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Meeting my water goals

When I decided to cut out soda and drink more water, I bought a couple of brightly colored water bottles. I know it doesn't sound like much, but when I see the bright colors, my mood perks up a little bit-especially when I'm having a rough day at work! I also used to think water was so boring, but now I have the bright colors to distract me ;)

- Submitted by VSCHULER 2/5/2014 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)
So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're worth it!

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Point, Counterpoint! Argue yourself to a new, healthy life.

When I feed myself excuses: I don't want to exercise today. I'm too tired, for example... I immediately counter with the opposite argument: Yes, I'm tired, but so what? Exercise will give me energy and stamina. Or if I'm eyeballing a piece of cake I think...It will taste delicious, but oh, the sugar and calories! Is the guilt worth it? Fresh fruit isn't as tasty, but it will help make you healthy. (Please see accompanying note.)
So make a case for yourself. Fight for your health, you're worth it!

- Submitted by AUNTIEGRIZZELDA 1/22/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Goal-Setting as a Mood Booster

I have found that setting goals not only yields results (as in accomplishing the obvious), but it boosts my self-confidence, and helps me think through my words and actions before following through. There is much satisfaction in completing goals!

- Submitted by NLPOLAK 8/5/2012 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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DSD Days - My Secret Weapon!

DSD = Do Something Different!!
Wake up in the morning and say "What can I do DIFFERENT today?" and then, DO IT!
Pick something small to change for just one day and then go for it. Make sure it's something small - like parking farther away, or eating a salad for lunch, or not having dessert. Make it small and do-able. You CAN do this!!
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a little SPARKITUDE in your day! :-)

- Submitted by ODAT1117 1/6/2012 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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THE 1 INGREDIENT RULE

whats helped me a lot is using the 1 ingredient rule. I try to stay clear of anything in the grocery store that contains more then one ingredient... I make everything at home myself from scratch and freeze extras if necessary. This keeps me from putting a lot of preservatives and extra sugars and salt. Saves me so much time not having to read every label as I go through and my meals turn out bright and colorful!!

- Submitted by KANDIGREGORY 10/3/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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LEARN TO CAN AND PRESERVE

Learning to can and preserve your own food does more than save you money. Many of the products on the market like canned tomatoes, beans, and fruits are canned in cans that have a lining that may be harmful to your health and can cause cancer. By canning your own food you save money and your health. Need help getting started? Go online, the library, or even your local cooperative extension has advice. You don't have to start out with pressure canning. (continued in more information)

- Submitted by TREVUG 6/25/2011 in Saving Money | 3 Comments
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Sometimes NOT tracking everything is a good thing...

OK... I'll admit it.... the week before my period I NEED (not want.. NEED) chocolate. I don't over do it, but for 5-7 days, I have to have it.

The problem is that once I go over my max 1300 calories a day, I tend to go waaay over.

Instead of tracking my indulgences this week, I make myself a deal... As long as my food calories stay under 1300, I allow myself up to 1000 calories each cycle that I don't track. My calories are low enough overall that the indulgence is okay.

- Submitted by RENEEOFARRELL 6/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Early Morning Exercise--Jump to It!

I exercise early in the morning before I can try to talk myself out of it! It is a great way to start the day, and leads to more positive results during the day.

- Submitted by BECCABOO127 5/23/2011 in Exercise | 14 Comments
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Visualize Your Morning

Mornings are not my best time of day. As a stay at home mom, I can flit away a few hours of the morning and then wonder where the time went. My new working plan is to plan my morning the night before. When I get into bed, I think about what I want to accomplish and then visualize myself performing my planned activities. This morning I was very slow moving. Because I had planned and visualized my morning, I accomplished my plan. Slowly, but I accomplished it all the same!

- Submitted by ELLENSUN 3/24/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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TAKE THE THINKING OUT OF IT!

I have heard so many of those I love and care for excuse themselves for not exercising! I don't judge them but, am sincerely concerned. Why isn't exercising a priority? The research is there as to how it affects your mood, your life span, your waistline, your energy levels and yet I hear all the time that people just "don't have time for it". My point is this..make a commitment to yourself that you will do "something" for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Take the thinking out of it! You deserve that!

- Submitted by JPARIANOS 2/21/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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The power to choose

I spent many years thinking that I was powerless to lose weight permanently. I DO have the power to change, however, because I have a choice, and it's mine to make each day. A healthy lifestyle is all about making the best choices we can along the way, not about being perfect. When I don't 'feel' like eating right or exercising, I remind myself that it's my choice--no one else can make it for me--and that usually motivates me to do what I know I need to.

- Submitted by GETFIT2LIVE 11/18/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Time to wake up!!!

I find that a good walk in the morning before I go to work makes me feel more energetic in the day. I don't feel tired like some of my co-workers and I found that this keeps me on my game.

- Submitted by YNVEYMI 10/30/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Exercise or Saving Money

I'm not sure if this is better posted under exercise or saving money. I guess it fits both. I have been saving for a membership to a gym. While I am saving I have gone to 4 local places and they have all given me a one to even seven day free pass to try out their fitness centers. Now I can work out at those places for free while I am saving for my membership AND it will help me make a better decision on which place to join!

- Submitted by DRUSHKA26 10/24/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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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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Find a mentor or role model who is living a healthy lifestyle

Finding mentors for healthy eating and exercise was key for me. Modeling some of my behavior on the positive examples of healthy friends and removing many of the negative influences has changed my life.

- Submitted by MISS_THING 5/14/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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State Parks make me more fit

I like to go to the state parks and state forests to get my exercise because there is always a new trail to explore or a new experience to see and do.

- Submitted by KOMA0603 4/27/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Get connected!

I was a 'lurker' on SparkPeople for a long time; I read but I did not get connected. It wasn't until I started commenting in forums and on other people's blogs that I really started having success in my efforts to change my life. It's the people here that make the biggest difference. Get connected!

- Submitted by GETFIT2LIVE 4/16/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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journal

Journaling can help you to know where you are and where you are coming from. It helps you to see what you may have done to affect your program and how to correct yourself to get back on track. Journaling is a great way to express yourself, review your actions, and motivate yourself on your journey.

- Submitted by MOMALDERMAN1 4/14/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Realization to keep on track

Any time that I feel like going back to old eating habits, I remember that 1 day off means 2 (or more) additional days on to make up for it. This weight loss battle is hard enough without adding to it!

- Submitted by LDANELIS 3/31/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Baby on my mind

I hope that losing with a combination of losing weight and healthy living I will finally be able to have the child I always wanted.

- Submitted by BRITTLEA2U 3/30/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Read Labels

Reading labels and avoiding added salt has helped me to eat healthy and lose weight. So many items items from OTC meds to food have added sodium written in variouus forms. By avoiding items that contain sodium I have been able to keep from adding pounds due to water retension.

- Submitted by MOMALDERMAN1 3/30/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Another Water Tip

Buy several refillable water bottles (I prefer the stainless steel myself.) Keep at least four full of water in the refrigerator to have on hand. Then there are no excuses for not having time to get water before leaving the house; just grab a bottle and go. Good for the environment too!

- Submitted by MRS_LOOMIS 3/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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"Just do it"

Put those shoes on and just start working out. Before you know it, you'll be done and then you don't have to worry about it the rest of the day.

- Submitted by TAREN584 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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