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Eat a pound of vegetables every day

This is what did it for me. Get a kitchen scale and eat at least a pound of vegetables every day. They fill you up, and you have less room for junk. No food is off- limits, but who has room for a large dessert or second helping of meat when you've just eaten three grilled zucchinis or a shoebox sized serving of spinach?

- Submitted by STRONG_SARAH 8/23/2014 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Stretch In Bed In The Winter

Notice you are pretty warm when you wake up? Well, you could go ahead and do some simple stretches while you are still in bed, and under the covers. I like to stretch my hip muscles this way, because my house is not as warm as I would like.
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- Submitted by HANNAH_CALM 12/1/2010 in Exercise | 28 Comments

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plan to go everyday

my daughter told me to plan to workout everyday not just 3 or 4 days a week. if it is a part of your DAILY routine it is easier to stick to it than if you go 3 or 4 days. now i go 6 days a week and if i miss a day once in a great while..no biggie!!

- Submitted by SWEETIEHEAD 4/25/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Time Flies

I have a problem with the timer on exercise machines....they always taunt me!!! I have an awful habit of looking at them and dwelling on the fact that, "I've only been on here for 4 minutes!!!" emoticon
What I like to do is place a towel over the timer so that I'm not tempted to look at it and get discouraged. Time flies when you aren't worried about it.

- Submitted by NELIEBELLE 7/4/2011 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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10 minutes

I know this is not new, but it truly works. I was not feeling good this week and still wanted to get my exercise in. I tried to do it in 10 minute increments. I did the elliptical, treadmill, bike for 10 minutes at a time and by the end of the day I had 2 hours in!

- Submitted by ANGIEBILL 10/30/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Start the day

Best way to start the day is with a quick 5-30 minute walk. Gets the juices going. emoticon

- Submitted by FLMOMX2 1/2/2011 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Early runs

I find that when I do my exercise early in the morning, it leaves me with energy for the day, and more time to spend with my kids in the evening.

- Submitted by SPARKINGMYLIFE 7/14/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Music

I need a good motivational and energizing song to really get my butt in shape.

- Submitted by CERULEANSIN516 6/30/2011 in Exercise | 7 Comments

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Perspective to get back on Track

If you got a traffic ticket, you wouldn't spend the whole day breaking traffic laws. So why would you blow the whole day over a slice of pizza? by Beth Donovan 2009

- Submitted by ~INDYGIRL 10/22/2014 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments

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Early morning Workout

Working out early in the morning, gets it out of the way, and you won't have an excuse later on to not do it.

- Submitted by MITECU 7/19/2010 in Exercise | 22 Comments

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Exercise through commercials

Instead of sitting on the couch and watching those commercials during your favorite TV show, get up and exercise instead. It's a good time to do leg lifts, walk or run in place, lift weights, etc. If nothing else, just get moving. Even folding laundry can count. You do lots of bending over just taking it out of the dryer. With today's TV shows, sometimes the commercials take more time than the show itself. That's lots of exercise and at least you are not tempted by the food ones. emoticon

- Submitted by DDPLADY 2/26/2011 in Exercise | 45 Comments
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