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Table Push-Backs

While I am not really at Maintenance yet, I did a 3 week vacation WITH NO WEIGHT GAIN! I stopped eating & PUSHED BACK FROM THE TABLE as soon as I was feeling full, satisfied, satiated! And even without counting calories (no access to computer most of the time) I did not gain weight! Wow!

- Submitted by PAMBWS 8/3/2010 in Weight Maintenance | 0 Comments

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Exercise While Watching Your Favorite Show

It was one of those days when I wasn't really feeling like working out, but I was feeling guilty for not. I was laying on the couch watching a movie when it hit me, my laptop was right there, so I brought a workout up on the computer (youtube), muted and did my workout while watching the movie.

- Submitted by T-ROY0019 8/1/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Rudy Walk

My Mom (67) and I (48) walk every morning with my Australian Shepherd Rudy @ 4:30am for one hour. Everyone thinks we are crazy and maybe we are BUT this is the only time I am able to get exercise in before getting the kids to school and working full time. Plus since we started doing this 4yrs ago both my physical and mental status has improved so much. The best part is being able to relieve all my stressful events to my mom knowing it is going no where... emoticon

- Submitted by SUZICATS 2/8/2011 in Exercise | 19 Comments

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Going to the gym

I go to the gym every morning at 5AM Monday thru Friday. There are no obstacles in the way at that time of the day and I get it behind me. I go to work full of energy. And if time permits I can still do another workout in the evening-even if it's just a nice walk! emoticon emoticon

- Submitted by NURSEU 12/1/2010 in Exercise | 27 Comments

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Create a no-excuses daily exercise routine

For me, the secret of success is creating a no-excuses daily exercise routine that is not tied to equipment, videos, or a gym. Something that can be done at home any day of the week.

- Submitted by FITFABJENN 1/31/2011 in Exercise | 13 Comments

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Why Not Make An Appointment

We schedule doctor & dentist appointments. We schedule vacation time. We schedule for car repairs. We need to remember if we want to stay healthy, then we need to also schedule our exercise time too. What is more important than our health? When its on the calendar we are more apt to make it happen.

- Submitted by POLLKAT 7/30/2010 in Exercise | 14 Comments

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Time it

I set a 15 minute timer and workout (either cardio or strength training). I do this several ytimes during the day including in front of the TV. It is amazing how much this adds up.

- Submitted by DAWN0324 1/16/2011 in Exercise | 6 Comments

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Sneak in some strength training

Keep your hand weights close by. During commercials do some bicep curls, etc..! emoticon

- Submitted by LESLIE_2B_LESS 6/15/2010 in Exercise | 26 Comments

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Parking

Everywhere you go, park as far away from the door as possible. These short walks add up and parking on the perimeter is a breeze.

- Submitted by LOMACK1 11/13/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Getting your water intake

Drink one glass of water (mine is 5 oz) at the gym before you start your work-out, one during and one plus some after your work-out and you will have 2 glasses drank in no time.

- Submitted by SHARILKING 6/13/2011 in Exercise | 30 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 | 134 Comments
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