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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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Flies bugging you? Try Fly Herding (no kidding!)

Last year we had a horrific infestation of big ugly flies. It was night time and my husband noticed that the flies were attracted to the light. He had an idea: He turned off all the lights except the one in the dining room; then he went around the house and swooshed at the flies with a dish towel. All the flies headed for the light. Next he turned on the light in the kitchen and turned off the light in the dining room. He repeated the process, herding all the flies into the kitchen.

- Submitted by SINGAGAIN 4/19/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments

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sitting at my computer

When I am sitting at my computer, I set a timer for 50 minutes and when it goes off I get up and move for 10 minutes. This can get me over an hour of exercise in during a workday.

- Submitted by JOEBLAINE 7/24/2015 in Exercise | 2 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 | 140 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 | 90 Comments

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Login to SparkPeople

After having a couple of days of not logging in, I realized that rather than looking at logging in SP as a big task or something that requires a lot of time/effort just treat it like maybe your Facebook or email. When you check your emails, do a quick login to SP, blog/post/browse/read as per your convenience and whenever possible multiple times a day. When it seems like a small casual task you wont dread doing it.

And we all know how much being regular on SP helps!

- Submitted by DDKDDK 2/9/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 37 Comments

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When i feel like stopping

When I am exercising and feel like stopping, I ask myself, "what's one more minute"? Sometimes it's "Can you just do 5 more minutes" (depending on how hard the workout feels.) I can do this for just ONE MORE MINUTE. And then I stay focused on just that one minute. Eventually, I string the minutes along until I have completed my workout.

- Submitted by ONERAINDROP 7/23/2015 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Figure out what you are hungry for - it might not be food

Hunger isn't necessarily for food!

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.

Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!! Recognize what your hunger actually is for, and satisfy it with what it is craving.

Ice cream rarely gives you extra sleep, quenches your thirst, or gives you a hug!

- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 47 Comments

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The Main Cause of Diabetes Type 2

Researchers say weight gain and sedentary lifestyles are often the main cause of type 2 diabetes. In an effort to help prevent and reverse the disease, the Mayo Clinic recently released a guidebook, the Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet. seems to be availa ble at Barnes & Noble and MayoClinic.com. I have not read it but would appreciate input if you have.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 1/10/2012 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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10 minute Movement Breaks

When I first started just 2 months ago I was SOOOO unfit. Just walking from the parking lot into the building I work in was enough. So I started parking at the far end of the parking lot and walking the long way in. I made a point at break time to just go out and walk around my building ONCE. By incorporating just two 10-minute movement breaks into my daily schedule everyday I started to see a difference. Now I can walk a mile at a time and look forward to those breaks! You can do it too!

- Submitted by REALTYLADYLISA 8/6/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Water Helps Drown Cravings

I have found that when I am really trying to fight a craving, it helps to drink a glass (or 2) of water and wait 10 minutes. It has worked so successfully for me, that I now tell myself I can have whatever it is I want if I simply drink my water and wait 10 minutes first. More than half the time, the craving passes and I'm better hydrated. I was initially inspired by reading an article that we sometimes crave sugar (or think we're hungry...) when we're actually thirsty. Crazy, huh?

- Submitted by LYDIATHEGREAT 8/7/2014 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Walk More

I walk extra if I want to or I clean my house. My Dr., just told me this week I'll never get rid of my Diabetes. I don't take meds any longer, I just control it with diet.

- Submitted by LOULOUWLG403 5/15/2015 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment
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