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Hold off hunger cravings!

The best thing to do if you want to snack is to drink "chug" a full 8 oz glass of water before eating what you wanted to snack on. 9 times out of 10 for me, I've chosen NOT to eat what I went into the kitchen for! emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by SVIET10 3/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Fruits and veggies

I've found that increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables decreases my hunger for other foods.

- Submitted by ANDRAXIA 3/26/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 7 Comments

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Bike commute

Bike commuting is a good way to get in some cardio training and even intervals, if you're so inclined!

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

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The bag lady...

I seem to have a bag for everything: for the gym, for lunch, for church, for the music lessons I teach, for the English lessons I teach, for going to the library. I even have a bag of bags in the trunk of the car to pack my groceries in!

- Submitted by ZELLAZM 3/26/2010 in Organization | 8 Comments

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Keep a photo journal

Put photos either on your spark page or on your fridge or somewhere you see them often - I took one at my highest weight then added as I reached personal milestones. Visual reminders keep me motivated to keep going.

- Submitted by NANDAY 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Movin' It!

I use every opportunity to move my body. When waiting for my coffee in the morning, I do wall pushups on my kitchen counter. While waiting for my toast, I do leg lifts and knee bends. It all counts in the overall scheme of the day.

- Submitted by JEANSHEP2 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Interval training of 8 and 12 seconds

I read research done by an Australian University that showed women who swapped 30 minutes of non interval cardio for 20 minutes of 8 seconds (fast) 12 seconds (regular) on an exercise bike lost more weight. So I changed my routine and it has worked for me.

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

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Portion control for a busy lifestyle

On weekends, I make vegetable soup in a crockpot. I freeze individual portions to take to work for lunch. Some weeks I make chicken vegetable, other weeks my choice is beef vegetable.

- Submitted by KPACE7 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Putting together food groups

Tracking food is so important to weight loss. But it was tedious until I started putting together food groups and favorites. Now it takes me far less time. I thought I was label conscience before, but much more so now especially the calories per portion, VERY IMPORTANT! emoticon

- Submitted by MEHOPEFUL2 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Getting Your Fiber?

When I hit my first plateau, someone suggested adding fiber to the nutrition tracker. Turns out I was often under the range. Adding more sped up my progress!

- Submitted by ZELLAZM 3/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments
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