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Hmmm....

This is a trick that a personal trainer taught me 15 years ago and I just remembered it. If you stand with your feet about a foot apart bend forward like an L and hold your tummy in. It strengthens your abs.

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TV is brain candy.

I have to earn TV time. I DVR my favorite shows and they are not allowed to be played until I exercise. So, if I don't want to find out on the news who went home on the Biggest Loser then I've got to lace up my sneakers! I record about 1 hour then I hop on my elliptical. No commercials!

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I just keep it moving

Keeping it moving in some manner is key to shaking the weight off in conjuction with proper eating. In additon to my scheduled fitness I run in place, jog to the ladies room, do jumping jacks before returning to my desk after visting the ladies room. Keep it moving!!

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Using My Fitness

When I don't feel like exercising, I pick a workout anyway and enter it into my fitness. Seeing the number of calories burned gives me motivation to just do it. Plus since I don't want to remove it , I end up doing the workout (and enjoying the feeling I get when I'm done- so worth it!)

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Hire a Drill Sergeant!

I have discovered that if I don't get up early before work to go to the gym, I won't go at all.

My sister calls me at 5:30AM every weekday to make sure I get my butt out of bed and out the door. And if I don't answer? She calls again!

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As Nike says...

Just do it!! :)

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Walk With A Friend

I have been walking around my community for a long time and one day, one of my neighbors asked to walk with me. It was really fun and we gabbed all the way. We now walk three days a week and vary our routes. We haven't run out of things to talk about yet.

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Not really a secret!

I have no motivation !!

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"I'm not a morning person" Why not?

Everybody that works out in the morning says that they feel accomplished and they don't have to worry about it the rest of the day. I then see EXCUSES for not working out in the morning such as "I'm not a morning person", to me that says "I'm not committed enough to change my lifestyle."

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Too busy to exercise?

Too many chores and errands to do to exercise?? Do both! When folding laundry, I try to use as many muscles as possible (stretching, tightening stomach muscles, etc) same with dusting, vacuming, dishes, and scrubbing. By tightening stomach muscles, watching posture, and stretching it can help!

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