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Water Helps Drown Cravings

I have found that when I am really trying to fight a craving, it helps to drink a glass (or 2) of water and wait 10 minutes. It has worked so successfully for me, that I now tell myself I can have whatever it is I want if I simply drink my water and wait 10 minutes first. More than half the time, the craving passes and I'm better hydrated. I was initially inspired by reading an article that we sometimes crave sugar (or think we're hungry...) when we're actually thirsty. Crazy, huh?

- Submitted by LYDIATHEGREAT 8/7/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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10 minute Movement Breaks

When I first started just 2 months ago I was SOOOO unfit. Just walking from the parking lot into the building I work in was enough. So I started parking at the far end of the parking lot and walking the long way in. I made a point at break time to just go out and walk around my building ONCE. By incorporating just two 10-minute movement breaks into my daily schedule everyday I started to see a difference. Now I can walk a mile at a time and look forward to those breaks! You can do it too!

- Submitted by REALTYLADYLISA 8/6/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Tomorrow

Tomorrow will NEVER come if you put off what you know you need to do TODAY.

- Submitted by FIESTYNOMORE 7/29/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Fake it 'til you Make It

I'm not a big fan of exercise, I typically don't get that "runner's high" until after I've cooled down. So for me getting motivated to get out and walk or run is very difficult. I've found that when I'm starting out if I pretend that I enjoy it or fake liking it I'm more motivated to get going. I do this long enough and eventually I start looking forward to my exercising.
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- Submitted by BURNSBJ 7/13/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Make it a game!

I tend to stick to anything fun. If I'm watching tv, sometimes I'll pick a word I know will occur in the show (For example, for supernatural the word is awesome). If I hear the word, I'll pause the show for a minute and do some sort of healthy exercise: jog in place, crunch, jumping jacks, or drink a glass of water if my intake is low. This helps me to stay on track.

- Submitted by BMALSUP78 7/3/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Set New Goals to Build a Record of Success

I have learned that I too often set goals too high. Constant failure to make the mark discourages me and I fall away from trying. Now I set goals that are attainable, see that I can easily do that, then add a little until it becomes a challenge. I sit at that level until that, too, is easy; increasing in small increments to make it a challenge again. This practice is protecting me from discouragement so I can stay the course. Start small. Build big! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by TRANSFORM-ABBY 5/2/2014 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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start small build up

I started back today I did several small 5 min work outs today while my coffee was being brewed and my breakfast cooking . Yes, it was only 83 calories burned,but that was 83 I did not burn in the previous mornings. it is a start & I feel good about myself!!

- Submitted by JUDYAMK 4/28/2014 in Getting Started | 4 Comments

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Start walking every day.

I would procrastinate about walking every morning. Now I just do it before I do anything else in the morning and it is done!

- Submitted by GRATEFUL_DAWN 4/7/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Old School European mentality

When my husband would come home from a hard day's work, I had that old school European mentality to feed him to his heart's content, and I'd be right there beside him eating the same amount! UNTIL we got his blood tests results! I thought I was taking care of my love by preparing healthy foods. What I didn't realize was the portion sizes were killing us. Now I am measuring and/or weighing everything on a scale to make sure we dont go over one serving, as well as checking our nutrition stats.

- Submitted by COLMCD 3/26/2014 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Running with my Great Niece

Trying to keep up with and not go too fast with my three year old niece emoticon

- Submitted by DOGFIGHT2 3/24/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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