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Counting my blessings before I go to sleep

Before I go to bed, I review my blessings and that way I fall asleep in a more positive mood and don't spend hours awake thinking when I should be enjoying restful, restorative sleep. A pack of blessing lie upon my head, I like to be grateful.

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Tell People

The more people you are willing to tell that you are trying to improve your health and trying to diet the better I do. Its just that simple, you can't do it alone. Working with a friend and checking up on each other is a great way to start. Don't get discouraged if you have a bad day. Just try harde...

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Dealing with Negativity

I choose to not respond when someone is complaining to me, egging me on to join them in their misery. I think it's an unconsious thing that people do, but the saying is true... misery loves company. I CHOOSE NOT TO BE NEGATIVE. Find the good in your day and hug it close!!

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Pay with Cash

Whenever I have to go shopping for anything--clothes, groceries, etc--I withdraw money from the bank and shop with cash. When you use cash, you see the amount you have going down, which you don't get with a credit or debit card. Plus, when you only have cash, you can't go over your limit!

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Cardio and Strength Training 50/50

Cardio is a great way to burn calories and fat, but it also burns muscle. Strength Training will build new muscle, which will also burn EXTRA calories (and replace the muscle you may have lost from all that Cardio.) Also, don't forget to eat a few more calories on your workout days. FUEL your body!

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KABOOM

USE KABOOM ON SINK OR STAINLESS STEEL ITEMS. WOW WHAT A SHINE.

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getting to the gym

I did two things that make getting to the gym easier- I picked a gym closer to my house and I shower when I get back- mentally it's much easier to go when it's close and you don't have to pack all your shower stuff!!

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Use Phone Apps!

I downloaded the sparkpeople nutrition tracker and healthy recipes app on my blackberry. This way I can consistently and easily update what I've eaten.

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Change UP Your Workout Routine!

When I hit a plateau in my weight loss journey,I remember seeking advice from a Sparker and she said to add more Cardio which DID work {going from 1-2x/wk. running to 3-4x/wk. running}. But I also realized just like I zigzaged with my food plan {not always Intentionally---and is listed as ANOTHER

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freezing fruit

We spend a lot of money at the grocery store, and as we all know, eating fresh fruits and vegetables is more expensive than buying junk. I hate wasting food, but when the fruit got overripe I would throw it away. Now I freeze it for use in bread or smoothies at a later date. Even fresh veggies fr...

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