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Bikram Yoga!!! :)

Just try it for a few consecutive days. My body improved in ways I didn't expect and it's so challenging that when you finish you'll feel a real sense of accomplishment. Try it! :)

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Fit, Firm and Fired Up DVD with Nicole

This DVD from Spark People contains I believe five 10 minute workouts, which are no nonsense and really fun. There are also combined workouts for more time. A fifteen minute Cardio in a Crunch workout. They are very effective and quite doable. The only equipment you need is a yoga mat or some kind o...

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Share Your Journey

Previous times I've kept my journey notes confined to here at SparkPeople on my blog. This time around I've been much more public, sharing on Facebook and telling anyone who asks what/how I'm doing about SparkPeople. I have over a hundred people following my journey and encouraging me along the way....

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Autumn = Fall

So, there are four black walnut trees, one honey locust tree, and one apple tree in my backyard.

They all drop stuff!

Frustrated and just a little torked off, I'm telling myself, "I don't have time to clean all this up! I need to go for a run or a walk!" Yes, I actually thought th...

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Meditation and Yoga

I try to meditate several times a week. Many times it is a guided meditation. Sometimes I fall asleep during the meditation, but I allow myself that because it seems to be part of taking care of myself.
I also try to do yoga several times a week. Many times I find yoga is a meditation in and of i...

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Apples in too many words...

They're a great friend. Easy to keep on hand, don't spoil quickly. Tidy and affordable. Make sure you always have an apple nearby. I like mine room temperature and so leave some around where I can see them and grab one BEFORE getting overly hungry to keep from spiraling off track. <...

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Exercise while watching TV - use your recliner to help you stay active

I keep a set of 5 pound dumbbells on the floor next to my recliner. Whenever I am watching TV in the evenings or on weekends, I will pick them up and do biceps curls, shoulder presses, chest flys, etc. If I am feeling really energetic (a rare occasion!), I will stand up and do triceps kickbacks or s...

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Just do it!

Exercise has been a naughty word most of my life. I always told people that I was not athletic. I do not like to sweat! I am a good example of a couch/recliner potato.

Now, at age 72 my semi-annual blood test came back with a report that I was prediabetic. I was surprised and alarmed. I ...

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Yoga helps me manage stress.

I started a gentle morning yoga class about 3 years ago for the strength and balance aspects of the practice. I've found that one of the things I most enjoy about my classes is the stress-reduction that comes with it.

Breathing matches movement, and both require some concentration, so I'm co...

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Tracking my food BEFORE I eat.

I know what I have at hand to choose from and find that there are still surprises (good and bad) that can be incorporated or excluded BEFORE stepping on that land mine that means I have to adjust food later in the day to stay on track. I had NO IDEA that pistachios were so high-high calorie as they...

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morning workout buddy

One of the best decisions I've made in my life is when I started talking to a neighbor I knew, but didn't know well, at a neighborhood gathering. Both of us wanted to get healthier, and both of us wanted to walk a half marathon, even though neither of us were regularly walking or exercising in any w...

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