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Know Your portion sizes

Know how much of each food you are eating. Sometimes I would think I was only eating 4 ounces of something, but it was really 6 or more. This makes a big difference in calories over meals in a day, days in a week, etc.

- Submitted by MRYOUNESS 7/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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Eat Purposefully

I have found if l eat Purposefully, nourishing my body, chewing, not inhaling my food, that l am satisfied physically and mentally.
I went off all sugar almost 5 months ago and my cravings for nutritious foods increased dramatically.

- Submitted by APHRODIDTE 12/18/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Stepping up on "Steps"

I like to get caught up on recorded TV shows, but they absorb so much time. When no one is home, I play them, and "STEP" around the living room in large circles with my pedometer in my pocket. It's easy to get 10,000+ steps in per day this way.

- Submitted by NYINME 12/15/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Keep Moving

I keep moving throughout the day. Work requires that I stand and when I don't have guests I use the time to do Qi Gong exercises:moving my hands, wrists, fingers, stretching wrists to avoid carpel tunnel,shifting weight from one foot to the other, doing small stretches. I move discreetly stretching calves and getting up on my tiptoes. With live bands in our workplace it's not uncommon to see the employees moving to the music.I keep moving every part of my body that I can. emoticon

- Submitted by ARMOMMI2 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Putting fun into activities.

I love playing table tennis (ping pong) so I joined a table tennis club and I play 2 times per week.
I used to play to win and my whole effort was towards wining each game, wanting to win all the time took away from enjoying the game and my fellow players were my adversaries. Now I just play for having fun and putting all my effort into having fun and making sure that the people I play with also having fun.

- Submitted by GYORGYB 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Waiting for coffee to brew...

I'm always impatient waiting for the coffee to brew, so I started doing strength training while I wait! Usually 2 sets of 10-12 reps, of dumbbell curls, lunges while holding dumbbells, or any of the demos on SP, until the coffee is ready. Great way to start the mornig:)

- Submitted by SNUZSUZ 12/14/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Oatmeal sticks with you

I have oatmeal for breakfast. I add a Tbl of raisins, 2 dried apple rings and cinnamon. After cooking I add 12 chopped almonds and sweeten with an artificial sugar (only 1 a day). Then I add a splash of milk. It keeps me satisfied most of the morning and tastes great!

- Submitted by SUEARNOLD1 12/13/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Walking

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- Submitted by MEG3450 12/10/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Save just a little more with this:

Making your own laundry detergent, softener, soap. candles, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, creamy sauces and more.

- Submitted by MSROBY 12/9/2014 in Saving Money | 1 Comment

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Watch a demo or video!

When I don't feel like exercising-at all! I click on an easy, 10 minute video with Coach Nichole, and before the 10 minutes is up, so I am! emoticon

- Submitted by SNUZSUZ 12/7/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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65 fatcs about diabetes

I found a site with 65 facts about diabetes related problems an facts. Interesting and a must read for those really concerned about their health. May help scare anyone into staying on track.
http://facts.rando
mhistory.com/facts-about
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- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 12/7/2014 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments
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