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Eat all day.

Besides starting my day out exercising I like to eat all day. I eat small portions of healthy or low fat foods all day long and that helps me to not get so hungry. Being I love to eat I find that if I keep things around such as crackers, cut up nibble type vegetables, easy to eat fresh fruit.

- Submitted by TREBLEGP 3/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Carry a *Durable* Snack At All Times

Carrying a healthy snack is a great idea, but make sure it's durable! That banana you stuck in your purse this morning will not help you avoid the candy bar after lunch if it is disgusting mush; the granola bar will not help you avoid the drive-thru if it is crumbs from its ride in your backpack!

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Reduce the salt to lose and look beautiful

Try reducing your sodium/salt intake to less than 1000mg per day for 7-10 days. You'll notice a jump in weight loss which is mainly water but the scale doesn't fluctuate and the puffiness in your face and limbs goes away!

- Submitted by AHAPPYLIFE 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Don't be shy; we're all here for you!

Using the message boards and sparkteams is an invaluable way to gain emotional support when you're just starting and getting used to the site and your new lifestyle.

- Submitted by DAMNGIRL 3/27/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Mental is #1

This journey is 95% mental and 5% exercise and nutrition. Figure out the reasons that you gained weight, work on dealing with emotions/stress, keep finding new ways to stay motivated, and take care of YOU!

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Go With The Store Brand

Store brands are often very good, so give them a try! This is especially true of things like frozen fruits and veggies, staples like flour and milk, and cleaning products, where the taste or use doesn't vary much between brands anyway.

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Shop the perimeter of the store

Here you'll find healthier options: vegetables, fruits, meats, diary products, and bread. Eating less processed foods is healthier, saves calories, and has more nutritional value. Plus you'll avoid temptation by sticking to the outside.

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Why buy when you can borrow @ the library

When I hear of a new book, CD or DVD I look at the library first. Sometimes you have to put your name on the "holds" or reserve list, but I can always find something there to read while I am waiting. I preview things at the library first to see if I really would use it, before I buy.

- Submitted by PAHEALY 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Don't Buy More Car (Or other appliance) Than You Need

Know what your needs are when you are buying a major appliance or a car. Find out what features you need. Make sure you have them, and DON'T LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO ADDING ON NEAT FEATURES YOU WILL NOT USE. It isn't worth the extra money for useless (to you) features that sound cool in the store!

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Accountability

I am motivated in knowing I have to account for every bite of food that I put in my mouth. If I cheat, I am cheating nobody but myself. I know I have to login to SparkPeople everyday to keep myself honest. If I have to skip days due to no access to the computer I will catch up when I get back to my computer.

- Submitted by ZZSUNSHINE 3/27/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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