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Motivational Exercise Quotes

"A smile confuses an approaching frown."
-Author Unknown

"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy."
-Cynthia Nelms

"A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home."
-Author Unknown

"Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad."
-Norm Papernick

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want."
-Margaret Young

"Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"
- Dennis and Wendy Mannering

"Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats."

"I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
-Ancient Persian Saying

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
-Winston Churchill

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."
-Roald Dahl

Bicycling your Way to Fitness

6 Minutes on your Bicycle per Day...

If you weigh between 160 to 170 lbs 6 minutes on a bicycle (cycling as fast as you can) burns 120 calories.

You are only cycling 20 mph (32 kmph), but in 6 minutes you've burned 120 calories... And when you realize you are only supposed to eat approx 2000 calories per day then that is 16.7% of your daily calories in JUST 6 MINUTES.

Now of course you don't need to be racing / going that fast. You could go at a more leisurely pace.

At 10 mph you burn 47 calories.

At 12 mph you burn 62 calories.

At 14 mph you burn 79 calories.

At 16 mph you burn 95 calories.

And this is just for someone who weighs 165 lbs. The more you weigh the more you burn when doing cardio because it takes more effort.

If you weigh 220 pounds the numbers go up dramatically!

10 mph for 6 minutes = 62 calories.
12 mph for 6 minutes = 84 calories.
14 mph for 6 minutes = 104 calories.
16 mph for 6 minutes = 126 calories.
20 mph for 6 minutes = 168 calories.

And its just for 6 minutes! Imagine if you bicycled at a leisurely 10 mph pace for 1 hour (bicycling 10 miles)... the total is 630 calories.

Go weigh yourself, visit the free calorie calculator at and then calculate how many calories you can lose just by cycling daily...

And then go bicycle every day for a month and see how much you lose.

For fun you can also take up fixing bicycles. Lose weight, fix bicycles, bicycle, save money on transportation, have fun!

How to Control Binge Eating

Guest Post by Chrissy Cee


Is there any chance you might give advice to someone so severely needing a how to control binge eating? I have suffered several years now and I am desperate to defeat it.

The problems tend to arise when I am alone mainly but sometimes also occurs when I am stressed. I think it is trying to numb the boredom and discomfort of being alone.

I have dropped a few pounds twice however each time I've returned to the binge eating ways. I truly really want this gone permanently. Please help.


I used to do the very same, my binge symptoms were mainly at night when I was alone. The biggest issues that helped me to conquering doing that is planning, visualizing, and distracting.

As far as planning, I'd prepare my meals and snacks the day prior to so that I knew I'd eat healthy. Sometimes a binge would happen whenever I had a powerful desire of craving for food because I hadn't had food in a extensive time (5-6 hrs or even more). Now I made sure I eat at the very least some thing every three hours. This assists me to eat 5-6 little meals throughout the day instead of 2-3 big meals.

Visualizing has been the largest motivator for me personally. Just picture yourself on an every day basis feeling and seeing yourself in your mind as already thin in your everyday clothes. You might not be presently there yet however it is incredible how should you retain believing that you're slim, the mind will automatically focus on means of getting there and becoming that image. Your mind is really powerful in so many ways.

One other way I personally use the strength of visualizing is saying how I want a certain event to be. As an example, I had difficulty during the night having the ability to manage my eating habits. So on my way home, while driving, I'd create in your mind walking in the door to my home, drinking plenty of water, washing up, and laying down for bed to chill out.

I additionally make use of visualizing when I go to places where there will be a large amount of food like parties. I'll visualize beforehand eating slowly and gradually and eating only little servings. You'll be amazed at your self-control whenever you try this strategy. I still use this technique almost everyday, for example even before I eat lunch with my co-workers, I quickly visualize eating slowly and enjoying a little meal.

The last thing I use is distraction. If I'm bored and feel the need to eat food when I know I'm not truly that famished I'll go play a game on my computer, watch a movie, call or text a friend, read a magazine, take a stroll or something that will keep me occupied and keep my mind off food. If it's been 20 minutes and I'm still thinking of food I will visualize just enjoying a little treat then allow myself have it. Additionally I see ending after I enjoy that small treat and not permitting myself binge.

I had lots of other approaches that I have in my program, but I think these 3 are best to begin with and can have the most significant influence according to what you said was causing the binge eating.

I have another training I would like you to definitely try for the following fourteen days starting right now. I actually do this everyday anI do this everyday and it has worked best in finding out how to control binge eating and it's been researched upon thousands of people to be the best way to bring your desired goals into actuality.

Every Day for the Next 14 Days:

1) Put in writing on a piece of paper your key goal as if it's already real.

For instance, I jot down: I weigh 118 lbs. I feel so slim and love the way I feel in my clothes. I eat small meals during the day and exercise 5 times per week for at least twenty minutes.

Be sure to state your ultimate goal in the positive. As an example don't put in writing such things as "I wish to stop binge eating" (binge eating is negative. For instance do not write down things like "I want to stop binge eating" (binge eating is negative), or "I'm not fat anymore" (fat is also bad).

Also I imagine myself every morning and every night being my ideal weight.

I wish you the best of luck and make sure you let me know how the 14 day challenge goes!

Teaching your Kids to be Healthy

Guest Post by Kay Dalton

With the noted rising annual obesity levels among children, it is increasingly becoming important to teach your children to be healthy more than ever. Overweight and obese children are more susceptible to illnesses like diabetes and heart problems. Obesity is a very unhealthy condition for children and it is very difficult for them to conquer this by their lonesome without the proper guidance. When kids reach adolescence and may already want to do something about the problem, it may be too late as they may already have well-entrenched eating and activity habits that can easily overpower them if they are not disciplined enough, or they will be trying vainly to break free from it for the rest of their lives.

