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Even if you only have 10 mins to exercise it's always better than nothing at all! emoticon

- Submitted by SCHECK5 11/12/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Build exercise into everything

My schedule can get very crazy, so I try to build exercise into everything I do. I walk to do errands, park at the opposite end of the mall from where I'm going ( and walk through the mall, quickly so I'm not tempted by window shopping). If I'm standing in line I do small ab exercises -- isolations and isometrics, so that people don't notice. If I'm out with the children, we run around. Add it all up and it's about 2 hours of activity. Not bad for someone who "doesn't have time to exercise".

- Submitted by TRINITYROYAL 3/20/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Stand up Straight!

I can still hear my mother saying that to me 50 years ago! But I've learned that concentrating on good posture- engaging your core muscles- actually helps burn a few extra calories and boosts metabolism. It's such an easy way to exercise as you go through your daily activities. Suck it in! emoticon

- Submitted by SMITHMTDEB 4/19/2011 in Exercise | 63 Comments

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This summer, I started to keep a pair of tennis shoes in my car. That way, if I ever want to go for a walk and don't have the right shoes with me, there's a pair available in my car.

- Submitted by GRIMMIE2 9/4/2010 in Exercise | 36 Comments

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Call it Self-Care, or "Me Time"

Recategorize it in your mind.

- Submitted by BECCACOZZIE 3/4/2011 in Exercise | 10 Comments

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Drink a glass of water first.

When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.

- Submitted by HEIDY52 4/11/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Little ways to exercise

I am trying to sit taller and hold in my stomach while sitting at my work desk. Just a little way to incorporate some exercise throughout the day.

- Submitted by AIMHOS 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Avocados curb Appetite

Avocados curb Appetite...reserchers from The Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University found that eating 1/2 avocade can slash you appetite 40% They also explain an avocado has 12 grams of fiber and have super healthy fats that can kill cravings....they also stated improved insulin sensitivity after daily intake of 30 g of mixed nuts.

Good for Diabetics and Dieters alike..try avocado toast, in tacos, salads, as a dip...1/2 Avocado topped with a soft boiled egg...it's yummy!

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 4/15/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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OMAT - One Month At A Time

In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!

- Submitted by ODAT1117 4/14/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Love long-cooking oatmeal? Hate stirring? Use your crockpot

My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).

Now he can use a small crockpot, 4 cups cold water, 1 cup oats and set it on low just before going to sleep.

6 hours later, an entire pot of perfectly cooked oatmeal.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/13/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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