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Movement!

Just getting off the couch and moving! It helped me make a great start in the beginning..I never sit still for longer than 5 minutes if I can help it(except meals)...just watch a child, they are only still when asleep...we should all be the same :)

- Submitted by GEMGLOW 7/29/2011 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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Make water more interesting!

I drink tons of water every day and flavor it with TRUE LEMON (or TRUE LIME or TRUE GRAPEFRUIT). There are no calories, no preservatives and no artificial ingredients. It's nothing but pure, crystallized fruit flavor.

- Submitted by COUTURELADY 7/5/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Use mustard instead of mayo to save fat and calories

I love tuna salad, but I don't like the fat free mayo, so I tried mustard instead. It was delicious! It helps me eat healthier and keep my fat under my target.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 5/25/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Ideal protein protocol

Following ideal protein protocol 7 days a week, drink atleast 8 glasses of water a day,4 vegi servings a day, i try to walk about 5000 to 10000 steps a day. roughly every 2000 steps is a mile and while doing so burning at least 100cals.if u lose 500 cals a day and change how u eat in a week u can easily lose 1-2 pounds.

- Submitted by PUTENPIE 5/23/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Once upon a time --->Now Happily Ever AFTER

I keep two pictures on my dresser ALWAYS! A picture of me when I was'nt happy with my weight, and eating habits. And a picture of the NEW me happy, and healthy. It keeps you in check, to maintain the new you. And a constant reminder of all the hard work you put into changing you life. You might say 'Ughh" looking at the one, followed by "But look at me now!!" emoticon

- Submitted by LYANALU 5/4/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 2 Comments
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Remember suggested proportion placement on plate!

Going to a smorgasboard used to be a problem for me, i knew which foods would be best for my nutritional intake, but took too much. When I remembered to use the proper proportion of food groups to have on a plate, I did well!

- Submitted by MARAHAB 3/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Stressed Out?

I've always struggled with stress (even counseling didn't help), so learning how to manage it was hard: The best stress reducer? Turn off your cell phone, lock the bedroom door, and crank up the iTunes and dance around like an idiot.

- Submitted by CRAFTJUNKIE 3/21/2011 in Staying Healthy | 3 Comments
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A Sinus remedy

My eye doctor told me this for sinus headaches near your eye area. Take a washrag and get it hot (not scalding!). Wring it out and put it over your eyes. When cool, take a corner and wipe the top and bottom of your eyelids. Also works good when you are in the shower so you can also breathe in the steam.

- Submitted by CHANLSURFR 2/22/2011 in Staying Healthy | 4 Comments
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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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Set your alarm to workout

I've finally figured out that if I workout in the morning, I'm sure to get my workout in without excuses. So along with my wake up alarm clock, I set the alarm on my phone, eat breakfast, grab some water and get in my workout. No excuses or guess work.

- Submitted by NCFITCHICK 1/31/2011 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Turnip Greens in a Fruit Smoothie

I put spinach in my fruit smoothies to boost nutrients. I can not taste the spinach. Recently I was at Super Walmart and noticed they have turnip greens in big bags and they cost a lot less than spinach. I read the nutritional label and they have a lot more nutrients than spinach. I bought some and put them in my fruit smoothie. I couldn't taste them either. Click on more information to read all ingredients in my fruit smoothie.

- Submitted by REEDSKI 1/22/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Stir things up!!

I've read it before, but it is working for me. Change your food choices and exercise around--don't get in a rut because your body follows that rut. I have added some regular foods (some that I avoided because of calories) and switched around the times I eat things. I also played around with my workouts--and have lost 9.6 pounds in the past two weeks.

- Submitted by ENUFF81020 1/17/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Talk to somebody...

... about anything that might be getting in the way of your goals. You can seek out a friend, a confidant, a doctor, a pastor, a family member and you can talk face to face, on the phone, in an email, on a message board--but talk to somebody. It will help you to think things through and stay focused--don't go out and "chase bunnies!" Stick to your goals! emoticon

- Submitted by ENUFF81020 11/30/2010 in Motivation | 8 Comments
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Ice Cream Lovers: Save Countless Calories

A weight watcher's leader taught me this:

Don't keep ice cream in your refridgerator. If you have an urge for ice cream drive to the nearest McDonald's with a drive-through. If there is a car or more in line drive by.

By keeping ice cream out of your fridge you don't have that temptation handy. By thinking about driving to McDs just for an ice cream you have time to let the craving pass. If you do drive to McDs there will inevitably be a car in the line so you can't get the ice cream.

- Submitted by REEDSKI 10/24/2010 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Be Careful!!

