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Carry a healthy snack at all times

I always carry a protein bar in my purse. I choose Pure Protein because it's a little lower in calories than some, about 180 depending on flavor. Things do come up where we don't get to eat as we planned and when I have this it helps fill me up and keep my protein up until I can get a regular meal

- Submitted by LINDAKAY228 6/7/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Walk Instead of Wait

If you need to go to the pharmacy, ask how long it will take for it to be filled, and then take that time and go walk around the neighborhood instead of waiting. Not only do you get the exercise, but you can walk around a neighborhood you haven't seen much of! A fun way to spice up the walks!

- Submitted by MOMMYAGAIN09 8/2/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Pedometers

Using a pedometer is an easy way to get exercise. I am trying to get to 10,000 steps and I have turned it into a game by challenging myself to add a mere 50 steps to the previous day's total. emoticon

- Submitted by LOSTBETH 7/21/2010 in Exercise | 40 Comments

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Extra Steps

Look for ways to add extra steps to your day. I live in NYC and therefore don't have a car, but I choose routes that are less than direct or walk 5 blocks to take the bus home rather than a half block to the subway. If you drive, park at the furthest (safe) spot from the shop you're going to. Even a few extra steps adds up fast!

- Submitted by SAFARIBABE 1/17/2011 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Exercise contract

It's ok to take a break from working out. The key is to never let more than one day pass without exercising. One day is a break, two days is the start of a downhill slide. Make a contract with yourself that you will not let more than one day pass without your normally planned exercise.

- Submitted by VANESSAALSTOTT 12/21/2010 in Exercise | 36 Comments

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Another Advantage of Walking 10,000 steps

Do you want to see yourself in the top 10 Team Leaders in your teams' weekly Fitness Minutes digest? Chances are it will happen if you do 10,000 steps a day!

- Submitted by SUZYMOBILE 2/13/2011 in Exercise | 25 Comments

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Load up Your IPod!

Walking doesn't feel like exercise when I have my IPod on and I'm listening to my favorite music...it's pure pleasure! emoticon

- Submitted by LIVINGSTRONG2 6/24/2010 in Exercise | 21 Comments

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4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. !

You may have only lost one pound or perhaps even 1/2 a pound but when you think of it visually - 4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. Well, for one, that keeps me going !! Think about what it looks like or holding 4 sticks or squishing it in your hands. 4 sticks are a lot, now kiss them goodbye!

- Submitted by MSALICAT 7/19/2014 in Motivation | 4 Comments

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10 minutes of daily exercise...will help you shrink your size

There is no substitute for Perserverance and Consistency.
Another thing I learnt in Spark, more from people in my age group.You need to move, to improve. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I know do chair exercises, chair yoga and stretches under the watchful eyes of a trained physiotherapist. I have moved from being wheel chair bound to using a cane to walk in a matter of 6 months. Lost about 55 to 56 lbs, more because of a debilitating infection, Dengue. Now maintenance is the challenge.

- Submitted by GRANJERRY1 7/19/2014 in Exercise | 2 Comments

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Walk/Run to the music

I cover the display on the treadmill while I'm walking/jogging and zone out to the music I'm listening. I'm not paying attention to the numbers and I tend to go farther and faster that way

- Submitted by BLUGIRL44 5/9/2010 in Exercise | 38 Comments

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Tuna

It's a phenomenal protein. Lean, healthy, portable. I could be anywhere (work, home) and eat healthy protein with good fats to help satisfy my hunger and help prevent a fast-food run.

- Submitted by LISAHW 7/17/2014 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments