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KEEP TRYING

Nobody said it was going to be easy or quick and doing something is better than doing nothing, so keep trying to improve. Take baby steps.

- Submitted by TAREN584 8/22/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments

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keeping moving!

I can't exercise much due to a severe knee problem, but I do try and do some short walks at work in my breaks. Not much, but a lot better than nothing! emoticon

- Submitted by KATZEYEZ 1/27/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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squating and taking a walk

I try to walk everyday. Usually I walk in the afternoon. Sometimes in this type of weather I can only walk around 15 minutes. When I cook sometimes I do squats or walk around the table.

- Submitted by GAL2202 1/27/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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My Secret

I like to stretch and do some yoga poses while I'm watching tv or cooking dinner. It helps me get any kinks out of my body from working and, and it helps me center myself.

- Submitted by MEGOLAS0169 1/27/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Calf Raises

I do calf raises while preparing food. Lifting up on my toes slow and controlled, speeding them up, and I'll also do them pigeon-toed. You can also lift up your toes, and go up on your heels to work different muscles.

I also add in a few calf stretches when I go upstairs to go to bed at night, letting my heels sink a little lower for a few seconds on each step.

- Submitted by ALRICHIE 1/26/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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The Motivation Jar

Every time you are done a workout, write what was so great about it on a small piece of paper (e.g. "I felt strong when I ran today"). Then fold the paper and add it to your motivation jar. When you are feeling less motivated, you can reach in and read a few papers to get you pumped up to workout again.

- Submitted by TIRIGANIAQ 1/24/2015 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Timer

I set my timer for 45 mins and get up and walk through the office and reset when I sit back down. Or I'll start a conversation on IM and when the person answers I know they are at their space so I get up and go visit instead of continuing to type.

- Submitted by UMMKHALIFAH 1/23/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Changing direction, changing mindset

Sprarkcoach taught me the value of staying with it, and to take time to refresh how each day went. Tracking food choices and staying in balance. Also mixing up my exercise even if it is only 5 or 10 minutes at a time.

- Submitted by KJBDOIT 1/21/2015 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Secret of moving

Walk over to my office printer each time I make a copy.

- Submitted by SUSANFORSYTH 1/19/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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A few more steps.

Park farther away when shopping. A few extra steps here and there add up. emoticon

- Submitted by MVKNET 1/17/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Be Prepared

I have found that if I prepackage my snacks (carrot sticks, any cut up fresh veggies), cut up fruit, cheese cubes, etc., I have a better chance of keeping my Blood Sugar regulated. No More Digging thru the cabinets for something to Snack On !!!! emoticon

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 1/16/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments
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