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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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Just walk or 10 minutes...

Seriously this works every time. If I just don't feel like hitting the GYM I tell myself, "I'm just going to walk or do 10 minutes". Toss on your work out clothes and shoes & go out the door. I hit the gym and I am always excited that I pull through and do an amazing workout/run. I am NEVER beat...

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Walk It Off ! ! !

Walk It Off!
Cooler fall weather is ideal for starting a walking program besides the weight-loss benefits, you'll reduce stress, Lower your Blood Sugar and lower your risk of heart disease. Get out and Enjoy the Autumn Weather for Your Health ! ! !


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Alway eat a protein with a carb.

While it is the most helpful thing to know about eating with diabetes, I am surprised how many people don't know this "secret." ALWAYS combine a carb with a protein at every meal or snack.

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walking does the heart good ...and all other body parts

I have discovered that walking has an immediate and positive affect on blood sugar. I proved that myself by testing my bs before and after a 30 minute walk. AND before taking meds.

It was shockingly better and to add to that great thing...my cholestrol also took a pleasant nose dive as well....

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Sunday Prep

On Sunday evening I plan out lunches and snacks for work. I have snack sized zip locks and I'll set up 5 bags with a 1/4c almonds, 1/4c kashi cereal to mix in with my yogurts. I bring in a container of baby carrots to keep in the office fridge for snacking and I make sure I have 5 of everything fo...

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Change Something!

Change something! Eat at a different calorie range, eat different combinations of foods. Change the intensity of how you exercise. Change the exercise. If you walk, jog for 15 seconds then walk 1 minute. If you run at a certain speed, increase the speed for 15 second intervals. Use the incline on th...

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Take magical steps towards your miracle

I used to kick myself for what I should have eaten or should have done. Spark People has changed me. Now I imagine every positive step I take towards being healthy as magical.
-take my meds or do a blood sugar test
-choose a fiber rich snack
-go for a walk
-make a post on a Spark Peo...

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Off all diabetic meds!!

after many years of taking meds i am now off meds; i did this by working out 30 minutes 5 out of 7 days which started out as simply walking!; increased fruits, water, veggies. really watched the carbs and protein.

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Eat salad on dinner plates & dinner on salad plates

Eating your salad on a dinner plate makes it look smaller, so you take bigger portions of salad. Then reverse the trick for dinner, so your sensible portion looks like more.

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Drink!

A couple of times when my weight has stalled, getting religious about my water intake and pushing it to 10 cups a day got things moving again. Also, adding brewed green tea helps give you something to sip on and boosts metabolism with many antioxidants as well.

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Consistency IS KEY

Someone exercising 20 minutes a day will see better results than someone who slogs it out for 2 hours 2 days per week, it has taken me years to figure that out.

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