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Honoring Yourself

Before you eat anything ask yourself 'are you honoring yourself by what you're getting ready to eat'. I have this on a sheet of paper in my kitchen, you may want to put it on your refrigerator or somewhere else that you'll look at.

- Submitted by TRUNKJUNK 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Water before Wants

If you're absolutely craving that cookie, candy, doughnut, or second helping, try this: Estimate how many calories are in the food you want. For every hundred calories, drink 1 cup of water first.

- Submitted by KIMBERLYR617 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Cook More At Home

I seldom eat out much. It is true if you make it at home you have control over the ingredients. I enjoy making foods that taste good and are healthy for you.

- Submitted by SANDYBRUNO 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Portion Control

Since I eat out a lot I always take part of my meal home. Ask for a box at the beginning of your meal and box up part of it and don't open it until you get home.
When I was working toward my goal weight I pushed my plate away when I was full.
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- Submitted by DIDMIS 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Beware of no fat versions of food

Many fat-free foods are higher in carbs than ones with small amounts of fat. Tracking in nutrition tracker will help you realize you may not be eating enough fat and too many carbs! emoticon

- Submitted by ANNEYANDHANNAH 3/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments

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Get up from that desk

I often spend hours sitting behind a desk. I will set my phone to chime every hour and remind me to get up and stretch, move and even do a few jumping jacks. I find that at the end of the day, if I will get up and move at least once every hour I don't feel near as "worn out" at the end of the day

- Submitted by TERRIPHILL 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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Find something you love

When you find an activity you love, it helps you turn it into a healthy habit. I fell in love with bellydance and Anusara yoga. Instead of my life revolving around sedentary things, my life started to revolve around my activities. emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by RISSASPIECES 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Vibram Five Fingers (KSO Model)

I've been wearing these for two weeks now, both in the gym and walking around. LOVE THESE SHOES. I feel more connected to the workout, more comfortable moving around. These are minimalist shoes, and not for everyone of course, but for those who get on with them, you will love them.

- Submitted by PAULCJONES 3/25/2010 in Product Reviews | 3 Comments

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a picture is worth a thousand words


i like to surround myself with motivational and inspirational images like pics and artwork like the ones i chose one week as a part of my fast break goals! i also like to go back to my goals/motivation posters and remind myself of the positive direction i am heading (even if i had a bad day).

- Submitted by BLUEIZ07 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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Always Believe in Yourself

I need to tell myself that I can do this. I go to Spark People and read blogs. This helps me stay focused on my goals and also helps me accomplish what I set out to do. emoticon

- Submitted by SMILEY_75 3/25/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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