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Use your friend feed!

Don't just "friend" people, use your friend feed to keep up with what your frineds are doing, when they need support, when they have reached a goal! BE A FRIEND! FEED YOUR FRIENDS!

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My SparkSummary Calendar

I was just told about this feature and it rocks. It tracks your daily calories, fitness minutes & SparkPoints. You can look back at a week or a month and see how you made out. You get gold stars on the days you made your calorie target. Now I want to count gold stars and maybe make them a goal!

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Change your default

If your default is to eat comfort food to relax (especially at night!), change your default - switch to blogging, drinking herbal tea, working out or anything healthy..and make this your new default.

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Five BItes

Rather than saying absolutely not to a tempting dessert, I allow myself five small bites. Almost always after a bite or two I find that I am satisfied with the flavor and can step away. I rarely hit five bites.

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Feeling Hungry??

When I get the urge to grab something to snack on, I remember a saying I learned through Positive Changes: "Appetite (craving) is of the mind; hunger is of the body." In other words, if my stomach isn't growling or empty, then my urges stem for a mental or emotional desire. That has been very helpfu...

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Heat peanutbutter in micro for 30 seconds

I did this before spreading on my bread and it thins it out and helps it last longer (ie one tablespoon goes alot further) I was excited to figure this one out

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Water + Benefiber = steady weight loss

I learned this trick awhile ago. When I fill my water bottle up, I add 1 tsp Benefiber. Since I refill my bottle 3 more times daily, that means I have 4 tsp Benefiber total. It adds up to 60 calories. There's no taste, excellent for your health, and the extra fiber is like taking a appetite supp...

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Baby wipes as instant stain removers (from a TV wardrobe person)

I learned this trick from the wardrobe person on "Friends': A baby wipe is an excellent instant stain remover when you spill something on yourself. It's what they use on the set on taping days if an actor spills! When a spill happens, blot the stain with a napkin, then blot with a baby wipe until th...

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Never give up!

After numerous attempts to get back on track, I found that what works for me is staying in touch w/ the message boards and reading all of these secrets for a few minutes several times a day to help me stay focused on the goal.

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Keep Getting Up

Every time you mess up or fall down on your journey, keep getting up. Just keep getting up, and keep moving forward. You never know how your will to succeed motivates others watching. Keep getting up.

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