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Running Shorts: Women's Medium = Men's Small

If you wear medium sized shorts, check men's clearance racks at running stores. Women's size medium is the same as men's small. Women's medium is a very popular size but men's small is not.

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Log on to Spark

Logging on to SP and reading others success stories helps keep me motivated, it keeps my hands busy and stops me eating. When I do fall off track SP friends get me back on track.


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Carrots during TV

I tend to want to snack while watching TV. You can be so involved with the show your watching it can not matter what you are putting in your body. I find it's helpful if I get into that mood to grab a long carrot that's not cut up, and munch on it while watching TV.

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You can eat more!

When eating unhealthy you can tend to eat tooo much, but when dieting you can tend to barely eat anything at all. But when you eat vegetables you can feel free to keep eating it without feeling bad about yourself.

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Think of the big picture

When offered unhealthy food, think about the big picture. While eating the food all you might be thinking about is how bad you'll feel when you're done. Then you can decide to make a better choice and when you're done you can feel good about yourself.

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Water Intake (at home)

I purchased several 24 oz water bottles (plastic ones at Walmart for $1.00) and keep them filled with water in the fridge. So whenever I need water I just grab a bottle and I know that it is 3 glasses. I carried it around the house with me always.

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grocery shopping

A combination of things for one big secret. Don't go hungry!Make a list before you leave the house and try to match coupons with sales. If the children go with you allow them ONE unhealthy choice and no more. Make your list while browsing through recipes to secure a weekly menu to avoid impulse buys

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Weekend Warrior

The weekend's are a difficult time to stay on track with nutrition/exercise and when Monday rolls around it is hard to get back on track. A great way to stay on track is to cut your exercise in half on the weekend and indulge (a little) in your favorite food.

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Talk and walk

When I talk on the phone with family or friends while at home, I make it a point to walk and talk. If I'm on with my daughter, I can do laps throughout the house and an enjoyable hour really goes by fast! That'a an hour of walking! Cool, huh?

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Get Up and At 'Em

I find that get up and getting out early helps me stay on track and feel positive. Planning a first thing for each day even if only a trip to the library has me think of other things I'd like to do and it keeps me from emotional eating too. I can take care of my emotions and this is one way!

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