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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Jump Rope

Jump rope as fast as you can during commercial break of your favorite t.v show, in between each commercial break your heart comes back down which is good interval training.

- Submitted by JINXSTORM 12/9/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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Perspective to get back on Track

If you got a traffic ticket, you wouldn't spend the whole day breaking traffic laws. So why would you blow the whole day over a slice of pizza? by Beth Donovan 2009

- Submitted by ~INDYGIRL 10/22/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments

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Exercising with a buddy

Haven't found an adult to do my exercises with but my 2 year old great granddaughter loves to exercise with me. She makes it fun and she makes me smile as she tries to do what Grandma does. May not be what you are looking for but it works for me.

- Submitted by JOANN25 7/4/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Login to SparkPeople

After having a couple of days of not logging in, I realized that rather than looking at logging in SP as a big task or something that requires a lot of time/effort just treat it like maybe your Facebook or email. When you check your emails, do a quick login to SP, blog/post/browse/read as per your convenience and whenever possible multiple times a day. When it seems like a small casual task you wont dread doing it.

And we all know how much being regular on SP helps!

- Submitted by DDKDDK 2/9/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 36 Comments

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 47 Comments

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Magnesium is Good For Diabetes

Magnesium protects us against heart disease, lowering blood pressure, protecting against diabetes preventing the recurrence of kidney stones and improving the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium supplements also strengthen muscles and work with calcium to ensure strong bones and protect against osteoporosis. If taken along with a diet rich in magnesium sources, they can protect against a range of illnesses. Magnesium and calcium should really be taken together.Consult your doc!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/15/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 10 Comments

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3 question rule

do i realy want it,do i realy need it &will i regret it ?

- Submitted by HONORINGGOD 11/14/2010 in Healthy Eating | 7 Comments

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Detect patterns through journaling and calendar notes

The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.

- Submitted by DRB13_1 11/12/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Work with your body...not against it

I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.

- Submitted by AJHONDRNGAL 5/20/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 12 Comments

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Getting motivated to exercise

When I don't want to workout, I tell myself that I'll only do 10 minutes that day. Once I get started, I always do my full workout.

- Submitted by MONGO2TEN 4/20/2010 in Exercise | 20 Comments

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 90 Comments
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