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Daily Blogging

I blog daily, even if I don't have anything earth shattering to report. It keeps me accountable and honest and sometimes allows others to point out to me when I may need to make corrections to my plan before I slip up.

- Submitted by LOGOULD 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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SOS Start on Sparkpeople

Before eating at night, stop on sparkpeople, check your food for the day, and check out some friends or blogs. If you have some spare calories, choose something and come back to log in food. Usually if I do this, I don't overeat and I get tired and feel fed by my spark buddies.

- Submitted by SOLUCKY12 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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When the Sweet Cravings Hit

When I am craving something sweet after dinner or in the afternoon I turn to dessert teas.... chocolate hazelnut, creme caramel, vanilla nut... there are several out there. They usually come in decaf varieties. As an added bonus, tea suppresses your appetite!

- Submitted by SCENTEDLILACS 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 8 Comments

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Getting Started

Going slowly in the beginning is working for me. Using a program of walking daily I'm doing something good for myself and developing what I hope is a lifetime habit. I like to think I'm building a solid foundation.

- Submitted by COTTRELL11 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments

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M & M's

Make a Mantra for yourself! My favorites are:
#1 No complaints, no excuses
#2 I don't get this day back. If I don't exercise, it's lost time.
#3 Today's accomplishment is tomorrow's starting point
#4 Just do it! No one else will do it for you!
#5 Can;t reach a goal if I don't have one

- Submitted by 1LITTLEJO 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Shop the perimeter of the grocery store!

Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store when shopping. You get your fruits and veggies, meat, eggs, juice, healthy breads, etc and skip all that processed food that is loaded with salt and other preservatives! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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Share a Trainer with Friends

Sharing the cost of a trainer makes it affordable to have personalized attention. Plus you won't miss a work out because you won't to waste the money you've already paid on the trainer. Friends waiting for you keeps you accountable to show up (and accountable when out together at restaurants).

- Submitted by MUCKITY_MUCK 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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80/20 secret

Eat 80 % of daily calories healthly as you can and 20 % of your calories what you like but make them count.

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

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sparkpoints

i'm addicted to earning sparkpoints. i'm on here everyday to earn more. i workout like crazy to earn the maximum amount of cardio sparkpoints. i think they should raise it : )

- Submitted by BLUTWNTY1 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments

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combining the sales with the coupons

I use several websites to help me plan but I use coupons combined with the sales of the week. Grocery stores run on 6-12 week cycles and I hold my coupons until the item is on sale. Also Kroger and Publix do double coupons up to 50 cents.You can also stack a store and manufacturers coupon together.

- Submitted by ROCKNROBIN62 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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