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Be Nice

Do something nice for someone every single day. Even a small gesture can brighten your day!

- Submitted by NKHARRIS329 3/26/2010 in Everything Else | 6 Comments

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Menu Planning & Writing a Grocery List

If you want to stick to your diet, it is very important to plan a healthy menu, make a list, and stick to it when shopping. Stores are sure to put fattening and expensive treats on the end of an aisle and at eye level to get you to buy. Be sure to eat before you shop, to keep from impulse buying!

- Submitted by SEWINGMEG 3/26/2010 in Organization | 4 Comments

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Pump up the Volume

Turn the TV off and the stereo (iPod, radio) on. The TV requires you to sit still and watch. If you turn on your favorite music not only can you move around the house without missing anything. You are likely to dance through the house!!!! emoticon

- Submitted by NOAHSFITMAMA 3/26/2010 in Around The House | 2 Comments

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Brush your teeth

Do you like to snack after dinner? Try brushing your teeth. It's a mental thing, when you brush your teeth your mind thinks it's the end of the day and you don't need to eat anymore. Plus, no one likes to get rid of that fresh-breath feeling :-)

- Submitted by REBLAIR85 3/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Track your food

It is amazing to see what you really eat when you write it down. What I find to be most helpful is the idea that it keeps me accountable and on track. When I am tracking my food intake I snack less and eat healthier. Being accountable for what you are doing so important to your success.

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/26/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments

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Audio Books

I listen to audio books while working out. It makes me workout longer because I want to get to that next chapter. Then I have certain books I only listen to while at the gym so it gives me the motivation to go workout because I want to finish that book. emoticon

- Submitted by REBLAIR85 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Find a Daily Cheerleader

Check in with someone every day to report progress, stalls, etc. Find someone completely supportive who will cheer you on! I found my cheerleader in a close coworker who I interact with all day long. She knows every part-pound and inch I've lost!

- Submitted by MAGPIE17 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Be true to yourself!

I believe that our emotions can take a toll on our weight! Be true to yourself and to God and don't let others bring you down! If someone doesn't have a good thing to say about you, then I say turn around and say something nice to that person and let them know that they are special!

- Submitted by DAWNDMOORE40 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment

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Variety, variety, variety!

The hint here is to workout without even realize it! Plan different things to do, like a day skiing, or snowshoeing, going on a hike, or a historical tour of your city. Make something different and fun, and you will exercise without that feeling "I have to workout"...

- Submitted by TREGIANI 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Do it with your bike

Run errands riding your bike if you can (even grocerie shopping). The amout of gas you save is amazing! I've been doing it for a while and I am really satisfied.
And you save money by getting a workout without having to pay for a gym.

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