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Smile

I find that when I smile at people, it makes them feel better. Even the grumpiest of people will start to smile if you smile at them and make an effort to listen to what they have to say.

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One step at a time

When starting a walking program, just put one foot in front of the other. Or, to paraphrase a quote, one step at a time. It's how I started my walking program and now I can walk 5 miles. You can do it!

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Keeping myself accountable

I use the appointment scheduler and schedule a weigh-in for Monday and Thursday mornings. This keeps me accountable to maintain my weight loss.

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Nutrition Tracker

Because I've had problems keeping my calorie limit under control lately (and have an IPhone), I downloaded SparkPeople onto my phone. Now I can see calorie counts on my phone BEFORE I eat something. And it also keeps me accountable for everything I eat. I've started losing weight again because of ...

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When you overdo eating during the holidays

I know I've over-indulged during the Christmas holiday. For this or any other holiday that this may occur, I step up my walking mileage for the next few days to counteract the extra calories I've taken in. Sometimes I go to the walking track and do at least one mile to make up for it.

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Starting

Getting to where you want to start to exercise is half the battle. Say to yourself, I'll only do 10 minutes. Then, another 10 minutes if you're doing good after the first 10 minutes, and so on. Before you know it, your time limit is met and sometimes exceeded.

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Daily walking

The hospital where I work has a lot of long hallways so many employees here have a walking "circuit" throughout the hospital. Seeing others who are doing their daily walking there, I find myself being motivated to doing my daily walking as well.

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