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I changed my life, not my weight.

After I lost the first 40 lbs, I realized that excerise can be fun, that motivation comes from within and with out, and that there r many ways to make a salad. Summers coming and the salads will come from my own garden. Hey, think of the K's that r used to work a garden.
Thanks 4 all the support,

- Submitted by BIRDRIPLEY 5/27/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Everything counts!

Everything counts! That's a good secret. Not only every bite of food counts, but every single activity counts too! Stand when your hopping on the computer to track your food or check your e-mail. Walk in place while cooking dinner. Always take the stairs! Waiting in line? Calf-raises. In an elevator by yourself? Squats. Kids sleeping? Walk in place. Your hungry? Don't "test" the food that your cooking! Drink some water while you wait! Everything counts. Every single little thing we do COUNTS!

- Submitted by MOM2PHILNKEEG 11/5/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments

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Dancing in your kitchen

I always put music on while I cook, and I dance. I try to always move (which is not hard with some fun upbeat music).

- Submitted by CELINEAG 9/7/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Let It Heal

If you get an injury like a sprained ankle, take the time off the exercise to let it heal. Focus on eating right and resting. Return to your exercise regime once you are fully healed. Chances are if you do half exercises with an injury you are just going to prolong the healing process and it'll take

- Submitted by FAITH1029 6/30/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments

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How to keep going!

Ten seconds is not a long time. Five seconds is even shorter. When you start feeling like you're ready to give up, just hang in there for another ten seconds. Wow! You're ten seconds closer to your goal! That wasn't hard; now do another ten seconds. Before you know it, you'll have finished as planned.

- Submitted by SAPLING21 8/4/2010 in Exercise | 7 Comments

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Get Up & Do It!

Get up early and get your workout done before work /life / excuses set in. You'll feel great all day for having done it!!

- Submitted by FITNHAPPYNOW 4/18/2010 in Exercise | 32 Comments

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Making exercise a habit

I have learned on the healthy lifestyle change that IF I want to lose weight and get healthy I need to workout. I need to make these workouts a habit and the only way to do that is to make them fun. FInd something you enjoy and do it regularly. emoticon

- Submitted by CJRAMSEIER 2/28/2011 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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Multi Tasking while Sparking

Every little bit of exercise helps right? I do ankle circles, scissor legs and walking place while I do Spark People on the computer. Sitting on the edge of your chair and doing the reps strengthens your core. I feel as though I accomplish more toward fitness.

- Submitted by LAMARY9 6/12/2011 in Exercise | 18 Comments

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Keeping me exercising

The way I keep myself exercising every night is I download a audio book onto my mp3 player and listen to the story. I get so involved in the story that I want to exercise and forget how long I have been exercising. In order to find out what happens next in the book I have to go and exercise.

- Submitted by SABERRY1 5/5/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 133 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 | 43 Comments
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