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Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up.

Tell the negative committee that meets in your head to sit down and shut up.

Isn't this SO true?

Aren't we all members of the biggest negative committee we have ever met, only about ourselves?

Would we ever dare to say to anyone else the things we say to ourselves? Would we be...

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This is important

When I first met you, I honestly didn't know you were gonna be this important to me.

Today is my year anniversary here. What a perfectly awesome year it has been. How THRILLED I am to be in the place I am today, is beyond words.

As many of you know, last May 10, I was just getting out ...

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Dark Chocolate

Quite by accident, one stressed day I bit into dark chocolate and had my best workout ever up to that point. On many different occasions I confirmed that Dark chocolate gives an amazing boost for the best cardio workout ever! 25g of 60-70% cocoa dark chocolate and I can work at 70% MHR for an hour!

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Wow

So, I really didn't think this would work and now I am so addicted to this website, I am on it 20 times a day.

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

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Drink a glass of water first.

When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.

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Water Consumption

Though I try to carry my liter bottle of water with me everywhere, while on the job I hate having to wind/unwind the bottlecap to make myself drink the water. So I plan to get a bottle which has a straw for drinking. That way I can keep sipping all the water I want to sip.

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Start Small

When I started I could only do 10 minutes on a recumbent bike. Make the best out of that 10 minutes and increase your time each week. I am up to 60 minutes of cardio for each workout session and often add a water aerobics class in after that. Start small because you will see large results.

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Water in the A.M.

I drink a big glass of water as soon as I wake up each morning. I learned this tip from fitness expert Denise Austin. The reasoning is that your body has gone without fluid for the last 6-10 hours (however long you sleep) and is dehydrated. It also helps jumpstart your metabolism.

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Calcium

GNC's Be Balanced Calcium Chews in Dulce De Leche rock my world. They are a good substitute for candy and they each contain 600 mg of calcium. And from what I know, everyone can use more Calcium.

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