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Getting my daily fruits in

I make fruit smoothies for breakfast a lot. An orange, banana and a couple of handfuls of strawberries and you've knocked out a bunch of fruits for the day. Add yogurt and you've just added a great little a protein boost!

- Submitted by REBHUCH 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Spaghetti Substitute

I am on a low carb diet. I found Dreamfield Spaghetti. This spaghetti tastes great and does not raise your blood sugar levels like regular pasta. When I am tired of eating spaghetti sqash and just need pasta, this is a good choice for me. If your stores don't have it, order from the net.

- Submitted by MOJOONE 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Smaller Goals!

I've found that creating smaller goals along the way has kept me motivated to hit my larger goal! I set weight loss goals of 15 lbs, every 3 months. As of today, I'm down 44lbs! It doesn't seem like such a challenge if I think about weight loss in increments of 15lbs.

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

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Exercise Less!!!

I have found that decreasing the amount of time I spend on cardio will help me break through a plateau. The secret is to work out at a higher intensity. If you normally work out for 30 to 45 mins at a moderate pace, try working out for 20 to 35 mins at a faster pace or at a higher resistance.

- Submitted by IAMSHE-RA 3/26/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 5 Comments

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It's Not Hard To Give Up Pasta For This

You can save alot of calories and enjoy all your favorite pasta dish by just replacing the pasta with vegetables. Try replacing your pasta with zucchini, cauliflower or broccoli. It taste great and all the restaurant like Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill will be happy to replace the pasta for veggies.

- Submitted by SHERRYK5 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment

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Everything in moderation

I have found that if I don't deny myself the things I want , I tend not to over eat. I have changed a lot of things to healthier versions of what they used to be to be able to stay within 1200 calories a day. Sugar free chocolate being a biggie.

- Submitted by CYBERCHIKA69 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Daily Spark Wheel and I chose the right name

I chose the right name, "Byepounds," and I spin the wheel.

In times when I wanted to stop, I didn't want to give up my screen name and while I no longer note the point total on the wheel, it is the first thing that I do when I am at Sparks.

- Submitted by BYEPOUNDS 3/26/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments

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Move at Work

Keep a balance pad, ankle or wrist weights (if it's safe to do so) at work and move whenever possible. If you have a solid chair, you can pause and do a few chair dips on the arm rests or just stand and stretch once in a while.

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

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2 (or 3 or 4) for 1 meals

When you are cooking dinner - think about leftovers.
Make 2 or 3 extra servings & use that for lunch or dinner over the next week - Great for Chili (put on baked potato or make taco salad) or Grilled Chicken.

- Submitted by BALANCEISTHEKEY 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Allowing myself to mess up

I used to let one small screw up derail my weight loss plan for the day, or sometimes week. Now I just learn from it and move forward with my plan. I know I'm not perfect so why should I get dissappointed in myself when I'm not?

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