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Sneak in those veggies!

I add a half cup or a cup of frozen veggies to everything - soups, chili, stews, even spaghetti sauce! Doesn't add many calories and you up your servings of veggies without even noticing. Also fills you up faster.

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Portion control

I can't always control the cooking in my house. So when it's a one dish meal someone else made, I use a 1 cup measuring cup. I usually add a salad or vegetable for a side. For a to go option, use the snack size gladware (they hold about 9.5 oz) for a lunch portion. Easier to put in a lunch box too.

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make a list of positive changes

Whenever I start to lose hope, I write down all the great things I'm doing for myself. Sometimes we forget that it's not just about the destination (which in this case is getting fit and sexy), it's also about the journey.

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Keep Extra Walking Shoes in the Car

You'll always be ready to fit in a workout if the opportunity presents itself.

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Competitive shopping!

Went to a $1 Earth Day sale this morning at the local hipster / vintage store. Had to simultaneously root through bins of $1 clothing items and fight off the vultures trying to poach my awesome loot. Am now EXHAUSTED and thinking that's my cardio for the day...

Happy Earth Day!

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positve self talk



1. Focus on positive self-talk. Congratulate yourself every time you take a step towards your resolution goal. Be your own best cheerleader.

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Measure by gram weight whenever possible.

For solid foods, I try to measure by the gram, with an electronic scale, whenever possible. It is the most precise unit of measurement, and is especially important with calorie dense foods, like almonds.

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How to minimize Salad Dressing w/out losing the flavor!

I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!

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Cleaning the microwave!

I put about a cup of vinegar in a small bowl. Put it in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes. Afterward, the microwave beeps I take a rag and clean the microwave. The inside "crummy" stuff just comes off with a swipe of the rag!

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Control food intake

Always make a plate of food as usual. Eat half of each item and throw away the rest. By throwing away the rest you cannot be tempted to eat it later. Use small plates not large platters.

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