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Do Morning Moves To Start Your Day Right

Easy exercises get your muscles and joints primed for the day ahead.

The first thing you feel like doing when you get up in the morning probably isn't exercise. However, a couple of simple movements are all it takes to stretch your muscles and get your joints moving and your blood flowing, s...

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Step by step

The secret to my success is that I took this journey one step at a time. I started with tracking my food for a week without changing anything. It helped me to see where I really needed to cut back and also I found out that I was eating almost 2 servings of some foods and didn't realize it thinking i...

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Reap the Antioxidant Benefits of This Citrus Essential Oil

Reap the Antioxidant Benefits of This Citrus Essential Oil

Grapefruits are delicious– they are a treat on their own and are a wonderful addition to any salad. They are packed with nutrients, too. Like other citrus fruits, grapefruit can also be converted into an essential oil, which is packed...

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When motivation fails you

When motivation fails you, make it a habit.

Wouldn't it be great to make fitness a habit!
The best way I have found to create new habits is through B J Fogg's Tiny Habits method. It involves finding an anchor for the activity, practicing the the tiniest part of the new habit, and celebra...

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Act As If


Picture yourself in your minds eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you'll be doing when you've reached your goal.
~Earl Nightingale

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Just say "Stop!"

I use this technique when I begin to snack on stuff that's not in my eating plan for the day. Before it gets out of hand, I say "stop" to myself. I don't know why this does the trick.

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The 5-8-30 plan works!

My basic weight loss and an eat healthy plan for everyday: Eat five (5) one cup servings of vegetables or fruits (BEFORE you eat anything processed which is sweet or salty), Drink eight (8) glasses (one cup servings) of water BEFORE you drink anything else. (If you must have that 1 cup of coffee in...

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Slowly move forward, never move backward

Do you feel overwhelmed by the challenges ahead for getting fit and healthy? The secret is to start with the tiniest improvement and then slowly, steadily add to it, never moving backwards. For example, the first day do just one sit up. Day two add another. Every day add one, never subtract! - and s...

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Don't Judge Yourself - Just Move Forward

When you have eaten more than your recommended calories or skipped a workout or ate that full bag of chips, don't beat yourself up! Still be sure to track whatever you ate, but move on. Everyone slips. Everyone! Keep your overall goals in mind (go over them after the slip-up) and look forward to...

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Easy Way to get 10 Mins. in

If you get up and dance to just three songs a day, you'll get in your 10 mins.. Do it to 9 songs and you've gotten in 30.. Most songs average 3-3.5 minutes.

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