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Staying With SparkPeople!

I've been very cautious about making big changes once I reached my goal weight. Staying with SparkPeople is at the top of my list. I'm still drinking lots of water, eating 5-6 freggies a day, and exercising 250-300 minutes a week, as well as tracking food and staying in calorie range. No foods are...

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The body needs vs. "I need"

Just read in Yoga Journal where the author mentioned she got back on track by hearing a teacher talk about how to "place the body" in a certain posture vs. "your body"...she thought about this when dealing with food cravings and emotional eating. Does "the body" need the extra serving, or do "I ne...

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Do not live in fear.

Many live with the fear of going back to our old habits and ways losing all that we have done. Know that you have and will continue to do it. You will adapt what you do and find a balance to your healthy ways and life in general. Never live in fear but in confidence in what you have and will do!

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Old boxes of baking soda

Use the 'old' boxes of baking soda from your fridge and freezer for cleaning your pots and pans, washing up after greasy or yard work, final rinse on your dogs bath, cleaning jewelry stones.
Put it in a Big empty spice shaker and it is handy in the garage, shed and under the sinks. Leaves skin...

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To Get Rid Of Mineral Deposits On Showerheads

To combat mineral deposits, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.

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Smiling/ Laughing IS the best medicine

When you're smiling and laughing you can feel your whole body light up. Whether your a size 2 or a size 22 you can ALWAYS smile and laugh. Bust out into random laughter you'll feel better instantly!

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Water Every Day!

I keep several bottles of water in the fridge so it is always available and cold! When I open the fridge it is my reminder to grab some water and reach my daily goal.

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Don't deny yourself everything

One sure way to lose control is to completely deny yourself. Choose what you really want and allow yourself a small amount. That way you don't feel like you're never allowed anything good anymore. It's all portion control!

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Stressed Out?

I've always struggled with stress (even counseling didn't help), so learning how to manage it was hard: The best stress reducer? Turn off your cell phone, lock the bedroom door, and crank up the iTunes and dance around like an idiot.

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Drink and Track

I never forget my 8 glasses of water and I use the nutrition tracker and fitness tracker religiously. I have maintained for over 5 years.

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