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Put on Workout Clothes as soon as I get home

If I know I need to work out after work, instead of getting right into my pajamas, I put on my workout clothes as soon as I get home. I make dinner, clean the house, whatever needs doing in my workout clothes. Then I'm less likley to just plop down on the couch after chores are done.

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Places Everybody

I have specific places for things that I use (Office supplies, cleaning supplies.) That way I save time looking for things.

If I find that things are getting "borrowed" and taken to other rooms, I purchase a similar item (in a coordinating color) to go in the other room.

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Cook in large batches but eat in small ones

I started this when I was racing around trying to find healthy things to take for lunch at work. I cook large batches on the weekend, and then put them into serving-sized containers in the fridge. Ready to grab and go, no thinking required.

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Outside Yard Tools

I noticed my neighbor, who both of us have small backyards, had no storage for her yard tools, ex rakes, etc. I saw her take a garbage bag and cover the bottom of the tool where it might rust and tie it off at the top. Convenient if you want to keep them nice but can't have them in the house.

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Hungry Girl 1,2,3 Cookbook

This is the best cookbook! It is loaded with simple delicious recipes that are easy as 1,2,3. I use it at least 1X a day!

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Play to Your Strengths

No matter what you weigh choose your favorite body part and play it up. Do you have pretty hands or feet? Get a pedicure or manicure! A beautiful smile? Emphasize it with some fun lip gloss. Nice calves? Wear some fun heels! Feeling beautiful daily will help you stay positive and motivated.

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Portion and Planning

I plan my entire days meals, including snacks, by putting breakfast, lunch, an snack in a bag. I do this in the morning and then set out whatever we are having for dinner. By the time I leave for work I know what my entire days meals will consist of. This has really helped me stay on track.

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DO NOT OVERCOOK YOUR MEALS

I STEAM MY VEGGIES AND MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A SLIGHT CRUNCH TO THEM.
I BAKE FISH, NO MORE FRYING.
I DON'T OVERCOOK MY MEALS AS I ONCE DID!

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measure yourself

I have been setting my goals on weight loss not size, i have still only lost 20 lbs (I shouldnt say only cuz I am happy with it.) but have lost 11.5 inches overall

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