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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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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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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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Mind games

Make sure your mind is in the right place before you start. If you aren't really ready, all your efforts won't matter. Also, take a before photo of yourself and put it somewhere prominent. That is the best motivation! emoticon

- Submitted by ELDRIDGEH 3/19/2014 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Track every bite

Today I tracked a marshmallow. A single little marshmallow that I carelessly popped in my mouth. It is easy to leave little things like that off. Track every bite and nibble. The more aware, the more accountable, the easier it is to change.

- Submitted by HSCROGGINS1 6/10/2013 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Running Reports at End of Day

Always run your report at the end of day, double check your food entries. I entered one item 4 TIMES, 'SHREDDED CHEDDAR CHEESE 0.13 CUP." it was supposed to be entered x2, but not x4. Wow what a relief after I erased 2 of those!!
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- Submitted by PATRUCK42 8/8/2012 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Keep busy in front of tv

While watching tv, instead of sitting down with chips or ice cream I sit with a pair of 10lb weights. During commmercials or even the show it self I do lifts and squats. Killing 2 birds with one stone!

- Submitted by BUMBLEBEE00 4/14/2011 in Getting Started | 2 Comments
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