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Slow But Sure Wins The Race

Start off slow so you don't overwhelm yourself. Start with the basics. For the first week, concentrate on your water and healthier eating. Most don't get enough water and by not drinking enough, your body retains it and shows on the scale. The next week, concentrate on counting your calories. The week after that, add in a walk 1-3X a week...then strength training...you get the idea. If you focus on one thing at a time it will all come together in the end :)

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Sodium

Watching sodium intake is just as important as watching fat, carbs etc.. Too much can play havock on the scale...especially right before a weigh in! Limit your pre-packaged foods, don't add salt to meals, and stay away from seafood before a weigh in. Of course....drink your H20 :)

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Form IS Everything

Amuze me and do this little experiment. Get a hand weight OR water...whatever you have on hand right now. Now...sit in your chair with your legs hip width apart and positon your elbow inbetween your knee and hip (on your inner thigh). We're going to do a concentration curl. First..I want you start wth your arm fully extended towards the floor and I want you to grip the weight with all your might and curl up. NOW...repeat that BUT...this time let the weight rest in your palm, loose fingers.......

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/19/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Getting My Cardio While Watching Biggest Loser

Whenever a season of Biggest Loser starts I break out my stepper. While watching it I'll step up and down. As the trainers start kicking butt I find myself picking up the pace! During commercials I'll stop and do push ups off the step and squats. It's motivating to me AND I'll get 1-2hrs of awsome cardio while watching my favorite show ;)

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/19/2010 in Exercise | 5 Comments
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Get The Most Out Of Your Squats

While doing a squat, transfer your weight/energy into the heel of your feet as you press up. You'll feel it more in your butt and you'll take the pressure of your knees :)

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/19/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Benefits To Eating BALANCED Meals

Eating protein with your carbs will help prevent hunger. Protein helps slow the digestion of carbs so you have more evenly dispersed energy that last longer into your day. Carbs don't always mean breads and pasta. Fruits & veggies are carbs too...they're fiborous carbs. Try to eat your heavier carbs earlier in the day when you need the energy and will burn it off and choose salad and meat for supper :).

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/19/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Develop A Support System And Get Involved!

This always helps keep me motivated and on track. Join Teams and challenges here on SP....get to know some people here and help motivate them, blog and read blogs. By getting involved with others, they will get involved with you which will lead to support when you need it as well as a boost of motivation when you're a little low :D

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/19/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Pressed For Time? No Problem! Get Your Workout In!

Circuit training will give you a GREAT workout in 30 minutes or less. Make stations alternating cardio with free weights. Warm up first of course. Jump rope for 30 seconds, then do 10-15 push ups, then step up and down on a step for 30 sec, then move to squats. You could do a number of different exercises to work ur entire body. You'll get your cardio AND strength training in one session. Don't think this is easy either...Try it!

- Submitted by SURREALDREAM 9/13/2010 in Exercise | 4 Comments
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