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PB2: Powdered Peanut Butter: Lower in Fat and Calories; Just add water and mix.

It is beginning to appear on store shelves everywhere. My sister learned about it at a Weight Watcher's meeting from someone who would buy it out of town. After asking local stores to stock it, it started showing up in our hometown. It's lower in fat and calories, easy to mix up, and tastes good. Much better than Better'n Peanut Butter substitute made from who knows what and tastes terrible. We made a low calore peanut butter pie from skinny.com using it. It was delicious. Good on toast!

- Submitted by REEDSKI 9/6/2010 in Product Reviews | 14 Comments

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Ball Chair

I have an exercise ball chair at my office, it is good for my core but it is great for fidgeting.

- Submitted by DKALTMAN04 11/21/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Squeeze extra movement

I go to the grocery store when it's not busy & walk the aisles very briskly. It's warm, no snow or ice, long aisles & very close to my house. I also bring grocery carts back inside. The employees appreciate the help (especially if it's cold outside) & I like helping. I also run errands as a favor for my DH...if he forgot something in the office above the garage --- I'll go get it -- I need the steps & stairs.

- Submitted by COLUMBINE2 11/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Intensity

I ramp up the intensity and I can feel and see the exercise benefits faster.

- Submitted by ANNIE1114 11/20/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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dance away touble

Dancing to a lively tune helps me reduce stress

- Submitted by TEENACPERKINS 11/19/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Love Spark People

I love spark people. Thank You Spark People. I log in every day and record my nutrition, and fitness every day. If I didn't have such a neat place to do it, I am not sure if i would get it done. They do so much of the head work so there is not a reason for me not to do it. I love my Spark Tracker as it keeps track of my steps and calories i burn. I also love the way Spark Coach teaches me so many things. Love it.

- Submitted by ROBINRDK 11/18/2014 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments

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Have a Smoothie for Some Pre-Exercise Energy!!

Having a fruit packed smoothie an hour+ before your workout will give you lasting energy throughout even an intense 60 minute cardio session! I used to try all sorts - protein, energy gels, caffeine - but I've found that fruit (both fresh fruit ad/or a smoothie) give an energy boost like no other! Give it a try!

- Submitted by ASHLEIGHM89 11/18/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Walk

If I can take a few minutes away from my desk during stressful times, I find it helps reduce my stress level. A couple laps around the building is plenty to feel better.

- Submitted by LISADPARKER 11/17/2014 in Everything Else | 1 Comment

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Watching Water Boil Doesn't Have to be Tedious

Keep an exercise band in the pantry with the mop and broom. While watching whatever is on the oven or on the stovetop, do a 10+ minute strength training workout. You'll find that water comes to a boil a lot quicker than it used to!

- Submitted by SHESMITH1 11/12/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Watch the carb

Nothing is off limits but eating more fruits/veggies & less bread, rice & pasta is working. I'm not tracking but try to eat fewer servings of starches and eat them earlier in the day. It is good for me to eat a lean meat, veggies & skim milk for dinner. It is pretty simple and it is doing the trick.

- Submitted by MEMEQ2 11/10/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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My Secret

After my heart operation I promised my self that I will always take the stairs instead the elevators. So far so good . . . I been up 14 floors but in the future I will not be so crazy. emoticon

- Submitted by GYORGYB 11/8/2014 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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