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Don't Get Mad, Get Hot

Something got you down? Angry at someone? Don't sit and let the anger overtake you. Instead, use your emotions to fuel your workout.

I've found that if I decide that instead of getting mad I'll get even by getting thinner/hotter/more fabulous then I have a better, harder workout than normal. Instead of feeling guilty about comfort eating or being lazy or having excuses to not eat right or skipping the gym, I feel fantastic because of the workout.

- Submitted by GOLOPTIOUS 6/6/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Always keep track of how you are doing

Keep up the food journals. And never stop.

- Submitted by YOUCANDOITSUE 11/10/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 0 Comments
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Use Cash

Instead of using Credit Card or Debit Card - make sure you have the cash to pay for your purchase.

You will make better choices if you pay cash for your purchases. Ask yourself - Do I need this? or Do I want this?

- Submitted by DEBORAHBROWN1 11/8/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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You can't lose weight without counting calories

I heard a lady in my office say the other day, "I don't care what they say, you can't lose weight if you don't count calories," and she's right. Over the past year I've gotten lazy and stopped recording my food and I gained back a good 44 of the 101 pounds I had lost and couldn't figure out how to get it off. I was excerecising regularly and drinking my water relatively faithfully but it just wasn't coming off. Then I started recording my food and it's starting to come off again. emoticon

- Submitted by SDEBACA 11/7/2010 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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Saving Oil

Oil will go bad quicker if you have it exposed to light, heat or air, so even though it's tempting to keep it out near the stove because you need to use it, put it in a cool, dark part of your pantry instead. It will last much longer.

- Submitted by JANEMEETSWORLD 11/6/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Take the time to chew your food.

Many times I shove food in my mouth and swallow before tasting the food. I am trying to learn to slow down and chew and taste the foods. I find sometimes I don't even care for the taste of foods that I have been eating, and sometimes over eating with out thinking about it. And worse it is full of fat or sugar. So remember to chew food well and taste the flavors. It also lets the brain have time to say enough. It helps to make me more satisfied with my treats.

- Submitted by KTANNAR 10/29/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment
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exercise

if i go running early in the morning before i do anything it set's me up for the rest of the day, i seem to have more energy afterwards which last's me the rest of the day. emoticon

- Submitted by TARABUTLER2007 11/5/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Just DO it!!

Simple advice but true! The only way to get started is to DO it! You can always find excuses NOT to do it, but don't let yourself be drawn into that trap or you'll never get anywhere. emoticon

- Submitted by NEVERORNOW 11/3/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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Water, Water Everywhere!

I have multiple water bottles: in my car, in the house, on my desk at work, in my gym bag. That way I always have something to keep me from snacking or drinking empty calorie drinks. Make sure your bottles are BPA FREE! Best bet is stainless steel! emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by EVLOBOS310 11/2/2010 in Staying Healthy | 3 Comments
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A PLACE FOR THINGS

I am finding out that making a specific space for things declutters. I am using crackers tins, shoes boxes--everyday items as storage containers. Use your imagination and get your kids involved. It helps them to put things away.

- Submitted by IAM_HIS2 11/1/2010 in Organization | 5 Comments
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