest with Yourself

Another posting talked about "points chasing" and I fully agree. But another fallback is claiming regular daily chores as fitness minutes. Be honest with yourself and only claim true exercise. That is the only way you'll see real improvement.

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Clover Leaf Flavored Tuna

Fabulous tasting tuna in 85g cans, just the right size for a snack, a single sandwich or to top your lunch salad to add protein. At just 80-110 calories per can, depending on the flavor, it is very figure friendly.

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Stand Up, Don't Sit

I started a new job that is not physically demanding. Whenever I can, I stand up to perform work required at a counter and only sit at my desk when necessary. I also perform lunges, squats and other activities/exercises as I can throughout the day.

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SparkPeople Balance Board

To get more out of my daily routine, ie dishes, preparing meals, I use the SparkPeople balance board whenever I can to help tone and strengthen my core and lower. You'll be surprised at how "that little pillow" makes you work and it is very reasonably priced.

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Older Tapes

I've been dusting off and using some of my older exercise tapes. While the outfits and hairstyles are dated (80's) the workouts are just as pertinent today as they were back then. Mixing it up not only helps to keep your body performing, it also relieves boredom.

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Think of Others

Whenever I feel like I'm slipping into a negative, I remember all those that I have met or read about with greater challenges than I have. There is always someone else with a larger burden than yours and how they carry it with grace and dignity soon can change one's outlook.

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Don't Let a Plateau Break You

I found the motivational articles on SparkPeople gave me new insights and renewed momentum that finally broke my months long plateau.
Particularly helpful and recommended are:
Plateau Busters Parts 1, 2, & 3
Have You Suffered From The Terrible Toos?
The Secrets of Success Series

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Research and the Power of Information

Whatever your condition, whatever the prognosis, empower yourself with information and research. As a cancer patient given 60/40 odds against 5 year survival 14 years ago I know that by taking control and doing my own research made a huge difference in the fact that I am still here.

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Smokin'

For my 50th birthday last year I asked for and received a Bradley smoker. Now I infuse a lot of flavour with minimal calories (watch the rubs) and have succulent, incredible foods to enjoy and give as gifts. My best recipe so far is Ginger Pineapple Smoked Pork Loin. Mmmmmm, good.

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