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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! emoticon

- Submitted by ALLYCANDOIT 6/26/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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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 garbage can.

- Submitted by POOKASLUAGH 6/14/2011 in Healthy Eating | 12 Comments
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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!

- Submitted by QUEEN_REINA 8/26/2010 in Exercise | 44 Comments
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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.

- Submitted by MARYMARY611 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments
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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).

- Submitted by GRANTM 3/24/2010 in Exercise | 110 Comments
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Pop Chips - a Great Potato Chip Alternative!!! Low Fat, All Natural, Healthiest chip I could find.

I LOVE CHIPS - the crunches, the flavors, etc, but they are always sooo Bad for you. I found Pop Chips crunch perfectly awesome, and taste great too. They are never fried, never baked, all natural, nothing fake or phony.
* no trans fat
* no saturated fat
* no cholesterol
* no preservatives
They are about 120 calories for 20 - 22 of these chips. A great filling serving.

- Submitted by KAZINMICH 3/7/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Raw Mixed Veggies (my potato chips)

I bought a bunch of veggies I LIKE: cherry tomatoes, turnips, snap peas, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, etc. - Washed, dried, chopped into bit size pieces, and mixed together. I keep it in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Now THIS is my go to snack when I want to mindlessly munch. Most of these foods have the CRUNCH of snack food, and it is a sneaky way to get in veggies. emoticon

- Submitted by PLUMBER430 1/9/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Squat for a quick burst of energy!

When I have a pause in the day I do 5 squats with deep breathing and move my arms (up and out on the way up; down and in on the way down) as well. This gives my brain a burst of oxygen and it gives me a boost in my energy. emoticon

- Submitted by 8324285 1/11/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Prep Work

If I spend an hour on the weekend washing and chopping fresh veggies, I'm so much more likely to choose them instead of a less healthy snack. Makes getting lunches together for work a snap, too.

- Submitted by VTWOODCHUCK 2/23/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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As many distractions as possible

Plain and simple...... I find as many distractions as possible to get myself away from the kitchen and keeping busy. Talk to people I enjoy, work on a project that is involved, stay away from the house., in the good weather stay outside or anything at all that is enjoyable and keeps my mind off of eating!

- Submitted by PSHOWS 2/15/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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