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This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!

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get your water in

The way I make sure I get enough water in each day is to take my water bottle with me in the car wherever I go. I get bored in the car so I drink my water.

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Tracking my food BEFORE I eat.

I know what I have at hand to choose from and find that there are still surprises (good and bad) that can be incorporated or excluded BEFORE stepping on that land mine that means I have to adjust food later in the day to stay on track. I had NO IDEA that pistachios were so high-high calorie as they...

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morning workout buddy

One of the best decisions I've made in my life is when I started talking to a neighbor I knew, but didn't know well, at a neighborhood gathering. Both of us wanted to get healthier, and both of us wanted to walk a half marathon, even though neither of us were regularly walking or exercising in any w...

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Detox Your Body

The main secret I"m sharing here is that large amounts of vegitables are more filling than you realize. Detoxing with fruit/vegitable smooties with a base of spinach and eating "big bowl salads" are a great way to reset your metabolism. The point behind detox is to rid your body of preservatives a...

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Living in a Vertical Landscape

Living in a landscape that is as vertical as it is horizontal, walking to the post office gets the heart rate up.
It is only two and a half blocks to the post office from my house. It is also an elevation gain of almost one hundred vertical feet.
The first block is relatively flat and makes ...

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Swimming for Health

Going for a swim gets me back on track. Since it is probably the exercise I enjoy most, I don't have to push myself as hard to go for a swim as I would for other exercises.

When I feel bad, a swim gives me energy. It is more like playing than working out. If I were to make a recommendation...

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Turn TV Time Into a Workout

If I feel like watching TV, which isn't often anymore, I turn it into a work out. I have two different ways to do this:

The first is to make a game out of the show, assigning an exercise and number of reps to a common occurrence in the show. For example, during the Big Bang Theory, every tim...

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Secret to More Movement

My secret to more movement is JUST DO IT!

While I sit at the computer reading the multitude of articles, watching videos, and reading the various blogs, I keep my body in motion. I try not to spend more than an hour at the computer. So, I set the timer for 15 minutes. For every 15 minutes I...

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imagine hearing motivating melody to initiate fitness activities

In the morning before breakfast I exercise using fitness videos. While initially I had difficulty doing a few minutes at the beginning level, in six months I have progressed to 30 minutes, usually at intermediate level. More importantly, in these six months I have noticed substantial changes in my...

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Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

After 60 years of struggling to get the shells off of hard to peel hard- boiled eggs, I finally found a simple fool- proof solution to the problem. No special appliances are needed. You Simply place the eggs in any steamer you have over boiling water for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the heat...

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Walking Cardio Push

It can be challenging, even in the most beautiful walking scenery, to enhance the experience by doing something more than just moving faster.
Adding some planned "push" to the cardio workout is all fine and good.
Adding some random "push" to the cardio is great.
During walks with my exe...

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