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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 128 Comments
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I can do anything for 10 minutes!

On days I really don't want to exercise, I tell myself, "I can do ANYTHING for 10 minutes." I try to do at least 10 minuts of cardio and at least 10 minutes of strength 5 days a week. This is a do-able amount of time for me.

- Submitted by MYINNERDIVA 5/10/2010 in Exercise | 40 Comments
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marry the nice guy

I thought I needed a mean guy to keep me on track and after years of abuse and 50 added pounds later, clearly I was mistaken. It did not work for all the reasons it never works with mean guys. Now I am married to a nice guy who supports me with love and kindness. I lost 40 pounds, but mostly I found my smile, and I am never looking back.

- Submitted by MAMIE501 8/21/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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Flossing regularly!

I am going to the dentist today for a temporary crown after getting a root canal done last week! I used to floss once a month! But now after seeing my difficulties @ the dentist AND hearing about a report on flossing that deals with our daily health [it was on the news a few weeks ago] .Now I DO floss daily!! My dentist had TOLD me this years before!Sometimes, it takes a while for the information to sink in....

- Submitted by MOMWANTSNOWAIST 7/19/2011 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment
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Work through the cravings

Ok, so I was craving pizza yesterday and the day before. I ALMOST gave in...but started doing something and the next thing I knew? I forgot about my craving for Pizza.
Stay busy and you will win!

- Submitted by GOCELTICSGO 7/19/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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Avoid late payments with automatic bill pay

I use online banking to make sure all of my bills are paid on time. To avoid missed or late payments, I set up a monthly payment for each one that will cover at least the minimum amount. Once or twice a month, I review and adjust the payments as needed to match the actual amount due for each bill. However, if something happens that forces me to forget to adjust the payment, the standard amount will be sent on time, thus keeping me from being charged a late fee.
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- Submitted by HIGHKICKIN58 7/19/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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What to do with leftovers.

Don't throw food away. Enjoy your leftovers tomorrow for lunch or, yes, breakfast. You made it healthy to begin with; it will be healthy all over again. Every time you chunk food in the garbage, envision dollar bills you're throwing out, because that's what's really happening. If you hate leftovers, shop for and prepare exactly what you'll eat and no more. What to do with leftovers? Eat them!

- Submitted by CHARLOTTE1947 7/18/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Wash Hand 5 Times a Day to Fight Summer Colds

You might be able to prevent summer colds. Reseach suggests that adopting this one habit, plus cleaning your desk and countertops with disinfectant wipes once a day, is enough to slash your risk of picking up cold germs by 45% or more!

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/16/2011 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments
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Save money on car repairs

If you get a "check engine light" take your car to one of the chain auto parts stores. They have OBDII code readers and can tell you what's wrong with your car for free. It may be a simple and cheap fix such as a leaky vacuum hose or leaky gas cap. Or, it may be an easy to replace part that you, or a handy friend, can switch out for you. It's worth a try and can save hundreds of dollars.

- Submitted by FALCONBROTHER 7/16/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Colors that Help Prevent Sunburn

If you're buying a beach umbrella, tent, sun hat or similar item, choose something red, blue, violet, lavender or pink.
A recent study of identical fabrics in different colors reveals that these hues filter the most UV rays, according to the journal of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. The worst performing colors were yellow and white. You can launder with RIT SunGuard that will give your favorite cover-up a 30 SPF UV-Protective coating that lasts 20 washings.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/14/2011 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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