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Olive Oil as Measuring Spoon Primer

Rub olive oil on measuring cups and spoons coated with sticky stubstances (like honey) to ease cleaning.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 3/29/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments

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Start Small

When I started I could only do 10 minutes on a recumbent bike. Make the best out of that 10 minutes and increase your time each week. I am up to 60 minutes of cardio for each workout session and often add a water aerobics class in after that. Start small because you will see large results.

- Submitted by BPULLOS 7/8/2010 in Exercise | 17 Comments

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Becoming a Morning Exerciser

Morning exercisers are made, not born. It only takes 14 days to form a habit - once you realize how great it feels to start your day with your workout already accomplished, you'll want to keep setting your alarm at 5:30!

- Submitted by AMEREDITHJ 6/1/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Call it Self-Care, or "Me Time"

Recategorize it in your mind.

- Submitted by BECCACOZZIE 3/4/2011 in Exercise | 13 Comments

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TRY IT YOU WILL LIKE IT

Exercise is a tough thong for many people, but try it, start slow and keep working on consistence and increasing your time. The funny thing is that those lovely endorphins will kick in and you feel great. You will want more and slowly start to like it!!

- Submitted by DYNAMICDEB53 4/18/2010 in Exercise | 15 Comments

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Log your exercise

Sometimes when I don't really feel like working out, I log my exercise first to hold myself accountable. emoticon

- Submitted by COOKIEGIRL26 5/19/2010 in Exercise | 11 Comments

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Do Something You've Never Wanted To

I've always hated running, but I started jogging on the treadmill. Now I love it! AND I've lost 6 lbs since I began 2 weeks ago! So challenge yourself with something you think you won't like. You may surprise yourself. I sure did!

- Submitted by SING_LOUD 4/30/2010 in Exercise | 5 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 | 29 Comments

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Keep a pair of walking shoes in car

I keep an extra pair of shoes and socks in the trunk of my car so I can throw them on and get some walking in sometimes like if I find I have a little extra time, or see a trail or park that looks inviting, or for any other time when I might be able to take a short quick walk. Great way to get in some more exercise, whether it's 10 minutes or half an hour.

- Submitted by LINDAKAY228 10/29/2010 in Exercise | 24 Comments

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Drink a glass of water first.

When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.

- Submitted by HEIDY52 4/11/2014 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments

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OMAT - One Month At A Time

In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!

- Submitted by ODAT1117 4/14/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments