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10,000 Steps

I find that wearing a pedometer all the time the best way to get in my 10,000 steps. I find myself parking far away, walking while talking on the phone, taking things to co-workers rather than dropping it in the mail. It all adds up to extra steps and extra calories burned.

- Submitted by 7DWORPS 6/9/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments
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Freeze Your Water Bottle

Here in Las Vegas, temps max out at around 115 in the summer, but stay above 100 for most of June-September. To keep cool and hydrated during my summertime walks, I take a completely frozen bottle of water with me. It starts melting within about 5 minutes, so I have water available to drink when I need it. It continues to melt throughout my hour-long walk, giving me water continuously. And bonus, it cools down my hands and keeps the heat-induced swelling to a minimum!

- Submitted by THEMUGGET 7/22/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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How to minimize Salad Dressing w/out losing the flavor!

I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!

- Submitted by NASCAR_CHICK 4/24/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Baked tomato as a snack?

Tomatoes with a sprinkle of part skim mozzerella and toasted almonds. Just slice tomato, add cheese and almond slivers and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 1/3/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment
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Trick Your Brain with Soup

Begin your meal with a bowl of cold gazpacho or a broth-based soup, and your calorie intake for the whole meal will plunge by up to 20%, research suggests. Liquid fills you up, so you're less likely to overeat. And remember to sip the soup slowly as it takes the brain about 20 minutes to register fullness.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/15/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Reward Yourself with Experiences

I'm learning to replace food rewards (go to the gym and you get a cookie) with experiences that help me feel good. Now, it's go to the gym and you get a bubble bath; walk an hour and you get a half hour to yourself to read; hit the next 5-pound goal and take yourself and a friend to the movies or on a hike someplace pretty.

- Submitted by AESERENA 7/14/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Method to my Housekeeping Madness

I have finally gotten into a 10 minute routine with my bathroom and bedroom housekeeping. I have a set of cheap handtowels for housekeeping (in a different color). After my shower, I spritz the shower with my vinegar solution, sponge the wall and tub, straighten up, dry off the shower wall with my housekeeping hand towel, take that towel, go do the bed, take the same towel and do a quick dust, and straighten. My hair dries enough to cut my blow drying in half. More time for me emoticon

- Submitted by SHERYLDS 12/21/2010 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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saving water

Before taking a shower, turn the water knob to "hot" and fill a clean gallon bucket with water until the water turns hot. You won't have to waste the cold water. Use it to water plants instead of the drain..

- Submitted by ARNETTELEE 7/19/2010 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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Just Do It!

As the queen of procrastinators I've begun to realize that I just have to remind myself "Just do It!" because if I wait until later, "Baby, it ain't gonna happen:( emoticon

- Submitted by BETZYGIRL 12/12/2010 in Exercise | 12 Comments
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sugar snap peas

I snack on them all the time. They have hardly any calories and no fat.

- Submitted by MARLE811 7/10/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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