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Increase the elliptical...

Increase you intensity on the elliptical by holding hand weights and pumping and punching your arms as you go. Your arms will thank you!

- Submitted by MGJARVI 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Snack Time

I found the worst time of the day for me was mid-afternoon. I needed something to eat that was healthy and filling but would make me want to eat "more." I settled on air popped popcorn with a butter flavored spray or carrots and hummus.

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

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marked money

I don't spend bills that have either my first or last initial in the serial number. Instead, I save them for trips or big ticket items I want to buy.

- Submitted by GNUATTITUDE 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Save $1.00 each Day I Exercise

Every day I exercise I put $1.00 in a jar and then at the end of the month I treat myself to whatever I want. The more I exercise the more I have to treat myself, for me it's a great motivator. emoticon

- Submitted by NEED2GETFIT09 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments

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Positive and Negative Inspiration

I find that both positive and negative inspiration has helped me. I have pictures of healthy people I admire at work and one picture of me at my heaviest weight. It reminds me of where I have been and where I want to go. I also keep a picture of myself in my wallet to pull out if I need a reminder.

- Submitted by BMANTHBODYGUARD 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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Set a lower weight loss rate

If staying in calorie range is the most difficult part of your journey, try setting a lower weight-loss rate so you will have a higher calorie range. Adjusting your goal from 2 lb/week to 1 lb/week makes is so you can eat approximately 500 more calories per day!

- Submitted by JESJES 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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the turtle approach

when i decided the time had come for some much needed lifestyle change, i knew it would be a difficult process. i call it the turtle approach. it has only 2 components: (1) eat more of the healthy stuff, less of the not so healthy AND (2) move more every day. it's not complex - it works for me.

- Submitted by IOWAGAL1957 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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3 PM Hunger

Every day at 3 pm, I feel hungry. Some days I save a part of my lunch and other days I eat whatever I can get my hands on. A few weeks ago I discovered that a green apple and a bottle of water is just as satisfying.

- Submitted by DOOBIE893 3/26/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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3 PM Hunger

Every day at 3 pm, I feel hungry. Some days I save a part of my lunch and other days I eat whatever I can get my hands on. A few weeks ago I discovered that a green apple and a bottle of water is just as satisfying.

- Submitted by DOOBIE893 3/26/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Dorm room cleaning

When my dorm room gets out of control and quite a bit messy, putting on good tunes while I clean makes me more inclined to not only just clean, but more inclined to dance while I clean, which adds some cardio to my day, and makes cleaning fun!

- Submitted by TWUJEW 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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