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Bored with your walking routine?

Making even the smallest of changes can help. When you begin, instead of turning left, go right. Walk to the zoo and check out the animals. Use music? Leave it at home and hear nature's tunes. Stop at a shop and have a cup of tea. Just look around and let your imagination open up the possibilities.

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Reading: understanding your issues

Understanding the reason for my overeating is very important to me. Reading books on this subject also helps me feel that I'm not alone in what I am going through. I've read articles and things on overeating, read books on emotional eating, etc. Books at the library are free. Read On!

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Smile Streak

I've read that the physical act of smiling actually makes you feel better. And it does (try it now). But when you need a lift the most, it's hard to remember. I now have a smile streak. Tie it to a daily task like taking vitamins. Then smile!

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Dry Milk

I use dry milk in all my recipes that require milk. Since it's in with other foods, there's no discernable taste difference. It costs less than "real" milk (it actually IS real milk). It never goes bad, so I save money by never having to throw it out. It's fat free, so I save calories.

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Task-Specific Clothing

Having fun, good quality gear for specific tasks really motivates me. This healthy new lifestyle involves a lot of activities that are either new or renewed and having the right clothes really helps.

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Find healthy swaps

If you like..
* ice cream, find a healthier version (I like Dreyer's double churned no sugar added)
* fried chicken, find a baked version that you like
* high salt & fat snacks, try salted dry roasted edamame

There are always better options!

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ASK to see the MENU Calorie Counter WHEN EATING OUT!!!

I am SERIOUS about my goal of LOSING WEIGHT and BEING HEALTHY!!! And one of the HARDEST times I have is WHEN EATING OUT! The restaurants--whether it is a LAW or not,really DON'T WANT you to SEE the AMT. of calories you're consuming,as they figure you'll eat less and SPEND LESS MONEY and less time..

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Cleaning microfiber furniture

To get stains out of microfiber furniture, rub a small amount of Germ-Ex hand sanitizer on the stain and wipe until stain disappears. Takes out crayon, pen, even permanent marker without leaving any residue or pilling!!

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Fruit

When I started SP back in 2007, I hardly ever ate any fruit. That has changed, and now fruit is in our kitchen all the time. The one recent change I made to my fruit intake, at the suggestion of my nutritionist, is to have one serving of fruit at every meal.

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Meal plan using cook books with lots of pictures

I think cook books without photos of all dishes are a waste of paper. I will not attempt to cook a new dish based on an inanimate list of ingredients. Pictures bring the anticipated flavors and visual feast to life and I get inspired to cook, even using ingredients I don't know how to pronounce.

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