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A Brand New Exercise - Highly Effective !!!

Focus on your cheek muscles - just above the jaw. Now contract them so that they pull back and upward toward the ears. Contract hard enough so that your lips part slightly and your teeth show. Outstanding. Keep that up.



(Courtesy of J. Hussmann)

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Focus Always On Fitness, Not Weight

Never, never, never, never give up. W. C.

I think that discouragement is impossible if you focus on two small ideas

1. Every small effort is already a victory. Victory is not a number in the distant future. Victory is feeling and being healthy today, now, because of a small effort....

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Act your wage

Saw this powerful statement and it has stayed with me. Too often we use credit or put off bills to make ourselves feel better. Acting my wage means having a reality based spending plan and being willing to stick to it!

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Don't choose the easy way out!

When in doubt, don't choose the easy way out!

It's easy to skip exercise, but the guilt is hard.
It's easy to have another helping, but hard to work those calories off.
It's easy to be negative, but hard to deal with the sadness.

Go with the harder option now to have an easier ri...

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A lightbulb went on!!

Well if it isn't the most simple thing that really hits home!! I've just finally come to realize that this weight loss journey isn't going to be easy...and nor should it be! Anything worth fighting and working hard for is worth it!!! :) Slow and steady one day at a time...took months to gain...and w...

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Be happy

When i feel happy with what i wear and how i look in myself is when i feel most motivated to carry on. So find those few items of clothing you like on yourself and when you're feeling down and ugly and you want to comfort eat, put that piece of clothing on and see that that good feeling is worth car...

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Why park close???

Why park close to the door? Parking futher away allows you to get a few extra steps in towards those 10,000 steps a day (goal that I set for myself). Also, it helps with those drivers (and some passengers) who like to nick your car with their car doors.

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Eat a healthy breakfast

I have been eating a low fat, high fiber breakfast every day and I am able to curb my snacking between breakfast and lunch :)

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Pack your lunch

On Saturday I plan my lunches for the next work week, shop for the food on Sunday and do all the cooking, and then I have everything made and in containers for Monday through Friday. No excuse to not eat properly, no fast-food. All that I have to do is grab a stack of Rubbermaid containers, pop th...

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Once you lose the weight...

I've lost weight before,but wound up putting it all back on & more. That's what you hear over and over again from people trying to lose weight. I've done it myself, but keeping it off after I lose it, well that's another story. The biggest "secret" to keeping the weight off, is don't go back to the...

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