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Kick those empty carbs.

Soda is chock full of them. Cut out the soda and kick those carbs to the curb.

- Submitted by CSTARK76 3/15/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Keeping Moving

At one time I really use to hate housework, but now that I have "The Spark" I just use housecleaning as a way to get my exercise in. I just pop in my favorite CD and I just clean and dance. You REALLY burn calories, get your housework done, and have tons of fun!

- Submitted by READY2LOSE37 10/23/2010 in Exercise | 15 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 | 39 Comments

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DESK PEOPLE -- Get up and Move - Once Every Hour!!!!

The title says it! Your metabolism will thank you!!

- Submitted by HUMLADY1 12/7/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Dress for Success

Wear your 'best' exercise clothes, regardless of where you exercise. If you have only one good outfit wash it more often if needed. Get rid of the old ripped faded baggy clothes and wear something that feels and look goods and makes you feel like an athlete.

- Submitted by KALISWALKER 8/12/2010 in Exercise | 46 Comments

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Extra Effort

I try to keep moving! Even if it's only walking to the grocery store from a parking space far away from the door or making an extra trip upstairs to gather the laundry. I go out of my way to add a few extra steps to every activity.

- Submitted by ZOTISLH 9/11/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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Sleep in your work out clothes

I try to workout when I first wake up so if I sleep in my shorts and tee shirt then I'm almost dressed and ready to go as soon as my feet hit the floor. It also helps if I have breakfast laid out, so I just have to flip a switch and slice a banana.

- Submitted by SEADAME 11/2/2010 in Exercise | 40 Comments

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JUST DO IT!

If you know today is your workout day, don't think about it twice, just get up and DO IT! No excuses, no buts, no later, JUST DO IT, NOW! It will be over before you know it and you will feel so good and proud!!
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- Submitted by RUDBEKIA 4/21/2010 in Exercise | 19 Comments

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Granny Apples

I read that even the smell of a green apple can trick your mind into thinking it is full. Apples have alot of fiber and the old adage An Apple A day, May keep the Doctor away might just be true. Love your Granny! Tsk Tsk

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 3/19/2011 in Living With Diabetes | 3 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 | 132 Comments

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But I Don't Wanna!

Exercise is the key to feeling great. We all know that, but some days, we just don't feel motivated to move AT ALL. My trick, on those days, is to do at least the warm-up portion of the DVD, walking/running program, etc. Stop after that if you want, but I bet you won't!! emoticon

- Submitted by GRINNING_BELLY 5/16/2010 in Exercise | 33 Comments
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