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Inspiration

I just put up some cork board on the wall in fort of my treadmill and I pinned up pictures that inspire me to work out harder.

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Write a monthly progress report as a blog post

I have started writing a monthly progress report. Every first Sunday of the month I measure in and write a blog entry describing my pounds and inches lost, but also my exercise progress, what's new in my program, etc. I find this to be a great motivational and consistency tool!

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Satisfy Cravings

When you have a craving, figure out the least caloric, smallest portion to satisfy it. Chocolate: Will a sugar free hot chocolate satisfy? a chocolate pudding cup? a Weight Watcher 1 point bar? or 1 Dove promise? Lasagna: SparkRecipe? Smart One lasagna? 1/4 restaurant portion with large salad?

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Introducing New Veggies

If you are like me, there are a bunch of veggies out there that I have yet to try and am afraid to because of waste and cost. So do what I do and mix them with other veggies you love, like parsnips with carrots, broccoli with cauliflower, etc.

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Painting trim

What is the dirtiest cleaning job of any wall or floor? The trim! When painting a room, paint the trim in an oil based paint. It makes clean up easier and doesn't mark like water based paints.

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Reward yourself FIRST!

I find that, for me, the carrot works better than the stick. I've been reaping the rewards before I sow ...

For example, this week, I bought myself some flowers on Monday - took them to work, kept them on my desk. The intense aroma and sheer beauty of the roses helped me say no to cravings!

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Live like a peasant

Yeah, it doesn't sound that appealing. But really, if you ever want to figure out something quick, cheap, and healthy to cook, look to the peasants of the world. Whether it's a hearty french vegetable stew, or a lentil curry from the far east, or even just some rice with stir-fried vegetables...

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Meditation & Yoga

When I wake I do 20 mins of simple stretches in bed then I meditate for 20 mins, meditation is very motivating for me.

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Duvet Covers

When you're ironing duvet covers after washing make sure you fold them inside out: that makes it much easier to put them on the duvet next time.

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How I stay positive?

I stay positive by starting every day saying: ' This is going to be a good day ' and being thankful for all the good things that happen to me.

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