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Stay in Step

Staying on the treadmill at a moderate pace for any amount of time is sometimes tough, but keeping in step with your favorite dance tracks (think techno & club) and concentrating on the beat rather than your walking makes it fun and easy!

- Submitted by ARTGIRLJENN 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Make it part of your day

I have found that I need to add exercise right into my everyday routine. I drop my 3 youngest children off to school at 8:30 and then head right to the gym, before I had a gym membership I walked around the school a few times. If I was to go home I would never go back out to go to the gym.

- Submitted by MICHEVELYN 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Focus on one thing at a time

Build up your skills and break habits gradually. Start with one thing that you want to change, when you accomplish that you'll feel stronger and ready for the next challenge. Baby steps really work. If you attempt everything at once you're likely to become overwhelmed.

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Ingredients

If there are more than 5 ingredients in an item and/or I cannot pronounce the ingredients, I should not be eating it.

- Submitted by KNFRAIN 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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No Flogging!

I had to change my mindset for times I would "slip". No more beating myself up... now, it's "A new opportunity to be successful!" How lucky am I that I can start again? I don't wait for the next day to start fresh... I do it with the next MEAL! Soon the little successes snowball to big success!

- Submitted by MARJIJANE 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 5 Comments

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Make an Appointment...

Make an appointment with yourself (actually put it on your planner) and schedule your workout time daily. This keeps you accountable and lets you say no to other engagements because you already have an appointment! It is the most important appointment you can keep for your health.

- Submitted by SHARONGD 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Visual Water Glass

To get in all my water each day I pulled out a beautiful clear glass drink dispenser. Each morning I cut up a variety of fruits and add them to the dispenser along with a pitcher of ice and water. It is so pretty and it is visually inviting you to drink more water. emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by FAIRVIEWBONNIE 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments

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Linner! My secret weapon for staying within my calorie range.

You've heard of brunch, why not linner? When I'm hungry for a nice steak or other higher calorie restaurant meal, I make room for it on my nutrition tracker by eating a late lunch/early dinner. I eat a light snack at lunchtime and another in the evening and have one larger mid afternoon meal.

- Submitted by FITB4-40 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Round up

We round to the closest 5 or 0. When we pay a bill or for any item we buy, If the total is 22 we round to 25 and "forget" about the remaining 3 dollars, If is 26 we round to 30. At the end of the year that "forgotten" money sure adds up

- Submitted by BREQUIE 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Start a streak

Just 10 minutes a day will do wonders for your body and your mental state. You can gradually build up time. Having a daily commit helps keep on track and helps you feel successful.

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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