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Spike it with Spinach

Get more green into your diet...

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Mix it Up

Mix variety into your diet/menu to keep from getting bored. I used to think "ok, time to eat nothing but chicken, salads, and broccoli". After a couple weeks, I'd be bored with it and "splurging" constantly. Now I search out new recipes on this site and others and its working - no boredom so far!

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Focusing

Focus on what you can do, not on what you cannot do.

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brush teeth before giving in to cravings!

before giving into a craving brush your teeth- after you brush your teeth food tastes gross so you will no longer want to eat whatever it is you are craving- by the time the taste of the toothpaste goes away, the craving will have passed

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Buy a Heart Rate Monitor

It will be the best money you spend, because you will EXACTLY know how many calories you burn when exercising. You'll find that most machines OVER-estimate how many calories you're burning, and maybe that's why you're losing slower than you would think!

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Exercise First

Exercise first, housework second!!

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Pantry organization

I have my pantry and spices organized by alphabetical order. Anyone can go in and grab what they are looking for.
When you shop make sure to rotate your foods. Old on top and new items on the back or bottom.

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keeping accountable

I have regular check-ins wit.h my retired mom on skype. We help each other stay motivated with our own goals and it helps to keep us accountable.

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Plan ahead!

If you are headed on a trip (graduation, family reunion, etc) be sure to plan ahead. Visit one of the mapping services on the internet and look at your route along the way for places to eat that will help you stick to your lifestyle. In addition you can check for rest stops that will let you walk!

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Make Opportunities

Never lose an opportunity to get in that exercise. Waiting for the school bus: March in place. Waiting in the check out line: Do calf raises, pelvic tilts, march in place. Sitting in the car: do knee lifts or arm exercises. There's always TIME, you just have to use it. Park further away, take the st...

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