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Delicious, fast, energy-boosting
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and surprisingly nutritious, breakfast

Here's my go-to breakfast when I need some "get-up-and-go" in a hurry in the morning, energy that will last me a few hours. Don't judge this by the list of ingredients, just the taste and how great you feel!

In a blender, mix the following until smooth:
1/2 cup lowmilk
4 oz soft tofu

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2 x 30 minutes or 60 minutes? Once you've started, just keep going!

I found that you burn MORE calories by exercising for 60 minutes in one shot than for two separate sessions of 30 minutes.
For me (and everyone is different) I burn approximately 200 calories in the first half hour, and *300* in the second! Yes, I burn half as much again by keeping going!
I c...

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!!...

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Give your body time to change

It takes time for the body to accept smaller portions and healthier food as "normal". However, until it does, eating this way will feel challenging. My own body took 3 months to reach the point when I just felt too full to finish what had previously been a "normal" helping.

This taking ti...

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Use Food Groupings on the Nutrition Tracker

This REALLY helps you save time if there are a few things you always eat together. I find this really helpful for breakfast when I have one of 5 things: 2 different smoothie combinations, cereal and milk, english muffin with cheese, or scrambled eggs, together with coffee (with the works...) It tak...

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Couch to 5K - getting non-runners to run!

I've NEVER been a runner, not even as a teen. I'm not inactive though, but exercise has never seemed to have the magic effect it is supposed to on my body.

Then I discovered Couch to 5K (C25K). I downloaded some podcasts, and then invested $3 in an app (Get Running). 7 weeks of exercisin...

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What's your goal? Dream small....

Looking at most SparkPages I see goals that are often so huge, so hard to attain, so far away. Personally, I started out here at 170lbs, and ideally need to lose about 30lbs to get to a healthy BMI. That's an IDEAL. Of course, I could dream and say that I'd love to get to 125 or 130, but I'm not ...

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Waiting around? Step right up!

If you find yourself waiting for someone or something for more than half a minute, use the time! Even if you're self-conscious, you can benefit from some secret exercise that no-one knows you're doing, unless they look closely. If I'm waiting somewhere, I try to find a step (stairs, doorway, curb ...

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Nothing tastes as good as feeling thin!

I heard this a few years ago, and it's SO true. I've recently lost a few pounds (though nowhere near enough) and the most DELICIOUS feeling is slipping my clothes on rather than squeezing into them. Remembering this phrase is key when you are faced with food that may or may not be "worth it".

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Eat small organic apples - tastier and less calories

Most of the time in the stores you see big apples (2 per pound). If you compare the calorie load of a large apple with a small one (3 per pound), the difference is astonishing. Usually you just want one apple, and a small one will do. Where to find small apples? In the organic department - small...

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