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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.

- Submitted by BPULLOS 7/8/2010 in Exercise | 10 Comments
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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.

- Submitted by CATHEITE 10/17/2010 in Staying Healthy | 8 Comments
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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.

- Submitted by DDKDDK 2/3/2011 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment
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Fifty Shades Thinner Support Group

I had been losing weight slowly but steadily for a few months. Then when I hit a weight loss Plateau, I really "lost it". I went on a food eating binge for an entire week, and gained 5 pounds back. I was so discouraged. Then I decided that I really needed to be held more accountable. So, I started a Weight Loss Support Group in my community. It's ten members strong and still growing. I figured that If I became a leader of a weight loss support group, I would really stay on track!

- Submitted by MSZETTA 8/19/2013 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Strenth Training Secret

When I am strength training like using dumbbells I will tune out everything and look my self straight in the eye or at my new figure and this gives me motivation because I can see the determination in my eyes and when I look at the NEW me (Lost 80 pds!) it makes me want to work that much harder emoticon

- Submitted by KITTYDID180 8/26/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Need motivation to workout?

If you find you have a hard time finding the motivation to workout on your scheduled days or just at all try this! Buy a calender and put it up in your room or where you would like. Write you workout schedule on there, go do it, and when you come back put a smiley face showing how completing that workout made you feel. The next time you feel like skipping a work out look at the smiley face and it will remind you how good you felt after finishing it. And why skip something that makes you happy? :)

- Submitted by CODESIREN 9/15/2013 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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A body in motion stays in motion..it is So True!

No matter how much pain I am in, I know that the only thing that is going to help me feel better is to get up and move. As I am moaning and groaning as I move across the room, I make that special effort to do my stretches and warm up for that work out I know is going to make me feel much better inside and outside.

- Submitted by CAROLHASH 10/2/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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healthier me

Don't set and wish you was healthier. Get up and do something about it!!! Get moving!! Change the way you eat!! Just start! That's the first step!! No one can do it for you!! WE CAN DO THIS!!! PHIL 4:13

- Submitted by KRISSY19788 10/1/2013 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Once per week give yourself permission

So I saw this a while back and it made perfect sense (not to mention it helped me fight cravings!). Basically, you keep on eating healthy. Every time you get a craving, write it down. Then one day per week you get to choose ONE of the things that you craved. Usually what happens is that by the time your off day rolls around, the craving is gone. Yet, if there is something I just MUST have for whatever reason I know I will get to have it at some point which kills the deprivation aspect of eating healthy.

- Submitted by SVARGAS84 9/28/2013 in Motivation | 4 Comments
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Low Fat Cheese is my secret!

Cabot makes a 75% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese that a nutritionist told me about. It tastes delicious and only has 60 calories per ounce. I like to slice it thin and enjoy it with fruit or nuts. Makes a filling snack with plenty of protein that won't cause me to go over my range.

- Submitted by TRANSFORMWE 8/19/2013 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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