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Eat only when Hungry

For much of my life I was a card carrying member of the clean plate club. I remember sitting at the table long after everyone else was finished with dinner. I didn't really want any more food, but my parents insisted I finish everything my mom put on my plate. I was a chubby child and certainly d...

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Distract those hands

Through the years I've had my fair share of weight ups and downs. But, regardless of what my weight has done, I discovered that I need to keep my hands busy so they can't be shoving unhealthy (or healthy, for that matter) foods into my mouth at inappropriate times.

There are so many good a...

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Accountability Steps and Missteps

I've had my ups and downs with my journey to become the healthiest me that I can be. Each time I have wandered from the path to good health I started to realize that I have so many struggles. I don't sleep well. I have so little energy. I make bad decisions. I don't exercise at home or at the g...

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Relax into the Journey

I struggle with several health issues that can keep me from doing so many things that I love. Multiple Sclerosis, migraines, and arthritis are paramount. I used to stress about how much or how little I could do. Stress did not help my journey at all. In fact, it likely kept me from success. Str...

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One foot in front of the other

As I keep moving each day I notice how different each day feels. Some days I'm totally exhausted and it is difficult to get going to do any of those things that I know my body needs me to do. Some days I think I could walk/jog/run/dance all day long. Because of multiple sclerosis I rarely know wh...

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I want to be the healthiest me that I can be...

What is my motivation to keep moving throughout my days? What is my motivation to eat whole foods most of the time? What is your motivation? Why are you here? Some days I just want to encourage others as I respond to blogs and Spark pages. But, mostly my own motivation to be the healthiest me t...

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Take advantage of every extra minute

There was a time when I believed I needed to set aside a big block of time to fit in exercise a few days each week. But, since establishing a few new and simple habits I realize that every extra minute can provide a place to gain strength or get in valuable steps, etc.

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Buddies for Every Season!

When my kids were teen I had a neighbor that was my dear walking buddy. We had our three mile route clearly in mind morning after morning as we walked and talked through so many triumphs and challenges of our lives.
When I went to work full time I had to give up this fun time and it was a very...

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Just Do It Now!

I have probably procrastinated away many months, perhaps years, of my life. I've known for ages that if I put off something, I'm far less likely to ever do that thing today. Though I'm far from perfect, I'm getting better at following this title. I am more likely to schedule the things I don't wa...

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10,000+ Steps, the easy way...

Since getting a reprieve from multiple sclerosis symptoms that for many, many years kept me from walking as much as I would like, I got a sudden ability to begin getting 10,000 steps per day almost five months ago. In recent weeks I've gotten 14,000 - 17,000 and even in excess of 20,000 on some of ...

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