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5 minutes

Some mornings I dread a workout. I tell myself I should get dressed and go anyway if I do five minutes it is 5 minutes more than I wanted to. Usually after 5 minutes I am committed to finishing the workout. Sometimes you have to take life 5 minutes at a time.

- Submitted by BCRAIGRNCEN 7/9/2010 in Exercise | 57 Comments
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Don't eat anything that comes through a window!

Eating while driving can be more dangerous than texting. The word search in Fast food is FAT just take out the s for speedy. Plan ahead using SparkPeople and than go in and eat or wait til you get home. Cut the meal in half and use .5 as the serving size and have an entire meal for tomorrow. emoticon

- Submitted by KENNETHKESSLER 5/5/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Track before eating

I track what I eat before I eat it so I know where I'm at with calories. That way if I want a little extra, I can see if I've got the calories for it before I give in and eat it. It's like balancing a checkbook.

- Submitted by CRYSTASTRAT 5/13/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Begin with Batches

I'm most likely to make an unhealthy meal choice when I'm rushed or tired. To avoid this I set aside time to cook in large batches. Then I freeze meals in individual portion sizes. When I don't have time to make lunch or I'm too tired to cook dinner, I just pull something out of the freezer.

- Submitted by KNH771 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 27 Comments
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Exercise: The triple-whammy

A thirty minute workout is more than a thirty minute workout!

1. You're not consuming any calories during your workout.

2. You're are burning calories during your workout.

3. You will continue to burn more calories in the hour after your workout.

- Submitted by FISHMOOMIN 10/6/2010 in Exercise | 29 Comments
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Early Protein

Eat a high protein breakfast to fill you up at the start of the day.

- Submitted by DNABRLY 10/21/2013 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Do Not Keep Up With Fast Eaters

I never really believed others influence your eating style until a dear friend visited. She's heavier than she was and I noticed she gobbles her food. One thing I've done is try to savor each bite. When she was here though, I found myself matching her bite for bite. Try to notice if someone you're near does that and STOP. Go back to savoring each bite, no matter how quickly they eat. It really will keep you from slipping back to a bad habit.

- Submitted by NPDSLEUTH 10/15/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Get Walking

Back in June this year (2013) I made the decision to walk every day. Little did I know the benefits that would follow. I began with 15 minutes, and now sometimes walk for more than 4 miles. Little by little with the help of Spark and a walking team I have extended my distance. Friends are commenting on how well and fit I look - even though I'm not yet at my goal weight. Get walking. Get looking at your surroundings - and you will blossom too.

- Submitted by JACKSGRAN 10/6/2013 in Exercise | 7 Comments
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Drinking a smoothie with your dinner will help eliminate evening snacking

Instead of eating a dessert for dinner, I prepare a smoothie (my favorite is PB & J). They are a good source of calcium and fiber. This fills me up and satisfies my sweet tooth. No more late night eating or binging.

- Submitted by BABYSOX 10/7/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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The bad effects of fibre

Adding more fruits and vegs is great but increase it equally with more liquid in your diet or constipation problems can happen.

- Submitted by JACEBEL 10/1/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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