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Eat a Couple of Almonds Before you go to bed

Almonds are a fat burning food and it is said that
eating a couple before bed helps your metabolism!
Your body will be burning fat while you eat!

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Track your exercise!

Over the years, weight has crept on and while this has happened before (doesn't it always?) I find it harder to lose weight now that I am in my 50's. Watching what I eat without adding exercise doesn't work as well as it used to. For Christmas I was given a fitbit bracelet from my husband. It was...

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Burned Biscuits (Inspiring Story)

Burned Biscuits (Inspiring Story)
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 02:04 AM PST


When I was a little child, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.


On that evening...

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Keep a Positive Outlook

Need help staying positive through weight loss plateau? I think we’ve all been there, where we work super hard but the scale just won’t budge. It can be frustrating but there is much more to a healthy body than just a number on the scale! While we might get fixed on reaching a certain weight, there ...

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Can You Google Your Memory?

Can You Google Your Memory?

Before the advent of home computers and cell phones, you probably memorized a lot more information — such as phone numbers and birthdays — than you do now.

Not surprisingly, a new study has found that the brain just doesn't remember information as well if th...

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Being Prepared & Organized

One of the most helpful things I am doing to lose weight is to be prepared. Especially, if I am leaving the house. I have little insulated lunch bags that I got from either Target or Walmart. I bought them when they were on sale at the beginning of the school year. I put little snacks in there, s...

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Cell Phones Affect Brain Activity

Cell Phones Affect Brain Activity

Holding a cell phone to your ear for a long period of time increases activity in parts of the brain close to the antenna, researchers have found.

Glucose metabolism — that’s a measurement of how the brain uses energy — in these areas increased signific...

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TRACKING EVERY SINGLE DAY

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compu...

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Benefits of Fruit Water

Do you turn to soda, diet soda, sugary “juice” cocktails, vitamin enhanced waters, chemical-laden drops or other drinks with artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners to quench your thirst? Better options exist and the health benefits of fruit infused waters are numerous and delicious!

Fruit...

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A Precious Gift


Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love.
~Leo Buscaglia

A group such as Spark People is the ultimate expression of love. ...

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Walking is a Great Exercise

I've been keeping track of my steps since January 1st, with a goal of going from about 4500 steps a day (walking for exercise) to 10,000 steps for exercise purposes at least 5 times a week. I wanted to get to that point by February 1st, and I kind of lost track with other drama in my life. I made i...

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