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Making Plans

I find that pre-planning your meals with food items you have in your home doesn't just help you maintain your caloric and nutritional intake. It also helps you learn about the foods you bring into your home so you know which ones you'll be buying more frequently and which ones you need to start buying. This has helped me lose 30+lbs so far

- Submitted by FLUMPYBOO 7/19/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Take the stairs

Four times a day while I'm at work I sprint up and down 6 flights of stairs. It's a little extra exercise boost and makes it so I'm not chained to my desk all day long being inactive.

- Submitted by MOXIE_74 7/20/2011 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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The 'Anything' workout

I used to find myself fighting for time to get to the gym until I learned that even the simplest things can burn some SERIOUS calories. How long do you usually spend cleaning your house? For me, with a toddler, baby, and a very messy husband, I find myself cleaning for 2-3hours at a time. I burn a little over 245 calories an hour just moving around the house, and that's just basic cleaning. Pick up the pace and that number goes up more.

- Submitted by FLUMPYBOO 7/19/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Portion Control snacking & Lunch ideas

One of my biggest problems before joining SparkPeople was eating before I went to bed. Uncontrolled portions of 'something..s.'
I have learned from tracking my eating habits just how much I was consuming. I had no idea! So to try to help myself, I am now making 'Portion-appropriate' choices and bagging them after I get home.
Examples: baggies of: mini-pretzels, baked chips, veggies, fruit, etc. Everyone in my family now knows that 1 baggie = 1 portion. We can grab & go!

- Submitted by MOM2NATURE 7/18/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eat Watermelon if you have Night time munchies

I love eating watermelon as a snack or if I have night time munchies - it is very filling and healthy and feels great in summer!

- Submitted by FINALLYBEINGME 7/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Focus on the Whole

"As I ramble through life, whatever be my goal,
I will unfortunately always keep my eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the whole."

Wendy Wasserstein

Stay focused on the whole!

- Submitted by POPEYETHETURTLE 7/16/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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IF YOU HAVEN'T WORN IT IN A YEAR, DONATE IT

Get rid of anything in your closet that no longer fits or you don't wear because you don't like it. Make a list, donate it to charity and get a receipt for an income tax deduction.

- Submitted by JGRAY76 7/15/2011 in Organization | 4 Comments
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walk

park wayyyyyyyyyy out and walk everywhere you go!

- Submitted by JJZCL5 7/14/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Be honest

I'm doing much better now that I admit when i go wrong. Sometimes I do eat something i shouldn't have. But instead of beating myself up and feeling bad i admit it was not the best thing to do and draw a line under it and get back to doing what i was doing when i was doing good!!

- Submitted by JANEYMCD 7/13/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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No Food is "Bad"

My secret to successful weight loss is changing my lifestyle with The Full Plate Diet. No foods are restricted as long as each day I eat correct serving sizes, eat my veggies and fruits first, work up to goal of 40g of fiber, drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water, and do some kind of activity for at least 30 minutes each day. It's not hard and once you get the "habits" down, it's easy to not yo-yo.
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- Submitted by JMS72455 7/12/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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