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ChampionSpeak

Talking to myself as a winner helps me banish the negative voice and keeps me pumped. I call it ChampionSpeak because I know that those Olympic athletes probably talk to themselves the same way and I want to get a gold medal too.

- Submitted by LUCKYONE60 3/27/2010 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments

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Online Cooking Magazines Through Your Public Library

My local public library has a database of electronic resources, including eBooks, digital audio files of books on tape, online newspapers, etc. I have recently discovered that in the periodical databases, issues of many popular cooking magazines are available in PDF format- for free!

- Submitted by HOLISTICDETOXER 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 2 Comments

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Maintenance and control

When I am maintaining my healthy habits, from eating fruits and veggies to getting my fiber in to staying in my calorie range, I feel more in control of other parts of my life. And vice versa. It's such a great feeling that when I slip, I remember how much I like control and I get back on track.

- Submitted by CARTOONB 3/27/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 2 Comments

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Maintaining My Flow

My policy is that I get out of the house Mon through Friday by 6:00 to be at the gym before work. I change my routine so that I do not get bored but I am at Ballys working out.

- Submitted by MARDGY 3/27/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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food

cooking my favorite dish in low fat.

- Submitted by MUSIC66 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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The Power of Positive Thinking

Keep a positive attitude, have positive self-talk (support yourself like you would others), and make your goals positive (not "Don't do this" or "Stop that).

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” -Willie Nelson

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Eat all day.

Besides starting my day out exercising I like to eat all day. I eat small portions of healthy or low fat foods all day long and that helps me to not get so hungry. Being I love to eat I find that if I keep things around such as crackers, cut up nibble type vegetables, easy to eat fresh fruit.

- Submitted by TREBLEGP 3/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Carry a *Durable* Snack At All Times

Carrying a healthy snack is a great idea, but make sure it's durable! That banana you stuck in your purse this morning will not help you avoid the candy bar after lunch if it is disgusting mush; the granola bar will not help you avoid the drive-thru if it is crumbs from its ride in your backpack!

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Reduce the salt to lose and look beautiful

Try reducing your sodium/salt intake to less than 1000mg per day for 7-10 days. You'll notice a jump in weight loss which is mainly water but the scale doesn't fluctuate and the puffiness in your face and limbs goes away!

- Submitted by AHAPPYLIFE 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Don't be shy; we're all here for you!

Using the message boards and sparkteams is an invaluable way to gain emotional support when you're just starting and getting used to the site and your new lifestyle.

- Submitted by DAMNGIRL 3/27/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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