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Inefficiency is the key to 10,000 steps

Stop carrying a bunch of bags in from the car after shopping......make 1 trip per bag.
Instead of making a pile at the bottom of the stairs to catch up on later, take it right then and make a series of little trips.
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Change Something!

Change something! Eat at a different calorie range, eat different combinations of foods. Change the intensity of how you exercise. Change the exercise. If you walk, jog for 15 seconds then walk 1 minute. If you run at a certain speed, increase the speed for 15 second intervals. Use the incline on th...

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Add high intensity bursts to your workouts

When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!

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In this time of political signs everywhere

Stealing Yard Signs? Really?


One of my neighbors caught, on camera, someone stealing simple 'Vote For ...' political signs off her front lawn. No matter what one's political affiliation or beliefs, I thought this was a very unfortunate action.

For those of us who do not engage in ...

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Room-temp water

Of all of the tips I learned while losing weight, drinking my water at room temp was the most life-changing for me! I had been sipping my cold water all day until I discovered (learned from a seasoned dieter) that if I drink my water at room temp I could gulp it down in seconds. 2 litres of water ...

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Turbo cleaning

Yup. I just up and set a timer for 15 minutes and go to a "hot spot" and clean like crazy. Love it and my house looks so much better!

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Waste

I was always taught to clean my plate so I wouldn't waste food. Then one day my husband asked me why it was less wasteful to use my body as a garbage can for food I didn't want or need. I have never, ever forgotten that. I can leave food I don't need on the plate now. I won't use my body as a garbag...

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Lose the All or Nothing Mentality

You don't have to do a zillion sets or exercise for hours. Just do SOMETHING. Having an "all or nothing" mentality will keep you trapped in an on again off again relationship with exercise!

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You will always feel better afterwards

On days that I don't feel like exercising or think that I don't have time, I remember that I ALWAYS feel better after I've exercised. I never regret taking that 30-60 mins to exercise but I've often regretted skipping it.

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Workout in the morning

Get up an hour early and get moving. You can go to the gym or go for a run...whatever suits you. Try to prep anything you need the night before (pack your gym bag, organize the clothes you're wearing the following day, put out a quick morning snack).

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