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Will power

Words of wisdom from my mother. "It's not about will power, but about won't power."

- Submitted by MOON_LITSKIES 5/26/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment

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even when I don't feel like it

I find that if I start to exercise, even if I don't feel like it...It only takes a few minutes to start feeling better.

- Submitted by 130GRETL 4/8/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Sing a song

When I'm really bummed and need a quick pick me up, I turn up the volume really loud and sing along with whatever is on the radio! It is an instant mood booster for me!

- Submitted by AMBOMAE82 7/1/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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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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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 | 36 Comments

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Brush Your Teeth Instead of Eating

When I have a craving that comes at a time when I shouldn't eat, I brush my teeth. I think it's just a fact that no one wants to turn around and eat after brushing teeth, and it's great for your teeth. You can still brush your teeth if you're at work or out somewhere. And it doesn't have to be very involved, just a quick brush does the trick. emoticon

- Submitted by LDOTSON7 3/7/2015 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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my go to snack foods when I get hungry (especially at night)

I try water first, wait twenty minutes, do something different, and then if I am still hungry I grab dense calorie foods like almonds, sunflowers and craisens to eat. I use the STOP program , I Select, Taste, Observe, Pause while eating. This way I can really enjoy my portion. Like always I stay faithful to staying within my calorie limit. emoticon

- Submitted by KJBDOIT 4/1/2015 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments

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Adding a few more steps

I try to park as far away as I can from the store when I go shopping.

- Submitted by EVE2015 4/2/2015 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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My Secret

I get my workout in first thing in the morning, that way if I get too emoticon busy to another later that day, I've got it in first; not to mention I feel recharged afterward.

- Submitted by PONITAIL444 4/14/2015 in Exercise | 0 Comments

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Keep moving

Even when I'm not motivated I just keep moving. I make a big deal out of loading the washer and dryer, moving every part of my body that I can.I keep the soap on a high shelf so that I have to stretch to reach it. Same with things in the kitchen. Reaching and stretching every chance I get. When I'm shopping, I am really moving. I go the long way around to get to the aisles I need to go in. Those few extra seconds for each task add up to minutes that I don't miss. emoticon

- Submitted by ARMOMMI2 4/18/2015 in Exercise | 1 Comment

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Morning Spark

I like using Sparkpeople with my morning coffee. When I'm still waking up, I do a quick run through of anything that gets me Sparkpoints. It gets me thinking about what I need to do today from the very start.

- Submitted by GRATZBY 4/17/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 13 Comments
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