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Never never let yourself get too hungry & exercise every day

My secret to maintaining my weight is to always plan to eat at certain times so I'm never hungry. Getting over hungry not only makes me eat things that I shouldn't but sometimes gives me headaches. Also, plan exercise every day regardless even if it's only for a short time. I always exercise first thing in the morning and as I am going to sleep I figure out how much time I will spend and still be on time for the rest of my day.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 4/23/2015 in Weight Maintenance | 0 Comments

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On Hand

I keep many different kinds of frozen vegetables on hand so I don't get sick of the same thing. Frozen veggies don't go bad and are more convenient than fresh. I do buy fresh in season. I live alone and had to learn how to have good choices on hand and not have to throw unused/spoiled food away.

- Submitted by GRAMPSPA 4/21/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Keep moving

Even when I'm not motivated I just keep moving. I make a big deal out of loading the washer and dryer, moving every part of my body that I can.I keep the soap on a high shelf so that I have to stretch to reach it. Same with things in the kitchen. Reaching and stretching every chance I get. When I'm shopping, I am really moving. I go the long way around to get to the aisles I need to go in. Those few extra seconds for each task add up to minutes that I don't miss. emoticon

- Submitted by ARMOMMI2 4/18/2015 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Moving @ the Office

I set my Outlook Calendar reminder to move every two hours... so I get up and take a walk around the floor... it's a very large building - just to get the cafeteria and back to my desk it takes me 20 minutes.

- Submitted by CINDY_LU_WHO 4/18/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Brewed coffee refills

I love specialty coffees when I go out with friends, or for a break at work. But they're all calorie laden, and they cost a lot too. But those specialty coffee places always have brewed coffee available with special treats you can add. For me, I like to dress mine up with a little soy milk, one packet of sugar, and either cinnamin or unsweetened chocolate powder. And if the place offers a discount for using one of their mugs, so much the better.

- Submitted by BARDIC_GRRL 4/17/2015 in Breaking a Plateau | 0 Comments

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Dance with kids

I crank up the music and dance with my kids. We have a blast dancing to Disney favorites or 80's classics! I get my exercise in and bond with my babies!

- Submitted by DRAGONSPIT 4/16/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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My little secret

I am "secretly" attending weight watchers meetings to lose weight. This way I can eat what I want, still lose, and nobody is looking at me saying "I thought you were on a diet". It's not a diet, it's a life style change, and since nobody knows I don't have to worry about negative comments when I do eat, or mess up! emoticon

- Submitted by DIETS_SUCK 4/14/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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My Secret

I get my workout in first thing in the morning, that way if I get too emoticon busy to another later that day, I've got it in first; not to mention I feel recharged afterward.

- Submitted by PONITAIL444 4/14/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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First thing

Instead of reaching for coffee I go my office to start with my spark coaching program, drink 16 ounces of clean water, do my planning and journaling for the day, then jump on my muscle machine and do 50 reps. I also do my prayers and devotional study. Takes me the same amount of time as making and waiting for coffee to brew. If I have time I make coffee but rarely need the jolt.
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- Submitted by KJBDOIT 4/12/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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even when I don't feel like it

I find that if I start to exercise, even if I don't feel like it...It only takes a few minutes to start feeling better.

- Submitted by 130GRETL 4/8/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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