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Mental is #1

This journey is 95% mental and 5% exercise and nutrition. Figure out the reasons that you gained weight, work on dealing with emotions/stress, keep finding new ways to stay motivated, and take care of YOU!

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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Go With The Store Brand

Store brands are often very good, so give them a try! This is especially true of things like frozen fruits and veggies, staples like flour and milk, and cleaning products, where the taste or use doesn't vary much between brands anyway.

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 3 Comments

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Shop the perimeter of the store

Here you'll find healthier options: vegetables, fruits, meats, diary products, and bread. Eating less processed foods is healthier, saves calories, and has more nutritional value. Plus you'll avoid temptation by sticking to the outside.

- Submitted by ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments

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Why buy when you can borrow @ the library

When I hear of a new book, CD or DVD I look at the library first. Sometimes you have to put your name on the "holds" or reserve list, but I can always find something there to read while I am waiting. I preview things at the library first to see if I really would use it, before I buy.

- Submitted by PAHEALY 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Don't Buy More Car (Or other appliance) Than You Need

Know what your needs are when you are buying a major appliance or a car. Find out what features you need. Make sure you have them, and DON'T LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO ADDING ON NEAT FEATURES YOU WILL NOT USE. It isn't worth the extra money for useless (to you) features that sound cool in the store!

- Submitted by AUDREYHK 3/27/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Accountability

I am motivated in knowing I have to account for every bite of food that I put in my mouth. If I cheat, I am cheating nobody but myself. I know I have to login to SparkPeople everyday to keep myself honest. If I have to skip days due to no access to the computer I will catch up when I get back to my computer.

- Submitted by ZZSUNSHINE 3/27/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments

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Meeting your water intake quota

My tried and true trick to meet my water quota is to start my day with a glass of water and before long, nature calls, and I 'll have to "go". As soon as I'm done in the bathroom, I'll drink another glass, and the cycle continues. If you drink everytime you "pee", you'll have no problem.

- Submitted by SIGOURNEY2 3/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments

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Always have a meal ready

I always make sure there are made ahead meals in my freezer so when it has been along day, I am not tempted to fast food it and it saves money too.

- Submitted by ROX2013 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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pennies from heaven

growing up, i used to always look for pennys that were face up, because that was good luck, and leave tails up because of bad luck. now if i find ANY change, regardless heads or tails, i pick it up, and take it home and put it in my change collector. 1 day i found a total of $2.36 i had found 2

- Submitted by JAIRUS1 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments

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Reading Spark People Motivational Articles

I have 135 pounds to lose. Sometimes I wonder if I will make it. When I start to have doubts I love to read the stories of others who have lost as much or more than I have to lose. If they can do it I reason so can I.

- Submitted by SANDYBRUNO 3/26/2010 in Staying Positive | 2 Comments
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