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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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Getting Rid of Invasive Species

Just doing exercise has not been a motivator, but I discovered a good workout by finding and getting rid of invasive species. Not only does the exercise help me but the activity helps the environment. For example in the midwest, there are invasive honeysuckle and Russian olive. Whack it, dig it ...

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Get Extra Steps

I used to sit on the couch as I folded my towels and/or clothes and watch TV. I'd wait until I was finished folding everything and there was a commercial, then take big piles to their places to put them away. I would usually be watching a one hour show and take at least one full show to complete t...

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Exercising at your desk

As many of you do, I sit at a desk all day. And as many know this can severely limit the amount of steps you take during the day. Sometimes I would go home at night and realize I only had 3,500 steps for an 8 hour period. As my belly expanded and my knees ached after a full day at the desk, I rea...

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Go on adventures!

I've started walking, jogging, and hiking outdoors four days per week. To keep things interesting, I've made a list of parks/trails near my house. Each trail has a number next to it. The night before I go, I use a number randomizer on Google to pick where I'm going to go for the next day's exercise....

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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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