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Bring the spark back to your bod

Dieting, exercising, living a healthy lifestyle.  It’s all something that at one point or another we’ve all tried to incorporate in to our lives.  Those three have been my top New Years’ resolutions for about 10 years now.  Luckily, there are many on-line resources to help you achieve these goals.  My favorite is Sparkpeople.

Sparkpeople is an on line community and on line diet tool.  This isn’t a diet in the sense of starving or depriving yourself, but simply cutting portion sizes on the bad stuff, and incorporating a lot more of the good stuff in to your daily lives.  Sparkpeople provides you with an customized “diet” plan, a food log, and an exercise log.  This is on top of the articles and videos that provide you with a huge outlet of nutritional information and exercise tips.

Sparkpeople is also an on line community.  You can join groups based on your weight loss goals, location, age, hobby, pretty much anything.  It’s a very supportive environment and is great when you need a little extra boost.

If you’ve had trouble getting rid of some of the bad habits, while incorporating more of the good (like me!) than Sparkpeople is a great resource.

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September 3, 2008 at 7:42 pm 1 comment

I’ll Swap You

Swaps seem to be making a big come back!  There are now a slew of websites where you can swap online and if you check out local.com, you can possibly find a swap meet in your area. 

   The most popular items being swapped online are books, dvds, cds and video games.  My personal favorite site is Titletrader.  You list any items that you have available for swap.  Someone then requests the item and the website gives you a shipping label to print out.  You dohave to pay for shipping, however when you request an item it’s like getting that money back.  Once you ship the item, you confirm it on the website.  When the person receives the item, and leaves feedback, you are then given “swap points”.  You can then use these points to shop around the site.  Most books are 1 point, dvds 2-4, cds 1-2 and I haven’t looked at video games yet.

   Another popular swap idea is “Girlfriend” swaps.  How many times have you cleaned out your closet and thought “Ughh, this doesn’t fit anymore! or “Why the hell did I buy this?”.  Don’t just throw it away or give it to good-will, have your girlfriends go through their stuff and make a pile of the things they would like to get rid of.  Now invite all of your girlfriends over, pop open a bottle of wine and enhance your wardrobe.  Chances are you will come away with a few good items, and if there’s any left overs just donate them.

August 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment


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