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Easy Talk Test

Living on a student budget, I use exercise videos at home. When the video instructor asks a question, and the participants answer, so do I. If it's very easy to answer, I rev up my intensity by making bigger movements with my arms and lifting my legs higher. If it's too hard, or I'm panting (as w...

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Stop Drowning!

... in other people's sorrows! We all have loved ones and friends with problems, but there is a fine line between helping someone and sharing in their change or temporary venting...and drowning in their sorrows. If you are left deflated and defeated, it's ok to cut the toxic ties!

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Combine exercise... with spirit... for more enjoyment!

Sounds crazy, but it works for me. When doing ST reps, I'll think of a SP friend in need, and think positive thoughts of her/him reaching their goal, or becoming free from their problem(s). I'm never bored, it keeps me positive, and the spiritual practice keeps me feeling connected to my friends!

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Smile!

Sound crazy? It actually helps during a workout.! That smile helps program your Deep Mind, your unconscious, with feelings of joy related to exercise. Those models smiling in aerobics videos? they have the right idea. It works - and it gets me into a great mood even when I'm just at warm-up!

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Join some Teams not related to your weight loss goals!

Sound counter-intuitive? Not at all. When you join SP Teams related to your interests, hobbies, lifestyle, etc. you bond with people who are passionate about the same things you are, and those 'virtual' friendships will motivate you, lift your spirits, and keep you positive! Social support is key!

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Tricking myself into exercise!

I love working out at my gym, but when I'm home, I 'trick' myself into sneaking in a little extra. I do 10-15 minutes of cardio, and then I get to answer a SP mail, play a game on one of my Teams, or write a quick note to a SP friend. Helps me with housework, too!

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To stop craving sweets

Add 1 tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll to your 16 oz. glass of water. Check with your doc or NP first. I find that it stops my sugar cravings, plus I get more water in. Chlorophyll will help to balance blood sugar - it's helped me not to snack after supper. Tastes good, too!

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Flax instead of (not so good) Snacks!

I add a tablespoon of ground flax to my oatmeal each morning. It's an easy way to get more fiber in, has a sort of nutty taste, and it holds me over. No desire to snack - so I can eat a light lunch and light dinner. Great for some of us with digestive disorders too!

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Scent to help you sleep!

I've had a really hard time sleeping lately, despite rigorous consistent exercise. Sandalwood oil helps. The pure essential oil only: pricey, but you only need a drop. It works wonders. Dab on your pillow, a tissue, even a drop under your nose. Not for PTSD symptoms, but good for ordinary stresses

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"Difficult" holidays

Some holidays are emotionally charged for some people, through lack of social support, negative memories, etc. I give myself permission to "re-translate" them! On Mothers' Day, I honour beloved teachers and professors who shaped and nurtured the person I have become. Food doesn't have to = love!

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