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Weight loss products

I am sure many of you out there, like me, have been on a weight loss journey all of your lives. I am sorry and saddened to admit I have spent thousands of dollars on diet plans, diet foods, quick weight loss gimmicks, etc. All of these efforts have been because I was avoiding the inevitable, eating ...

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Get back on track

Hi, Fellow Sparkpeople. I have not you any secrets for some time. It is not that I don't have any, I just have been other wise pre-occupied with illness. We traveled to Barbados, BWI in February. I swam every day, are healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I came home having gained no weight on v...

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Exercise is better than stress

We have all heard how very, very bad stress can be not only emotionally, but physically as well. ...
Years ago, I began taking anti-depressants for depression. it really, really helped. There were times at my job that it truly helped me deal with the stress. Now that I am retired, I do not miss t...

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Strength and cardio training

I have always, always, always hated exercising. I do understand the calories in/calories out concept. So, I have been able to lose weight in the past by just reducing the # of calories consumed. However, now I am older, retired and very, very concerned that a continued sedentary life will cause heal...

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One day fasting

I have been doing my best, all things considered, eating healthy, working out, reducing alcohol, drinking more water. This has been the longest I have ever done this. Frankly speaking, I am really on the verge of saying I have begun a behavioral change. I am not sure when you can actually say you ha...

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Losing weight with your spouse

If your spouse is of the opposite sex and you try losing weight together the results can be disastrous. As a female, I have always been discouraged because my husband drops 5 or 6 pounds in a week to my 1/2 pound. I do indeed recognize that men are bigger, have more muscle mass, etc., etc., etc., an...

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My new love

Let me just start by saying I have never thought of myself as athletic in any way shape or form. I am a musician which seems like a pretty sedentary life style. However, being a singer, I apparently have learned a lot about breathing. But, being a musician also means commitment, practice, focus and ...

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Getting fit and trim

I have been overweight for 15 years. For the record, I am 64 years old and beyond menopause. Physically, I think the weight gain which began at the end of 2000, the last century, was a result of two things....menopause and an anti-depressant, SSRI, which stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhib...

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This is how I do it

I like to host dinner parties. I even like to try new recipes when I entertain. I know, sounds risky doesn't it? I'm getting cocky because my new recipes generally turn out well. I make an announcement to my guests that they are being Guinea pigs and helping me test the recipe. They are asked to tel...

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Stock your refrigerator with healthy foods

I have been working on changing my behavior with regard to my eating, my exercise and my overall health. I retired in August, 2014 and was very concerned that I would gain weight. I love to cook and oh, by the way, I love to eat. My Motto: so many recipes, so little time. So, in October, 2014 I join...

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