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Workouts During Sporting Events on T.V.

I have an exercise bike in the basement in front of the TV.

When my Nascar races are on (which are typically 3 hrs long), I will get on my bike and ride at a moderate level, nothing too fast, something sustainable for the entire race. Then during the commercials, I will bike as fast as I can...

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Don't Let Injury Stop Your Workouts

I've had many injuries over the years and have found it's very easy to use it as an "excuse" to not workout. But to be truly successful in adopting a healthy lifestyle (and in turn, losing weight), you have to be able to adapt to the current situation you are in. So, if you've hurt your leg or foo...

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Portion Control

In order to prevent that "mindless eating" that can occur when you buy larger packages of snack foods (such as crackers, almond, etc.), I keep snack size Ziploc baggies on hand. As soon as I bring the food home, I divide it out into "actual serving size" portions in the baggies, and store them in t...

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Get Off the Couch & Get Moving...

I've never been one who "loves" to exercise... so there are many days that I don't really want to workout. I have found that if I make myself get up and workout for just 5-10 minutes, I usually will feel so good that I end up exercising much longer after all. The most important step is to get up o...

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Caramel Cravings

I absolutely "crave" caramel... but as we all know, it's just empty calories. So, I bought some Viactiv caramel chews, and I eat one every night before I go to bed. I get my caramel "fix" AND get some extra calcium in my diet. It's a great way to satisfy my sweet tooth as well as boost my diet!

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Commercial Break Workouts

When I haven't had time to do a workout, I fit one in while watching TV. During the commercial breaks, I choose one exercise & do as many reps as I can before the show starts again. These include crunches, push-ups, leg lifts, calf raises, bicep curls, tricep dips, jumping jacks, etc. Just move!

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Measurements...

Make sure you take measurements when you start out. The scale will stall at times... other times, it will lie! But even during your worst plateau, typically the tape measure will continue to shrink. Also, as you convert fat to muscle, your measurements will change to reflect all your hard work!

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Planning Ahead When Eating Out

Almost every restaurant has their menu online these days... so before heading out to eat, check out the menu and decide ahead of time what healthy options you have available to you. That way, you'll be less likely to be "tempted" by some favorite dish you see on the menu!

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"Road Trip" Fitness

I seem to "road trip" alot, so I had to start thinking ahead to keep my fitness on track! Whenever making hotel reservations, a good fitness room or pool is a priority for me. Even if the pool isn't big enough for laps, I can do exercises from my water aerobics classes for a good workout.

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How to minimize Salad Dressing w/out losing the flavor!

I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!

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