The most important step you as a parent can take to teach your children to be healthy is to set an example for them. Eating healthy food should be the norm while fast foods, cake and candy should only be thought of as treats which can be enjoyed occasionally. Those categorized as unhealthy food should not be stocked inside the house so as to avoid being tempted.

Be sure that the consumption of fatty foods are minimized while encouraging your children to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and poultry, and wholegrain carbohydrates. Make it a point to serve healthy meals to the whole family so that it becomes the standard and anything unhealthy is frowned upon as not in keeping with that standard. A very important part of a healthy lifestyle is physical activity, so go out and have fun with your kids and convince them to be active even if it's just to play catch in your backyard. Skipping, hopping and running are activities that are easily blended into various games. One way to pique children's interest in physical activity is to introduce them to traditional games like hop-scotch, tag and handball. They can also participate in sports and other organized activities once they start playgroup or pre-school. Tell them how active you were during your younger days by showing old photos of mom in her cheerleading outfit or of dad playing football.

In the same manner that you should become a passionate reader yourself if you want to encourage your children to read, so should it be when it comes to physical activity. Provide an example by exercising yourself and have fun with your children and support them when they participate in sport or other physical activities.

It is important however to always emphasize the importance of being healthy and not just on being thin or losing weight. Your children need to learn that a balanced, healthy lifestyle is better for them - and for you. Parents stand to gain a lot from being fit and healthy because aside from feeling better - they will also be able to lead a better quality way of life to enjoy with their children and even grandchildren.

It is our responsibility as parents to train our children the best we can. There is no hard rule when it comes to parenting, but keeping our family healthy is always a very wise investment. Don't give in when your kids return from play dates and ask you for certain kinds of food because they claim that their friends can eat whatever they like. Unhealthy food is full of additives, preservatives and flavoring designed to make it taste better, but it is unhealthy. From the very beginning, train your children to be healthy and you won't regret it.

10 Tips To Help Lose Weight

Guest Post by Christy Lyons

When it comes to shedding a few extra pounds it may not be as difficult as you once first thought. But because there are a lot of pills and slimming products in the market today, many people don't people don't know where to begin.

This may seem obvious but the best thing you can do is start eating healthy foods. When you eat healthy, you watch the food that you eat. The real solution is not eating less, rather, it's eating the right kind of foods. Eating foods with less calories is helpful so replace your chips and fries with some fresh fruit like apples.

If you are unsure exactly what healthy food is you could do a search on the internet, there are hundreds of great sites out there with lots of healthily meals and cooking instructions. When you find healthy meals, try and replace your unhealthy ones. When you begin looking you'll find a lot of different meals that you can try.

As well as eating healthy meals taking regular exercise is also essential help lose weight. Your body can burn off calories when you exercise. To avoid damaging your body in any way, take things slowly at first if you haven't exercised for a while. If you want an exercise program or plan, it may be a good idea to start looking at video sites to find a free instructional workout video.

When exercising you can use special equipment such as weights and exercise balls but it doesn't have to cost a lot of money, although many people enjoy going to a club you can just as easily exercise at home using the things found in your house such as the stairs to do step ups on.

When it comes to exercising many people are just plain lazy and require some kind of motivation, if you have any friends or a partner see if they are interested in working out with you. It's a good idea to keep a journal or even use an online blog. Keeping a track of your progress can help boost your confidence as you see your weight dropping.

10 Tips to Help Lose Weight


Grazing between meals used to be on the weight-loss hit list. But nutritionists now know that it's better to satisfy a craving with healthy grub than ignore it and risk a junk-food binge later. The best picks are filling, protein-packed snacks, such as one stick of string cheese, a tablespoon of peanut butter on a piece of fruit, or a medium-size bowl of edamame.


Dining while viewing can make you take in 40 percent more calories than usual, reports a new study. And texting, driving, or any other distracting activity during a meal can also result in your eating too much. Instead, make each meal something you put on a plate and sit down to, even if you're eating solo.


If your regular weight increases several days in a row, it's a red flag letting you know you need to cut back a little or beef up your workouts slightly.


Doing 5 minutes each of push-ups, lunges, and squats (in 30-second intervals) will help build and maintain muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be, so you'll torch more calories as you go about your day.


Next time your mind gets stuck on a certain food, call a friend and redirect your brain by asking how her day's going. Research shows that cravings only last about 5 minutes, so by the time you hang up, the urge to devour junk will have subsided.


An a.m. meal made up mostly of carbs and protein with some fat keeps blood-sugar levels steady and hunger pangs away so you're not susceptible to pigging out come lunch, studies show. Opt for something satisfying for your stomach and taste buds — like egg whites and turkey bacon with whole-wheat toast.


One innocent-looking margarita or cosmopolitan can rack up hundreds of calories that do nothing to quench your appetite. Treat yourself just on the weekends and cut back somewhere else or stick to a glass of wine, light beer, or vodka and soda — three drinks that each have about 100 calories per serving.


Fruit has no fat and is mostly water, so it'll fill you up while leaving less room on your plate (and in your stomach) for high-cal fare. Don't freak about fruit's carb count — we're talking the good kind of carbohydrates that contain lots of healthy fiber.


Getting to bed just 30 minutes earlier and waking up 30 minutes later than you normally do can help you make better food choices, researchers report. Also, when you're well-rested, you're less prone to snacking out of fatigue or stress.


When you feel your willpower breaking, conjure up a mental picture of yourself when you looked and felt slim. The visual motivation keeps you focused on your goal weight and reminds you that it is attainable, since you've achieved it before.


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