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Cutting out or down on ALCOHOL

I was losing very slowly until I went alcohol free for 40 days. Weight came off much quicker then. Now I strive for balance. Drink alcohol only 2 days per week max. Amazing what this little change can do to speed up weight loss.

- Submitted by MOONSTREAM 4/10/2013 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Liquified

I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, so the rest of the day I try to drink lots of water to counterbalance the diuretic qualities of the coffee. To do this, I carry around a big plastic cup with a plastic reusable straw that's meant for iced coffee--but it's filled with water! I'm not wasting any cups and the big straw ensures that I drink quickly. I also bring this with me to the gym so I can sip easily during my runs!

- Submitted by MONGIE09 3/1/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Beating a sweet craving

Sometimes at night, I get a craving for something sweet. Rather than having a cookie or piece of pie or whatever other bad thing is around, I make a cup of tea. I use a sweetener that has probiotics in it, and I can add as much as I need to, in order to beat the craving. The warmth and extra sweetness of a cup of Vanilla Caramel hot tea really stop my need for eating junk!

- Submitted by REVALLYSON 1/16/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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No soda!

Today is my ninth day without drinking soda. I was a Diet Coke addict and always HAD to have that fix. I unconsciously gave it up just after Christmas and haven't looked back. I feel better and my workouts (surprise!) are so much easier to complete.

- Submitted by KVITARTAS 1/4/2012 in Healthy Eating | 9 Comments
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Drink Water before other drinks

I always make sure that I drink my water for the day before allowing myself any 'special' drinks such as flavored carbonated waters. If I start drinking other things, I don't always finish my standard water intake.

- Submitted by SHERYL_B 7/24/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Thirsty? Tired of water? Cheap alternative!

I drink my eight glasses of water a day, but sometimes I need FLAVOR. I am on a budget and can't afford to keep buying gatorade/diet drinks just for me.

Instead I use Kool-Aid and only put in 1/2 cup of sugar. The grape and the orange taste just like gatorade. With 1/2 cup of sugar, an 8 oz serving is 30 calories! The taste is a refreshing change from plain water and it's inexpensive!

- Submitted by OBNURSESHERRI 7/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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My glass is never empty.

While I am at work, I will have an occasional cup of coffee. However, I keep a tall mug of water on my desk at all times so that I can sip on it throughout the day. As soon as I have swallowed the last, I get up and go get more water. If I did not do this, I would not drink nearly as much water as I do throughout the day. A bonus is that the stainless steel inside of the mug I use adds no flavors to the water I'm drinking--I hate when my drink tastes like some other, absorbed flavor!

- Submitted by MOMMACASSEY 4/20/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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If you don not like water, alternate it with something else!

I have a terrible time drinking water because ever since I was little I absolutely hate the taste (or lack of one?). But I know I need that water, so what I do is alternate drinking water with something else. I have a 24 oz bottle (3 cups), so I'll drink one of those and then switch it out with maybe a glass of milk or a glass of juice or some Gatorade for a little flavor and something that I like. I find that, for me, hating drinking water as much as I do, it's an easy way to motivate myself.

- Submitted by LOKILETTE 4/10/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Use a Thermos water bottle to keep your water cold

I have two Thermos water bottles (made specifically for non-carbonated cold liquids) that keep my water cold for 12 hours! They're great whether I'm at work or in my car or working out or whatever! My water is always cold and ready to drink.

- Submitted by JOEY331 3/11/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Bring a water bottle and give yourself triggers

To get in the habit of drinking water, carry a water bottle with you all the time. Give your self triggers to sip on the bottle...every red light when you are in the car, sitting in a meeting at work, every commercial on TV take a sip. emoticon

- Submitted by MOTEEVATED 2/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Getting water in while you are at your desk

So, I just started here at SP. One of the things that my Wife has encouraged me to do is to get a good water bottle and fill it before I go to work and drink from that. A HUGE secret that I've found about myself is that if I have the bottle of water at my desk but off to the side, I will drink very little - like not even touch it. The trick is to keep it in front of me, near my monitor so it's always within view. Instinctivly, I reach for it, take a few sips, put it back.

- Submitted by STEVEBOYER85 2/3/2011 in Getting Started | 5 Comments
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water everywhere you go!

