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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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Portion Control

I use dessert plates as my dinner plates. By using smaller plates it seems like I am getting a lot of food. It has really helped me to stop eating when I am full.

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Exercise while watching TV - use your recliner to help you stay active

I keep a set of 5 pound dumbbells on the floor next to my recliner. Whenever I am watching TV in the evenings or on weekends, I will pick them up and do biceps curls, shoulder presses, chest flys, etc. If I am feeling really energetic (a rare occasion!), I will stand up and do triceps kickbacks or s...

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Just do it!

Exercise has been a naughty word most of my life. I always told people that I was not athletic. I do not like to sweat! I am a good example of a couch/recliner potato.

Now, at age 72 my semi-annual blood test came back with a report that I was prediabetic. I was surprised and alarmed. I ...

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Yoga helps me manage stress.

I started a gentle morning yoga class about 3 years ago for the strength and balance aspects of the practice. I've found that one of the things I most enjoy about my classes is the stress-reduction that comes with it.

Breathing matches movement, and both require some concentration, so I'm co...

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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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