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Declutter and Help Others

Once a month I fill a plastic egg crate with items I don't need and donate it to the Salvation Army or another local thrift store. It's a good way to get rid of clothes that no longer fit (hopefully due to weight loss) and it helps those in need. Other items are also helpful - the towel with the b...

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For the Week: Sunday Snack Prep

Prep my snacks in portion sizes for the week. Freeze the first two as 'back up' snacks for when you are busy, craving, or starved.

1. Freeze portioned snack bags of dried fruit and nuts.

2. Portion frozen edamame and season with Mrs. Dash, garlic powder, freeze.

3. Bag up p...

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Pet Back Pack

We keep a backpack in the car filled with dog supplies. When we take our dogs hiking or on trips, or even on errands, everything they may need is in one place ready to go.

The back pack includes: Bottle of water, bowls for food and water, leashes, can opener and canned food (one dog only ha...

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help with grocery planning

I tape the grocery store receipt to the outside of the refrigerator and highlight all the perishable items. that way I have a list of all the items I bought and also reminds me to use up the perishable items within the week,

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Making measuring foods accurately makes food prep much faster.

I keep measuring tools, cups and spoons in many containers. Many foods are used in specific amounts often So I have 1/4 cup measure in my oat bran. 2 tablespoon in m flax seed. I tablespoon in my grape nuts. I bought inexpensive cups and spoons and instead of cluttering the drawers I open the lid us...

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Get ready for the next day before going to bed.

Each night before I go to bed, I fill my water bottle for the next day and stick it in the fridge. I also fill up sippy cups for my kids so they're ready in the AM, and pull out what we're having for breakfast (I'll put the Cheerios box on the counter, the PB jar, and my pkg of English muffins). B...

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Tracking Ahead

This is what keeps me from getting off track. If I wait until it's time to eat to see what I can or can't eat, I get stressed and have a very high potential of screwing up.

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I use the 'Do More" living system

From book, 'Out of the Crayon Box' (living vibrant, organized lives). They have a website. Their philosophy is "Do more living, not more work!". They simplify everything into 6 steps (Declutter first; then Organize, Maintain, Observe, Refrain and Enjoy!). Biggest steps Declutter & Organize, are ea...

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I am an Electronic Horder on Pinterest

I love clipping healthy recipes when I'm dieting but not good about organizing them so that I can use them. Pinterest is a great way to keep them where I can get at them easily.

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Weight Loss Binder

I am creating a weight loss binder to keep my success in one convenient place. Every week I print off the weekly reports that are important to me and add them to the correct tab in my binder. I'm a visual person and it's very easy for me to compare one week to the next to see my successes and strugg...

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