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Potatoes

Potatoes: Halved potatoes can remove rust from baking pans or tinware - dip the potato in salt before scrubbing or follow with a salt scrub.

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Whoosh (technical word for Spark friends motivating me)

Emailing and reading my spark friend's blogs. If, I have a day that I do not feel motivated I go on Spark read my friend's comments, blogs, etc. and whoosh! I am motivated.

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Copy Favorite Restaurant Meals

Take your favorite restaurant meals that are high in calories, fat, and everything else not healthy and make your own version that is healthier.

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try taking your grandchild(ren) to Busch Gardens - and keeping up with him/her/them! THAT has motivated me to really try and get rid of this "holding me down/back" weight once and for all! I just never thought I would be a fat/unhealthy/out of shape grandparent!!

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TODAY

TODAY IS BEAUTIFUL

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Mind over Manner

I am stronger than any craving. IT'S JUST FOOD! It is that simple. America puts so much emphasis on food, but in the wrong ways. Healthy does NOT have to taste bad or make you feel deprived. After all, it is just food. Why do we value it so much?! We should value our health and our lives.

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Fruits & Veggies - getting enough servings

Sometimes it's hard for me to make sure I'm getting enough fruit & vegetable servings each day. I found that beverages such as low-sodium V8 juice or V-8 Fusion are a good way to increase my intake. Watch the calories, though, and use this as a supplement rather than your sole "produce" option!

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Don't forget your vitamins!

I used to forget my daily vitamins & meds. Now I use a 7-day plastic vitamin box, and I put the box on my laptop. When I start work in the morning, it's the first thing I see. Not only does It remind me to take my vitamins & meds, but it also reminds me to start the day with a glass of water!

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CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL SINKS

CUT A LEMON IN HALF & RUB OVER ALL THE STAINLESS STEEL SINK. IT CLEANS THE STAINLESS FABULOUSLY BETTER THAN ANY ABRASIVE CLEANSER & SMELLS GOOD TOO. DROP IN DISPOSAL WHEN FINISHED FOR A NICE SMELLING DISPOSAL.

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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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