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Breakfast

I eat 1 cup of cottage cheese about 30 minutes before I go to the gym. Then when I get back, I eat a half cup (dry) oatmeal, a half chicken breast and some berries. For me this seems to work!

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kickball

My sister and I have started a family activity for sunday afternoons with our families. We will be playing basketball, kickball, football even our hubbies and kids have agreed to it. They have no idea we did this to get the family moving!

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walking is key

The weather is coming around. It is time for me to start walking outside now I intend to really start to burn the weight off.

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Adjust your cardio...

Don't keep your speed, or resistance, the same throughout your cardio workout. Keep your body guessing. Here's what I do...1st - listen to music...2nd - adjust your speed, or resistance, to keep up with the beat of the music, and adjust it for each new song.

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You can do anything for 10 min.

When I really don't want to exercise I tell myself I can do anything for 10 min. Once I start it I keep saying to myself I can do 5 more min. and then before I know it , my routine has turned into 45-60 min. I always feel great afterward so it keeps me motivated for the next time.

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Spark People Stability ball

Keep a SP stability ball at work and home if you can. Sit on it as you do computer work. Always have it blown up so you can instantly use it. Google exercise ball on Spark and web to get core and other exercises to do. Esp. easy on my arthritic back, less pressure for me.

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exercise

Getting up early to exercise before anyone else is up or the telephone starts ringing..helps me get it over and done with helps me stick with my plan....

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Walking

is so therapeutic for me, it is great cardio, stress reliever, gets me out in nature.

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Always bring music

Pick music that keeps you hopping and make sure to add it to your MP3 player. Never go to the gym without it. Sometimes it is a great song that keeps you going.

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Walk this way to a healthy life

Walking is easier if you have music with a good beat to it. I listen to songs where each beat is a step. I especially like "Roll it Up" by The Crystal Method to get me started. (No lyrics, just instrumental.)

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