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Just Maybe...

Be willing to give up that you know something for certain. If you check in with others to validate you will for sure find as many others who believe something else as well as what you believe.

Just maybe you can lose that weight, run a race, get that job. Whatever it is, suspend your judgme...

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Share Yourself...

I've found sharing what I am up to helps keep me going. Joining the community features of Spark People was a change in the way I live. I was regularly up and down like a yo yo but with regular connection with Spark Friends I've become less moody and closer with everyone in my life! Try it, you'll...

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Another Step Forward

At any point in your program it is easy to get caught up in the habits you've built up. Always consider what a relevant and doable action step is that will move you toward your goal and then start it. You will find that little steps bring little successes and that's how you build to the bigger res...

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Feeling blue?

When you are feeling blue, let someone know. It helps to get unstuck. And then go take a walk!

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Strength Training

Strength training is a secret that many people simply don't know about since they are not athletes in training.

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Grocery Shopping Tips

Some guidelines for grocery shopping - You've heard the line, "Stay on the perimeters of the grocery store", no? This helps you stay away from the snack, sugary drinks and processed foods! I take this one further and only go into an aisle if I need something there. No impulse shopping in an aisle...

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Try it...

I often find I really don't want to get out there and exercise. Well, I found a trick that works like a dream. I allow myself to not want to and just get ready to go. Then if I still don't want to walk or run after my first lap or first stage of what I'm doing I allow myself to change it up or qu...

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Yes I can...

Everytime I say, I Can't, I disempower and give myself a way not to go for it. The issue is not whether I can or can't, the issue is, "AM I WILLING"? I always have a choice between "I can" and "I can't". Both are equally habit forming.

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Agave Syrup

Agave syrup is a sweetener that has a limited effect on blood sugar levels. This is a boon since other sweeteners affect my mood, digestion and desire for more. I can use less since it is sweeter than sugar and I know I am using a natural product. Substitute in any recipe for sugar!

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Stay Connected...

Anytime I feel myself starting to lag or slide into unhealthy behaviors, I log on to SP. Being connected to others tackling the same challenges brings me back to my commitment . Then I can keep the steps I need to take in front of me instead of these seemingly insurmountable goals.

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