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cottage cheese and pineapple

This little snack helps me get thru major sweet cravings. Im not into mixing my fruit into things so I just eat the chunk pineapple right outta the can after i take a bit of the cheese. its soooo yummy! And does the trick.

- Submitted by LJM100 3/18/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Build the muscle!

Watching Biggest Loser, you see them shape up fast...HOW do they do it? The trainers start them out PROMPTLY building muscle. We neglect this BIGGEST secret....and need to emphasize this fact alot more!

- Submitted by SUNNYARIZONA 5/16/2010 in Exercise | 33 Comments

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How to Make Sure You're Really Hip-Width Apart

Many people have the problem of standing a bit too wide when asked to stand with their feet hip-width apart. A FitSugar blog post explains how to find this stance naturally:

March slowly in place, stop, and then casually kick up your left leg and allow it to fall back to the ground naturally. This motion results in a stance that is almost always hip-width apart!

- Submitted by SARAHMAC1978 6/7/2011 in Exercise | 36 Comments

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Jogging in place

Anytime I have just a few minutes, on commercials, even right after using the restroom before flushing and walking out into the feront room, I jog in place for a minute. It raises my heart rate and wakes my body up to get my blood flowing and my heart beating. emoticon

- Submitted by ANDRAXIA 7/31/2010 in Exercise | 36 Comments

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Just Move

It doesn't matter whether you're walking, working out at the gym or cleaning the house. Just get on your feet and move! I find that music usually helps get my feet moving. So turn some on and turn those dreary chores into a fun dancing workout.

- Submitted by FYRESHAMEN 4/4/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments

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Using Real Stairs!

I work on the computer all day and like to take a break and run up and down the stairs a few times. Sometimes I will put a pile of stuff at the top and run up and get one thing each time till all the stuff is at the bottom. I'm goal-oriented and this keeps me going - to finish getting the stuff!

- Submitted by DORIS32 6/1/2010 in Exercise | 30 Comments

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Get strength training in while watching TV

I keep my hand weights on hand...hehe... and do different strength training excercises while I am watching TV!!! Kill 2 birds with 1 stone while being healthy at it!!! emoticon

- Submitted by LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/9/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Jumping Jacks in the Restroom

Each time I get up from my desk to use the restroom, if the room is empty I go to the largest stall and do 30 jumping jacks. Because I'm drinking so much water, I go fairly often, and it gives me lots of opportunities to sneak in exercise and rev up my metabolism.

- Submitted by CHANAK 4/1/2010 in Exercise | 27 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 | 45 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 | 87 Comments

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NEVER GIVE UP

Keep exercising, even if you are not losing pounds you will be gaining muscle and losing inches.

- Submitted by SUSIEQ432 5/1/2011 in Exercise | 33 Comments
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