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No carbs after 6 pm

Avoiding carb rich foods at night can be the most helpful to shed those pounds. Remember just sticking to your calories does not always help if you have lighter morning meals and heavier evening ones. It is essential to start with a heavy break fast and end with the lightest foods. A heavier food eaten during day can be digested due to body activity but a heavy night meal just goes to your target areas when you drift off to sleep emoticon

- Submitted by CRAZYGAL281182 1/27/2011 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments

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It All Counts!

Whatever active thing you do counts. Whether housework, skipping the elevator and taking the stairs, parking your car at the far end of the parking lot to lengthen your walk into the grocery store...it all counts! So, count it all! emoticon

- Submitted by BIRD2020 5/5/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Audio Books

Instead of music I listen to audio books while working out. There's lots of places to get them free like a library or librivox.org. For me, it's motivation to workout because I'll want to know what happens next in the story. It's killing two birds with one stone; reading and exercising.

- Submitted by ZABEZABE 7/29/2010 in Exercise | 12 Comments

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Live Life

Exercise doesn't always mean hitting the gym. Just doing something fun like swimming, evening walks or playing ball with your kids will help you get to your goal and you will enjoy it too! emoticon

- Submitted by DEEO12 6/23/2010 in Exercise | 28 Comments

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Dancing

Whether alone or with anyone whenever I hear a catchy tune dance a few steps they add up

- Submitted by NASFKAB 2/13/2011 in Exercise | 28 Comments

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Water

Drink water!! All day! Staying hydrated is important to good health.

- Submitted by JAGRIF 7/20/2011 in Exercise | 52 Comments

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Don't Think About It, Just Do It

It helps me to get started walking if I just put on some tennis shoes, wear whatever I have on, open the door and start walking down the street. Walk just 10 minutes from my house and by the time I get back, I've walked 20 minutes. emoticon

- Submitted by KITKAT9782 6/14/2010 in Exercise | 49 Comments

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Strength Building Exercises

Keep a set of hand weights near the couch, during commercial breaks do bicep curls, and other weight lifting exercises. Try to do as many sets with perfect form. emoticon

- Submitted by ANDORALEEJ 9/7/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Plan and Schedule

Treat exercise like any other appointment you have to attend.

Make an appointment with yourself and do NOT cancel!

- Submitted by LIZZY63 6/28/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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I grab my fat

When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.

- Submitted by JULIELANFORD 3/31/2010 in Weight Loss | 133 Comments

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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 85 Comments
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