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Post pictures of progress

Post pictures of yourself along your way to healthy living. Not only will you be able to see progress in your physical self, you'll be able to see the difference in your activity level.

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Fill the doggie bag first before eating at restaurants!

Restaurants serve too much food at once and if left on the plate I would eat too much while talking to my family or friends. I learned to ask for the doggie bag first and put everything that was over my serving size into it. Most places no longer have bags but 3 sectioned containers. Now I take m...

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Pack healthy snacks to take with you!

When shopping or working away from home, take small reusable containers of healthy snacks with you. I personally like raisins, nuts, whole wheat crackers. If the activity takes too long I eat one of the small snacks instead of buying something from vendors or vending machines. Saves calories and ...

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Don't count the exercise that is too easy!

When I get stronger, I no longer count as exercise things that are easy for me. For instance, I can do Zumba for 60 minutes now and only 30 minutes of that is raising my heartbeat. I count only 30 minutes. I do a lot of garden work this time of year, but I only count the amount of time that was d...

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Start tracking your steps!

Using the step tracker on the fitness tracker, start keeping track of the number of steps you take. When I first started sparkpeople last year, I was walking about 3000 to 5000 steps per day. I joined a group that that had steps walked as one of their goals. I worked myself up to 10,000 + steps ...

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Plant a garden wherever you are!

You can plant gardens wherever are and enjoy the fruits of your labor in the freshest vegetables and fruits you can eat. Whether it is a container garden, a garden under lights, or in your back yard, it can also elevate your spirits and provide a little exercise that yields two fruits of success! ....

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Celebrating and staying on track

When wanting to have a piece of the special cake at a family celebration, make really good choices on the rest of your meal. Do have a small piece of the treat and enjoy to the fullest, savoring each small bite at a time!

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Have back up exercise plans

If your days change like mine you have to have alternative plans for busier times. Fit in smaller units of exercise times around your other obligations. A 15 brisk minute walk up and down the stairs adds that much time to your daily workout, Do strength training will doing chores or watching your...

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Strength Exercise around the house

Lose your inhibition and it's easy to do your strength exercise while you're doing household activities. Squats while putting away clothes, lunges while walking to another room, weight lifting while putting away cans of food--the list goes on! Have fun!

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Remember suggested proportion placement on plate!

Going to a smorgasboard used to be a problem for me, i knew which foods would be best for my nutritional intake, but took too much. When I remembered to use the proper proportion of food groups to have on a plate, I did well!

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