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Where you shop

Shop the outside of the grocery store. This will keep you in the meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable aisles and keep you away from the chips, candy and other processed foods!

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Try Try Try DO

I have tried to lose weight so many times and have lost significants amounts a few times. Never committed myself to the thought that I am changing my lifestyle, so I went back to poor eating and exercising ways. And I thought: see....you're right, you are a failure! But a person ...I...can learn f...

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the careful not a share of your food

after I could be seeing tasteycakes and dingdongs, I have still managed to continue healthy eating and keeping up with the most economical in time...After you are eating a waste of time, that's loss of timely consistent nutrition and illegal recycling of past expired refrigerated countables.....Did ...

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Fitness fun for all

I belong to Orange Theory and I go on Monday and Wednesday morning. When you walk in they ask if you want a treadmill or a rowing machine. I always ask for the treadmill. Then you walk into the class. All of Orange Theory is classes so you always have a coach to take care of you. They change up the ...

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Salt is handy

By accident, I discovered a handy trick to stop eating when I realized I was full - it's so trained into me that I should 'clean my plate' I often eat more than I really need.

When I was eating supper a couple of days ago I accidentally put salt on my food when I was reaching for the pepper s...

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Dance Break! Then Write

Sometimes a quick walk or movement is something i need to get away for a moment and staying positive, especially when negative thoughts come on. If you have an office with a door, or in your room, (or in public, or anywhere you feel), pick an uplifting song and just dance it out like nobody's watchi...

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Play Pickleball (or any other sport that fits your physical abilities)

I was not raised with sports. But, upon retiring, I discovered pickleball, which is played mainly by older adults. I quickly took to pickleball and began playing several times a week.

Previous to pickleball, exercise was exercise: walking, running, strength training. I could not help but watc...

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Portable Bike Pedals

I set aside a couple of 10 minute sessions per day to pedal out some exercise. I keep the compact device under my desk and enjoy 10 minutes of robust pedaling! While I'm pedaling I think about positive things like the trip I'm planning or the nice hot bath I'll have before bed. I also say a quick pr...

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make it count

I try my best to always eat the very best "type" of a food - so if I crave something I try to never settle for a mediocre sample. I find that I need less of a particular food if I take the time to find the healthiest, best version. Sometimes I actually crave "junk food" but that's okay - I give in...

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Meal planning with the food tracker

Recently I have been recording my meals prior to eating them, so that I can plan in advance meals that serve me and my goals.

This has several advantages:
My computer is on the second floor, the food is on the first, so I am working without any tempting visual cues, and I am less likely...

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Stand UP app

This is a free and amazing little app that you can download!

You set how often you want to be reminded to get up over the course of the day, and what days you want it to happen. You are in charge of what time the reminders start, what time they end and at what location the app works. For inst...

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