If you are like I am, you may be building a set of new, healthy habits to replace a lifetime of poor habits and choices. It is important to pay attention to what you are doing, even after your lifestyle seems to be healthy and focused. It is easy to slip back into things that you have done for years and longer. Continue to use the nutrition tracker and to reflect on your behaviors. Catch yourself slipping back into the "old ways" early and restate your resolve. You've worked too hard!!

- Submitted by ENUFF81020 10/22/2010 in Staying Healthy | 5 Comments
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Halloween candy, uh-oh

When at the store to buy candy for trick-or-treaters, take only the ones that you dislike.

- Submitted by SYLPHINPROGRESS 10/21/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Invest in Glass Storage Containers

To store food, glass is probably a better choice. (There may be reasons to keep the plastic, you can decide.)
Glass can be used in the dishwasher and microwave.
When plastic is heated (in microwave or dishwasher) and then we eat from that plastic container, a "chemical" is released that can then be found in our bodies.
The chemical is BPA.
Here is a great link if you want to read more, copy and paste in your browser: http://www.5minutesforgoingg
reen.com/766/plastic-in-
the-dishwasher/


- Submitted by REEDSKI 10/19/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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SparkAmerica Leaderboards: A Friendly Competition

Be sure to track your fitness especially if your city is on the SparkAmerica Leaderboards.
You can help your city rise to the top of the leaderboards!
There are also state leaderboards for SparkAmerica so you can help your state, too.
It's a friendly competition that makes commitment to exercise fun and challenging.

- Submitted by REEDSKI 10/17/2010 in Exercise | 13 Comments
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Just Do It !!!

Just get up and workout out. Use consistency as your friend to motivate you. Use a calender and mark the days you workout with a bright highlighter. It feels good to fill them in.
Just Do It !!! Be consistent !!! You know you can !!!

Often I don't feel like working out due to a chronic disease. No matter how I feel I make sure I do something positive towards my goal of getting in shape !!! I don't let the disease control my decision to get into shape.

- Submitted by TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/15/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Wishing For a Springier Step?

Lose weight and exercise often if you want a springier step.

When I was carrying nearly 70 more pounds on my frame I walked much slower and more carefully. I've noticed since losing weight I can walk with a springier step. Walking is easier and my knees don't hurt.

That should be motivation enough for staying focused on getting the weight off and keeping it off.

I think of when Oprah pulled a wagon full of fat out onto her stage. Get rid of the fat you are carrying!

- Submitted by REEDSKI 10/5/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Exercise Buddy

An exercise buddy that I email daily or more frequently has turned out to be a blessing. We motivate each other by reporting the exerise dvds we do or how long or walks are. It keeps us both on track. We are both challenged by health issues, so having a buddy that works out at my level is even better. We both understand our limitations and level we are at and don't let it stop us form acheiving our goals. Together we make progress. It has inspired our family members to work out also.

- Submitted by TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/2/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Get out of Bed on a Positive Note

As an emotional eater, I am constantly sneaking in positive reminders to myself in various formats. I particularly like when my mobile phone calendar alarm sounds off at 6:00am with a daily motivational reminder like: “Act as if today is a great day!” or “Act as if I am strong, lean, healthy, and sexy”.

- Submitted by ELEGANT_BABE 9/30/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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EGCG~The most abundant catechin in green tea

The most abundant catechin in green tea is epigallo-catechin gallate or EGCG. Look for an extract of Green Tea
that contains high levels of EGCG. 270 mg a day of EGCG is the optimal concentration to produce calorie burning! It keeps more NA (noradrenaline) in the brain triggering your metabolism to burn extra fat. EGCG is a slayer of fat cells!
And most importantly, EGCG stopped adipogenesis ~ the creation of new fat cells. Give it a try, what do you have to lose??

- Submitted by DANDYDONNAJ 9/11/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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Leslie Sansone: Look in Used Book Stores for Used DVDs.

I love Leslie Sansone. I have several of her DVDs. You can choose 1 mile on a day you don't have as much energy or go up to 5 or 6 miles by combining DVDs or repeating some miles. Her energy and positive motivation is infectious.
You can work out in your own home and you don't need a lot of room. No gym membership fees required. At the end of one DVD is a segment on fixing healthy breakfasts. By using the stretchy band during one of the miles you can strengthen your arms and core.

- Submitted by REEDSKI 9/4/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Sleep More

By making your lunch for the following day the night/day before you can set your alarm a few minutes later and get more of that much needed sleep.
Now that you are eating healthy, exercising, and losing weight you have more energy than ever before so it's easy to fix your lunch the evening/day before.

- Submitted by REEDSKI 8/29/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments
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