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1/9/19 11:55 A

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I use a ton of ice in my water which makes it more enticing so I drink more

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1/9/19 9:36 A

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I walk as much as possible anywhere I am. I take the stairs and take the longest route. I try to exceed my 10,000 daily steps as frequently as possible.



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1/9/19 9:31 A

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If it is a food to you eat with a spoon use a teaspoon. It makes it last longer.

Chop all your veggies and meat into bite sized chunks after cooking before you sit down to eat. A chicken breast in bite sized chunks looks like a lot more on your plate than a chicken breast!

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1/2/19 6:24 P

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I March in place while waiting for the microwave. I also get up and March in place through commercials when watching TV.

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1/2/19 1:06 P

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I never sit when I'm on the phone, I walk around my house. Also when I go to sit down I do 2 or 3 squats over the chair before I sit. It's such a habit at home my hubby teases me about it....lol

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12/19/18 5:52 A

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when i am walking my slow old doggy i do Leslie Sanson style walking on the spot while he sniffs and dance to my music ... luckily it is late and no one is about most of the time

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12/17/18 7:18 A

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Great tips! These tips show how staying fit and healthy is a mindset. Small choices done consistently over time create results, positive or negative, depending on the choice.

No matter how slow you go, you are STILL lapping everybody on the couch.


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12/14/18 6:06 A

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I love all of these!! @KENDILYNN I think your broken window helping you stay out of the drive thru applies!!!! Staying health comes in many ways.

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12/13/18 9:46 P

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i dance in the kitchen when cooking or cleaning. it makes the task a little fun and it goes by faster.

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12/12/18 12:30 P

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I get strange looks and even weirder questions, but when I go to coffee with my friends and we are at a breakfast restaurant, I look at the salad menu and order , usually, a taco salad without the shell, and no dressing. I get the salsa and sour cream, they are better for me than the dressing. Everyone else is getting bacon and eggs, and toast. It takes me twice as long to eat a salad as it would to eat a traditional breakfast and it is better for me.

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12/4/18 10:54 A

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I think this *kind of* applies...When I was in college the power window on my older car went out. My dad tried to give me money to fix it, but I realized that I couldn't use the "drive thru" if the window was broken, so I left it. No Freshman 15 for me! That created a habit that has stuck with me to this day.



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12/3/18 7:37 A

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in the car i brush teeth when i feel like i want to pull into garages for bad food

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11/28/18 1:17 A

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I do plies in the shower. I am not even remotely athletically inclined but I know how to do them.

It's very tough for me to focus. I'm like: 'Look, something shiny! No, focus. Oh, there goes a butterfly!' Gabby Douglas

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11/25/18 11:41 P

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I try to take multiple trips at work instead of combining trips

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11/19/18 4:15 P

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I used to do the flamingo-cooking, but then our dog would always steal the slipper that was on the ground by itself. =)

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11/17/18 5:37 P

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Dear ObiesMom2 - thanks for the laugh...and great idea. I am going to think those exact same thoughts when walking past any food/s not worth the calories/fat!

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11/17/18 4:29 P

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While filling up my car I'll stand on my tiptoes and bounce. No that the weather is cold people think I'm just trying to stay warm. LOL I'll stand on my tiptoes for about 5-10 seconds and then back flat footed for 5-10, etc while standing in lines.

At work I'll "dance" in my chair to music.

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11/17/18 2:20 A

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Thank you everyone for some great ideas!

My odd one is similar to a few others.

While brushing my teeth I do wall sits and or pace the length of the bathroom.



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11/16/18 6:32 A

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I actually have another one. I know that 2 laps of inner corridor of most of the floors at my work equals a 1/4 mile. I figured that out one day earlier this year when I arrived early due to allowing extra time for the drive due to snow.

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11/13/18 2:36 P

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I drink a TON of water and so make frequent trips to the bathroom. Each trip I do a set of body weight exercises. Wall Push-ups. Squats. Lunges. Tricep dips! (It adds up throughout the day!)

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11/13/18 12:41 P

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Some good ideas have been posted.



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11/13/18 11:43 A

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Not terribly odd, but my fitbit prompts me to walk so many steps every hour. I try to at least double every hour's mandatory steps as well as taking a longer walk daily. I could be very sedentary curled up with a book, so this keeps me mindful of movement. And I park at the farthest parking spot in any parking lot. And drink a lot of water when I feel hungry. Nothing real odd, but it's all the little stuff that adds up. Down more than 90 pounds over the last few years.

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11/13/18 9:31 A

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This may not work out in your workplace, but it can in other places. Dance. I can usually easily "call up" Boogie Wonderland or September, or something like that in my head (if not on my phone,) and just dance instead of standing still while I'm doing other tasks. Sometimes that only involves engaging my core and stepping around, sometimes I can do The Twist, sometimes I can do something like The Hustle, and so forth, depending on the situation. It's fun, and really seems to help brighten my mood, too. emoticon

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11/12/18 3:13 P



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CSROBERTSON621,

Many of my co-workers have to drive into work. I'm lucky. I can walk. So, when someone asks me how long it takes to walk and I say,"an hour". they are shocked and say,"isn't that a long walk?" not for me. why is walking for an hour worse than being stuck in traffic in an hour long commute ?

