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When walking gets boring try this:

At 65 my go-to exercise is walking, as it is for many of us. In the "Walk this Way" challenge there are some suggestions for preventing boredom. Let's discuss a few and possibly add some more.

I have various routes measured out from a half mile to about five miles so depending on how far I ...

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Fidwits! I don't want Fidwits!

I have a name for foods that are empty calories or are not good for my health program -- Fidwits.

It stands for Foods I Don't Want To Eat, or FIDWTE. It's easier to say, 'Fidwit'. By naming them as something I DO NOT WANT, it makes it easier for me to pass them by.

Passing up s...

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Be Your Own Friend

Every time I am tempted to think or say something negative about myself, I wonder, "Would I say that to a friend in the same situation?"

If my friend complained about "looking fat" or berated herself for one slip up, I'd encourage her rather than join in. I'd never call her lazy or disgustin...

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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.

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

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Paper Clip Chain

I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.

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Clean to get lean

Why do you need to clean over and over again it would be so nice if you could do it and have it remain that way... but it doesn't and is a seemingly never ending task so what can we do about it? Want to sit on the couch and watch tv? Why not pump up the music and the intensity to blast those chores ...

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I'm Loving Fitbit Coach

If you have a fitbit, I can't recommend the fitbit coach enough. It's an app that charges $36 a year for the top teir. It's the best money I've ever spent in my fitness journey.

I am not a fan of the gym. Mostly this is because I live in a very rural area and our choices for gyms are awful. W...

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Choose Your Hard

A friend on another board years ago told me the following quote and it still resonates with me today:

"Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Choose your hard."

When I start to flounder or feel deprived or have a pity party over all the things I don't allow myself to eat, I r...

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Two A Days

I love to squeeze in a second workout after dinner by going downstairs and riding my recumbent bike while I watch the Wheel of Fortune! I pedal faster during the commercial breaks to up my heart rate.

I do my normal workout routine in the morning...... usually walking, jogging, and free weig...

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