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Sleep more and weight less

It does really works.

Before going to bed drink plenty of water, have a good 8-9 hours sleep, when you wake up, go pee, and weight in, you'll see wonderful weight loss (probably). If you still sleepy go back to sleep but don't sleep too much., don't want to wake up tired of too much sleep.

- Submitted by CHICA_BORICUA 5/15/2011 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Finding the Right Mental Attitude

emoticon When I get on my scale daily or weekly , I want to have the right mental attitude ! I have never liked the scale , I have not thrown it across the room yet ! I hate stepping on it ! I remember being 60 to 70 lbs. heavier and I was not lifting weights either. I was FAT ONLY ! The scale gives me a BAD ATTITUDE !

- Submitted by ADAVIS34 10/20/2014 in Weight Maintenance | 0 Comments

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Seltzer Water

I love the fizzy feel of soda pop, but didn't like the calories and nasty ingredients. I was also trying to lower my sodium. I switched to seltzer water, which I can flavor with real fruit juice like lemon and lime. This has saved me money, improved my health, and I even like the taste of it quite a bit more!

- Submitted by MYPATTYTOO 10/20/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Keep Moving!

I like to keep moving. I put some running music on my computer and keep going! If I'm sitting, I'm doing chair exercises, but I don't sit for long and will end up marching in place to the beat of the music! It must be working as I'm down over 30 pounds since July 20th! emoticon

- Submitted by NOLAHORSERIDER 10/20/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Doing fun exercises daily

My fun exercises are: ballroom dancing, zumba, walking, following you tube videos from Jessica Smith TV, Leslie Sansone and yoga with Adrienne, going to the gym and joining in on yoga class once a week and working out with a trainer at the gym for 30 minutes once a week.

- Submitted by TERRI518 10/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Cleaning Dance

I love to listen to music while I clean or fold laundry. Most of the time is is easy to just start dancing while I work. The dog sometimes thinks I am weird though. emoticon

- Submitted by JULIEJOEL 10/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Pomadoro- slicing the tomato!

I work at home, sitting in front of a computer.
One technique for better work quality is the 'pomadoro' where you set a timer and work either for 25 minutes then take a 5 minute break, or work for 50 minutes and take and take a 10 minute break. Use the breaks for exercise, get up, move, stairs, back yard, getting a drink. Just MOVE!
The pomadoro, working in slices, improves work output and can program in activity to an otherwise sedentary day. So SLICE and MOVE. emoticon

- Submitted by LA-BRIT 10/17/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Use your phone's password to keep yourself motivated.

I'm going to Vegas next May and have set realistic goals regarding my weight loss with that in mind, but I'm notoriously bad about following through with things. To keep me motivated, I changed the passcode on my phone to a phrase so that every time I use my phone I'm reminded about what I'm working towards .

- Submitted by RBETLINSKI 10/16/2014 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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"Old Dog" and "New" Trick

I recently resumed running as a cardio exercise, and I feel better mentally and physically. Exercising outdoors clears the cobwebs for the rewarding and stress-filled work of a middle school teacher.

- Submitted by BDJOHNSON 10/16/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Walk / Jog in Place during the Day

I work from home, so I have to be sitting at least 8 hours a day in front of the computer. I have found several short songs with a very quick beat that work well when I have a moment to hope up and walk, sidesteps, or jog in place. I turn and look out the window or door to refocus my eyes. I sit back down feeling refreshed.

- Submitted by TWILAQ1 10/12/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Have 1.5 litre water available all day

I've started stopping at a small grocery store to buy a 1.5 litre bottle of water every day on my way to work. It's only a dollar and having that bottle on the desk all day allows me to make sure I get at least 6 glasses of water throughout the day.

- Submitted by LISADPARKER 10/11/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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