I bought a 40 oz stainless steel water bottle from Klean Kanteen. (They come in different sizes and fun colors too!)

I take it EVERYWHERE. Using the sport top, you can easily drink at least one bottle full per day. You don't even notice how much you're drinking until it's empty.

- Submitted by NEWSPAPERFAX 1/21/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Healthy Drinking- 8 a day the easy way

I keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator, which stores my 8-a-day. It's easier to track because I can visually see how much more water I have left. Plus, I have a horrible memory so sometimes I forget which glass I am on.
I got a new pitcher for Christmas that has an insert in the middle that I put sliced lemons, limes or oranges into- depending on what I have on hand. (I don't like plain water as much.)
When I was working, I would fill up a thermos to use while I was away to keep track.

- Submitted by STRRRETCH23 1/7/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Drink Water

I never drank any water before joining Sparks. Now I am consuming 8-9 glasses daily

- Submitted by REDCOWBOYBOOTS 12/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Drinking sparkling water

My secret is to drink sparkling water when I have a craving. The bubbles make you feel full and the salt counteracts the craving. The best sparkling water, IMO, is Perrier, as it is totally natural, and so tasty. If you are going to try this, buy sparkling water that is naturally sparkly, not one with added carbonation.

- Submitted by AUDELINE 12/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Hot vs Cold Water

i have found that I can drink a LOT more hot water, than cold. And if I squeeze a small amount of lemon in it, it goes down REALLY fast. Particularly soothing in cold weather.

- Submitted by REDCOWBOYBOOTS 12/19/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Distracted Drinking

It's hard to drink 64 ounces of water in one day! I've found that it's helpful to pour all my water into a pitcher at the beginning of the day. Then, when I'm watching TV, using the internet, reading, or riding the stationary bike, I pour the water into a glass and sip it. You'd be surprised at how much water disappears when you're concentrating on something else. We know that distracted eating is bad, but distracted drinking is great!

- Submitted by CMORGAN_10 12/5/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Tired of Plain Water?

I add approximately 1 tablespoon of organic, unsweetened cranberry juice to 8 oz of water. Refreshing and pleasant change from plain water (which I enjoy too!) If this is too tangy, you can sweeten with 1 drop of liquid stevia. Enjoy!

- Submitted by AZURELITE 10/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Drink Water!

Many times, hunger is THIRST IN DISGUISE. So always drink lots of water!

- Submitted by LEAH_ASHLEY 8/17/2010 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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I hate plain water but...

I know I am suppose to drink 8 c. of water a day. IF I even get 4, it is a miracle! People say to flavor it, use lemons, etc. Those ideas don't really keep me going with the water. So, I learned that if the water is ICE cold, I will drink more of it! emoticon

- Submitted by CHELSEAANNE8 8/10/2010 in Getting Started | 6 Comments
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Drinking water can be easy!

For many people drinking water is the most difficult part of their nutrition plan. I always mix plain water with sparkling water (app 3:1). It tastes great! I can't stop drinking it! emoticon

- Submitted by RONDUA82 7/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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H2O on the rocks instead of a martini

My worst splurge for calories is drinks with friends. I need to have more "H2O on the rocks" instead of a martini or in-between drink orders.

- Submitted by TISHTOES 7/21/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Sneak a Water - Call it Gin and Tonic!

I go out with my friends at least once a week for drinks. But upon seeing that a couple of gin and tonics are like 300 calories, I've put the brakes on. Now, I'm sneaking a water on the rocks with a lime (looks just like a gin and tonic), and my waistline AND my wallet are thanking me.

- Submitted by NIXIE_DUST 7/8/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Buy a BIG Water Bottle

I had a hard time finding a way to drink 8 cups of water everyday. Then, I started using a huge water bottle that holds 3.5 cups of water. I easily down 3 of them per day which puts me over 8 cups per day! =) I think it's a great investment!

- Submitted by JADEAWESOME 6/23/2010 in Everything Else | 4 Comments
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Track Your Water Right On The Cup!

If you're having trouble keeping track of how many glasses of water you've had (or can't get motivated to drink enough), use a paper cup and draw 8 boxes right on the side. You'll get to check off a box every time you empty the cup, and you'll see exactly how many cups are left to drink that day.

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 6/11/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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