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Electricity Witch.

Hopefully I don't offend anyone when I say I've become the Electricity Witch. I bought a electric usage meter you plug into the wall sockets to measure all the things we keep plugged in. We no longer keep the DVRS, TVS, Chargers, or ANYTHING plugged in, unless its in use. I've seen a large drop in u...

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Never Deprive Yourself of Anything

I've seen too many secrets of success telling you to cut things out "no sweet drinks" "nix the butter" "never eat anything fried"
These are all what I call NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENTS.
Why would I WANT to diet if it means I have to compeltely QUIT something I love?
Its the basic forbidden frui...

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You do not NEED to count calories in chewing gum.

This tidbit may be minimal, however, so long as you chew gum (mostly the SF 5 calorie stuff) for 30 minutes, its not necessary to track it.

Believe it or not, you can actually burn some extra calories by chewing gum. "Besides being good for your breath--especially if you eat a lot of protein-...

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Nothing wrong with a small punishments when you've deviated from the plan.

I know were all about rewarding ourselves for the good, but we know a good stern talking to, grouding or punishment has taught us a lesson or 2 in the past. When i get to my nutrition feedback at the end of the day, and I have no calorie deficit because i ate 4 cookies instead of 1, I make myself d...

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Spark People EVERYWHERE

I keep Spark People open on my computer at work all day long, I have the app running on my phone all day long, and I keep it on my laptop all night long. This way, its always there reminding me that if I'm going to pop that handful of pringles in my face, its gotta go in the tracker, and I will have...

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Buy a Bobble

If you have trouble drinking your 8 glasses of water, because water from the tap isn't good and you're tired of paying for bottled water, buy a bobble. A bobble is a filtered water bottle. You can fill it anywhere and the water tastes great. The filters only have to be replaced every 2 months, and i...

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Become Obsessed with Earning Points

For some reason, I have some obsession with winning. I used to be addicted to Yahoo!Answers, and I was obsessed with getting points and graduating to a higher level. Well my work has blocked y/a!, so now I've become obsessed with spark points. I go through the spark points page, and do everything I ...

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PRE-TRACKING

Knowing your calorie enemy before consuming is an easy trick.

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Recycling to save your dollars

Reuse your ziplock bags until they can be used no more

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Make Friends With The Annoying Workout Nazi

I have a fitness center at work, there are several ladies that workout everyday. I've made friends with them, and although they can't make me go all the time, they drag me to a heck of a lot more classes then I'd do on my own. I also have a friend who works out regularly, she calls me everytime she ...

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