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Fruit During the Day

I hate buying pre-cut fruit, and sometimes I don't get around to eating my fresh fruit if I don't cut it up myself. But if I buy frozen fruit and put it in a little tupperware bowl in the morning, it's thawed out by lunch or for an afternoon snack at the office!

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 9/2/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Celery Salt

Holy crap, did you know that a tsp of salt is like 3,000 mg of sodium? I guess it's obvious, but is it avoidable? Celery salt is 100 mg of sodium and tastes great! I'm less worried about bloating and water retention, and I feel healthy and clever too - like I'm cheating my fat!

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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The Condiments And Dressings You Want!

Forget veggie dip, sour cream, and low-fat ranch. I used to think I was being so good by choosing what I thought were better options. Instead: SALADS: olive oil/balsamic vinegar. Even better: plain yogurt. Try it, seriously. VEGGIE DIP: Just salsa, especially w/ celery. Even better: plain hummus.

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Diet On, Weekend Off? No Way - This is a Lifestyle!

My boss just quit a 4 days on, 3 days off diet. He starved himself or just ate saltines, then gorged on fast food on off days. In 2 wks, he found he actually gained weight! (Duh.) He damaged his metabolism and his body. I felt bad for him, but it made me proud of my lifestyle change.

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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You Can't Outrun Your Appetite

My dad told me this once, and it always stuck - He lost about 50 pounds only eating like peas and tuna (okay, gross), and only exercised moderately. The key, he said, was just abstaining from all unecessary food because... "you can't outrun your appetite."

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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What's the Definition of a "Calorie"?

A calorie is a unit of energy from food. 1 calorie is 1 unit of energy. Just by living and breathing, we burn maybe 1500 cals a day. Add 1000 more we probably eat, and that's a lot of weight if you're not exercising it off. Cut cals and burn actual fat, not that snack you're eyeing in the breakroom!

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Just Say No to Energy Drinks

You have to realize by now that the key to weight loss is to cut calories. My brother (who is a little overweight) inisists on energy drinks, which are full of calories. Bad idea. Just drink water, and then exercise. Burn off your actual fat, not your excess daily calories.

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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When You're the Lowest, It's Working the Best

One problem people have about staying positive is that they will quit when it hurts the worst - when it takes more effort to stay positive. Guess what? That's what weight loss feels like. When it hurts the worst, when you're hungriest, you are actually feeling weight leaving your body. Enjoy it!

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 2 Comments
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Type A People: This Will Hurt

Newsflash! It sucks losing weight! Let's be real, people. It hurts, and eating less leaves us tired and cranky. Think of it like this though: No energy? Good! No motivation? It's working! This is what you stay positive about: All that weight you're losing in between bad moods. :-D

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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Labor Hurts. So Does Weight Loss.

Okay, so during labor, you're giving birth. You're evacuating like 5-10 pounds from your body, and it really hurts, right? But what you're left with is an awesome baby. Weight loss is the same. You're evacuating fat from your body. It sucks, and it hurts, but what are you left with? An awesome body!

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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