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Hanging Laundry

Today instead of pushing the basket along the ground and bending over to pickup one item to hang, I left the basket at the beginning and had to walk back and forth for each individual item. Our line is not a pulley system...just one tied between trees. You probably won't break out in a sweat but you...

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Finally committed to it

Oh, gosh! On April 5, I finally decided to commit to exercising. I decided wishing the weight off was not working so even if I'm in pain, I do some type of exercise daily. I like doing 'challenges'. It gives me a specific goal to shoot for and a set number of days to do it.

There have b...

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DVD'S at home

I used to be an AFFA certified group X instructor. I've put on 40 pounds in the past eight years since I stopping.
In that time I amassed a huge DVD collection. Cardio, yoga, Pilate's, body weight, barbells, kettle bells, yoga, The Biggest Loser, Ellen Barrett, Kathy Smith, ShivA Rea, Tae Bo Bi...

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Using My Heart Rate Monitor

The biggest tool for me has been using my heart rate monitor. With it I know when to slow down when my heart rate gets too high. It's wasted energy. I also like it because it keeps track of my exercise time. I focus on those 2 things only, my heart rate & the time I've been walking. That's it. I fee...

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Don't Ever Stop!

Keep on keeping on! Don't ever stop. Yes it is a daunting idea that you have to exercise and watch what you eat for years and years, the rest of your life. Sleep, eat, exercise, repeat, repeat, repeat, etc., etc! My secret is to just keep going. It is like riding a bike up a hill. If you stop hal...

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My Action TV

I have a favorite TV show and it comes on two nights in a row. I confess I love to do my exercise while watching "The Voice". I find that all the music is good to move to and I use some of the movements I get from other work outs such as Leslie Sansone walking workouts. One of the moves in a Lesli...

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Squeeze in exercise.

I do something active during every commercial on television and sometimes while watching television.

During a commercial break I can go up and down the hallway, outside of my apartment door, getting in about 300 steps. I am usually back before the end of the commercial. I can put clean dishe...

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Get up every hour and walk for 5 minutes

I am learning that you don't have to do a full aerobic activity for a long period of time. That if I do several burst activities it seems to help me lose and work it into my schedule.

Before I learned this I tried to walk 60 minutes whenever I could. The fact was I could only do this on t...

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Pick out my gym clothes the night before I go to the Gym

In the morning, for me every moment counts.

If I go and dally trying to choose between 3 colors -- it can become 20 minutes plus which throws off my breakfast schedule and then I am late to the gym which can throw off the rest of the day.

Of course, I allow driving time but I set up ap...

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Work out in the morning to avoid excuses later

When I first started working out, I scheduled my workouts for night time. Waking in the morning used to be such a struggle for me-hitting snooze multiple times or scheduling several alarms at various increments. So I'd do them at night, most of the time if I got them in at all. I started to feel gui...

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