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Give to Get

When you are feeling blah, bored, useless, or need to just do something different, then give of your time.
When you go volunteer to help others the blahs immediately disappear, you aren't bored because you are physically and/or mentally busy. You can't feel useless. And it may be new for you. Do it

- Submitted by LAURABELIEVES 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Strength Training is Key

Strength trainiing is changing my life for the better! I alternate days of working my arms and doing some light cardio with days of strengthening my thighs and abs. It's helping me lose weight and feel good about how my body looks! In fact, I even blogged all about it.

- Submitted by POSTMODERNME 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments

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Meal Planning

I find that if I have food planned and with me I am not tempted to head to the vending machine at school at night. I plan meals the night before and pack a bag with a meal and snack for the evening and I am not tempted to grab the junk. emoticon

- Submitted by ACADEMY252 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Your life: a magnificent story

If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author, and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page. -Mark Houlahan

- Submitted by PATRICIAAK 3/26/2010 in Everything Else | 1 Comment

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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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