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Borrowed from AA

When I'm having a particularly hard day dealing with cravings, I tell myself...."Just for the next hour, I will not eat that piece of chocolate".... or "just for the next half hour, I will not have that piece of banana nut bread", and then when I've made it through that far, I restate the goal..."just for another hour, I will not have that piece of cake".... breaking things into manageable units makes it easier to do, for some people. emoticon

- Submitted by WOMYN42 2/3/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 7 Comments
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Summer Pool Time

Even when it seems like it's too hot outside to do anything productive...there is always a pool open somewhere. Swimming is a great way to burn calories without much effort. Just treading water helps burn those pesky calories in a jiffy. I went swimming for an hour yesterday then tracked it on here and it ended up being over 1000 calories burned. Last one in is a rotten egg!

- Submitted by ABERNARDS 7/19/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Drinks in Restaurants

Whoa. Just have water and you will be shocked at how low the bill is!!

- Submitted by CAROLEE1945 6/28/2011 in Saving Money | 8 Comments
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The trick to 8 cups of water a day

The trick I use to get my 8 cups of water a day is to drink 1 cup before a meal, and 1 cup after the meal. With three meals a day, thats 6 cups! and the other two cups (or more!) are easily put in during a workout or sipping while watching tv! With this trick I usually get about 9-13 cups of water a day!

- Submitted by LAURATYRRELLS 6/28/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Limit Distractions During Exercise

So many of us read, watch TV or text during exercise; and, if you think about it, it's not a good thing. If we distract ourselves, though it helps pass the time, we might not be putting 100% effort into the activity. Listening to music can be more motivating, as you move to the beat. If music isn't your thing, just concentrate on giving every step you walk, or every weight you lift your full attention. Full attention and effort isn't easy, but the rewards will be great. emoticon

- Submitted by DANCEON 6/13/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Motivation on the wall

I started putting up motivational quotes that speak to me on my cubicle wall at work. I write them out all pretty with colorful markers. One of my favorites: "Always do what you are afraid to do." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

- Submitted by ERINLEIGHDV 3/29/2010 in Motivation | 3 Comments
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Don't beat yourself up

I am learning not to beat myself up about little slips. If I go over my meal or daily allowances, I let it go and continue to make healthy choices. Beating myself up only results in a failure state of mind. I have not failed, I just made a small mistake.

- Submitted by ZIVAGOLDMAN 2/28/2011 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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Track Track Track

Tracking my intake and my exercise every day has really made all the difference in the world for me. I never really knew just how much I was consuming each and every day. I am holding myself accountable and it's working!

- Submitted by KSTOMP 2/4/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Leave the measuring cup in the bag

Buy a bunch of cheap-o measuring cups. Leave whatever one works for the serving size in the box of cereal, bag of chips, whatever, then you're reminded to portion stuff out!

- Submitted by CRAZYLIZZIE 1/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Portion Control

When I buy a box of cereal or bag of pretzels I measure out the serving size and put it back in the box or bag. This way I don't just "Free Feed" until my hand reaches the bottom of the EMPTY bag!!

- Submitted by ANETTE329 1/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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