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So you've gained over Christmas!

I don't think many people stay the same weight over the holiday season but don't do your system the dishonour of a poor diet lacking in nutrients afterwards by eating too little in order to lose the gain quickly. Sudden weight loss is likely to yo-yo back up again!
Discard any treats...

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Always show up- you'll feel so much better

They say "you're only one workout away from a good mood"-SO TRUE!.
I've never regretted working out- doesn't have to be a sweaty session- a short walk, a short core workoutif pushed for time.
I have however regretted NOT working out & not woken properly that day, or I've kept a headache longe...

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Go for it

so you're feeling like the couch is your best bet today huh? wrong! Come the end of today you'll feel restless and will be saying "I wish I'd walked/cycled/swam" (whatever)
So don't just sit there feeling low, GO FOR IT.

Even if it's only 15 mins you'll fee the benefit later and MAN will i...

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making it happen

If you have your workout clothes to hand the moment you get up and put them on, it motivates you to move. It's worked for me since I've started on Sp in 2007!

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Find exercise you enjoy........

whether it's walking, swimming, gardening, cycling, lifting weights or doing yoga, find something you ENJOY doing and you're more likely to stick with it.
We're all different!

Eat Healthily and move more.........simple equation and it works!

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Make it natural

Get some attractive workout clothes to make you feel good!Put your workout gear out for the morning and step straight into it. Make it a natural part of starting your day, getting into your gear will motivate you to get active.

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Plan meals

Plan your meals for a week b4 you go shopping, it makes your shopping list easier to stick to and you're less likely to be throwing food away

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Planning Weekly Food Shop- Never forget a thing!

I have a list of every item I ever buy on our computer. From food to loo rolls to sundry items I buy occasionally, listed in groups (fresh fruit and veg, meats, sauces, toiletries,cleaning items, frozen) according to where I'll find the item in the supermarket.
Once a week I simply adjust the lis...

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Mixing salads- no mess!

Ever got messy hands tossing a salad?

For a quick and simple way of tossing veg cover your bowl with cling film making sure it sticks to the bowl and is tight.
Then just spin the bowl over and over til you've tossed all the ingredients together.
Remove cling film.
Place plate over bo...

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Salad Dressings

when dressing a salad leave it to the last possible minute to ensure crisp veg and no soggy lettuce

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