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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Pillow Cases Organize Sheet Sets!

After doing laundry I fold and place all the pieces of a sheet set (fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcases) inside one pillowcase and put it in the linen closet. Then when I need to make the bed I don't have to dig around for a matching set!

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My SparkSummary Calendar

I was just told about this feature and it rocks. It tracks your daily calories, fitness minutes & SparkPoints. You can look back at a week or a month and see how you made out. You get gold stars on the days you made your calorie target. Now I want to count gold stars and maybe make them a goal!

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Learn Sparkpeople By Earning Your Points

When I first joined sparkpeople, I felt the the site was very overwhelming and by concentrating on earning my spark points, I really learned the site quickly! Now I am addicted to earning my sparkpoints!!

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Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

After 60 years of struggling to get the shells off of hard to peel hard- boiled eggs, I finally found a simple fool- proof solution to the problem. No special appliances are needed. You Simply place the eggs in any steamer you have over boiling water for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the heat...

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Swimming for Health

Going for a swim gets me back on track. Since it is probably the exercise I enjoy most, I don't have to push myself as hard to go for a swim as I would for other exercises.

When I feel bad, a swim gives me energy. It is more like playing than working out. If I were to make a recommendation...

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Living in a Vertical Landscape

Living in a landscape that is as vertical as it is horizontal, walking to the post office gets the heart rate up.
It is only two and a half blocks to the post office from my house. It is also an elevation gain of almost one hundred vertical feet.
The first block is relatively flat and makes ...

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munching in the evening??

Instead of sitting down to watch TV--or on the computer--with a bowl of munchies--grab a bottle of water , ice cold, and keep it beside you and sip on that---

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paint your nails!

after dinner to resist any snacking i'll sit down and give myself a manicure and paint a new fresh coat on my nails....letting them dry leaves little to do especially raid the fridge.

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Keep a positive attitude!

Keeping a positive attitude is 50% of the battle!

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Rediscover your crockpot

When life is hectic and you don't think you have the time to cook a healthy dinner, pull out your crockpot that has been collecting dust. You can throw in your meat and veggies and a few seasonings and just forget it. When you come home from work or a day away from the house, your dinner is cooked...

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Eat slower!!!

I suggested a challenge more teams I co-lead to eat slowly/slower. I got so many positive feedbacks!! I was doing the challenge too and low and behold!!! It works!!! I got full faster and I even left food on my plate!!! Now if I can do it, anyone can!!!

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