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Alternate Calories

Lately I have been alternating my calorie intake a bit. During the week I stay between my 1200-1550, but on the weekends, I allow myself between 1800-1900 calories, which is the appropriate maintenance calories for my goal weight. Makes me feel I can have a little extra, but still stay on track.

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Give it 10 minutes

When I do not feel very motivated or in the mood to exercise I tell myself to just go out for 10 minutes. If I still don't want to do it after 10 minutes, I can go home with no guilt. Usually, the 10 minutes gets me motivated and I end up doing the full schedule of exercise!

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It's a Process, not an Ending

I have only lost 4# on Spark People but HAVE lost inches. The other day I discovered a shirt that I couldn't fit into (around my hips) fits now. Someone who hadn't seen me for awhile said I was thinner. Don't judge success by the numbers on the scale but how you feel, how your clothes fit, et

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If Stress is a killer, Prayer is a savior

Stress can drive me so batty that I make bad decisions that compound the stress instead of relieving it. Traditional stress relief methods don't always work, but just a five minute prayer can lift the mountain of stress off my shoulders quickly.

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Smelly disposal

Throw a handful of ice cubes into your disposal and turn it on. The disposal will break up the ice and the hard pieces of ice help clean out the disposal.

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Dannon Vanilla Yogurt...

I must say I enjoy Dannon Vanilla Yogurt...a lot of times I will substitute it in recipes where it calls for sour cream...I highly recommend it!

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Walk to water--increasi
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step count

I only fill up my water bottle 8 oz at a time. When it's time to refill, I go to the water tap that's farthest from my desk at work. It's an easy way to add to your total step count for the day!

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Be active five minutes after eating.

Be intentionally active after eating -- move quickly as you clean up after the meal, go outside for a brief walk, whatever you do, don't sit. 5 - 10 minutes after every meal really helps burn those calories.

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Healthier hummus

I make my own hummus, using plain fat free yogurt instead of olive oil. I also soak and cook dried garbanzos which cuts down on the sodium, Add some spices and LOTS of garlic, and you've got a healthy dip for fresh veggies.

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Creating a Custom Goal ti Tracking W8 Watchers Points

Would you like to track points. On your Start Page, using the Quick Track Option, you can create a custom goal.

Select ADD custom goal
Create Goal Text (i.e., 22 W8W points)
Select Goal Type ("Tick Up/Down")
Enter Target # of points (i.e., 22)
How Often, select 1x per Day

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