Like you, I prefer to walk whenever possible. If it's a long distance, I'll take a bus, subway or uber. Driving in the city makes no sense when there isn't any parking or a parking garage is $25-$50 for a day.

I'd rather walk.




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11/12/18 6:42 A

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I love what people are sharing!!!

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11/11/18 6:31 P

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I try not to drive to anything within reasonable walking distance, unless I need to car to carry something/someone. My boys love walking to the store, post office, etc. with me - probably because they can usually talk me into stopping at the playground!

We lived in the center of the city without a car at all for 6 years before my boys were born - so we walked or took the bus most everywhere. (We used cabs or a car share - there was a Zip car lot at the CVS around the corner - when that didn't work. But walking was usually both easy and, of course, cheap.) I got used to just walking most places, and have tried to keep it up as much as possible, despite moving to a less-urban area of the same city, and getting two cars after my sons were born.

Not really that odd, but sometimes it seems like not driving everywhere is odd by American standards!

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11/11/18 3:55 P



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When I'm stuck in an airport waiting for a flight, I pace (walk) around the terminal to kill time and get in some extra steps. Since I know I'm going to be stuck sitting in a plane for a few hours, I try not to sit while waiting. I walk around even if it means I'm pacing.

And well, when I'm stuck in a line, I'll do calf raises. Gotta see why that line isn't moving. LOL



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11/10/18 11:03 A

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When I first *really* started this Journey, a dietician suggested to mentally envision all those work treats as "nice colorful plastic decorations"...why would I want to eat that??! LOL--it worked!
This thread has made me realize I need to recycle that mental image to some of "those foods" I need to stay away from here at home, and defeat these last 8 lbs forever!
patti

PS: thanks for those "stand on one leg" ideas....!!

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11/10/18 7:28 A

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@SARAH8711 I agree!!!!! I don't think trying to be as healthy as possible as odd. I actually am amazed at how inactive people are or how much junk they eat and maybe that's what's odd? :-)

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11/9/18 2:16 P

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If it helps I do't care if others think it's odd.

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11/9/18 1:57 P

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Not yet, but I love some of these ideas and am going to try them.



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11/9/18 8:41 A

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My electric toothbrush signals when it's time to change quadrants. I stand on one leg while brushing my teeth, and change with each quadrant.

When I'm in the presence of too many tempting baked goods, I tell myself that they were sneezed on, or the baker didn't wash their hands after a trip to the bathroom.






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11/9/18 6:01 A

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If it helps, that's great!

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I love eating ice....one way to get in extra water!



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11/7/18 6:37 A

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Interesting stuff.:) I have started walking by the candy dishes on my co-workers desks, including the pile of the Reese's PB Cups and telling myself YUCK!!!!! I have been consuming way too much of that garbage lately.

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11/6/18 7:25 P

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Don't know if it's unusual but I make sure that I move every hour. With my Garmin I have to see "move bar cleared" so that keeps me moving.

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11/5/18 12:59 P

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My balance is terrible (nothing medically wrong - I've always been this way). I'm going to try that for short periods to see if it helps.
My exercise instructor is a sweetie; for balancing moves that she sees me struggling with she'll quietly give me an alternate move or a modification so I don't tip over.

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11/4/18 8:18 A

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Thanks for sharing! It's fun to learn about other people's odd ways all in the name of good health. Maybe more people will share.

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11/3/18 10:28 P

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Apparently I have become a "flamingo" cook --- standing on one leg with the other foot against my thigh, and alternating every 2 or 3 minutes...

I started doing this deliberately a few years ago when I was making a new-to-me lemon curd recipe that required continuous whisking for 8 minutes --- and it seemed like a good time to work on my balance. It felt good, made the time seem to go faster, and prompted better posture along with the better balance, so I started doing the same thing any time I was standing at the stove.

I hadn't intended it, but it has now become such a habit that I am pretty much always "doing the flamingo" whenever I am standing doing a kitchen chore (prepping, stirring, washing dishes...) and don't even realize it until someone points it out.

It is a bit odd - but my posture and balance are better emoticon

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11/3/18 3:04 P

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LOL...love it! Mine would be doing some stretches (quads, achilles, shoulders) lunges, etc while I brush my teeth.
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11/3/18 7:25 A

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In your journey to a healthier you, have you developed any unusual habits to try and stay healthy? I am not talking the standard exercise for whatever amount of time or the consumption of more fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. I am talking souped up habits but still healthy? What caused you to do it?

My example is that I jog in place at the elevator at work if I am the only one riding it. (I have bad osteoarthritis so taking the stairs too much causes pain.) I started doing this when I accepted a new position at my company back in March which required me to commute to the office; I'd been telecommuting prior. My new position is call center and I am basically strapped to my phone unless I am on break. If I even go to the restroom off break, it works against me so I try be as active as possible while breaking and hence the weirdness in the elevator, lol.



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