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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 untilties since.

- Submitted by BICKEY11 8/23/2012 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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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 fruit/over indulgence fact of life. We want what we can't have, and once we break down and taste the forbidden fruit, we can't stop.

- Submitted by BICKEY11 4/25/2011 in Motivation | 7 Comments
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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--researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that chewing gum will burn an additional 11 calories per hour," says Dan Benardot, Ph.D., R.D., author of Nutrition for Serious Athletes.

- Submitted by BICKEY11 4/7/2011 in Everything Else | 3 Comments
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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 drop and give me 30 pushups (or whatever hurts, used to be 10, but i'm stronger now). I hate them, I really do, and the next day when my arms are aching, I skip the cookies

- Submitted by BICKEY11 4/4/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments
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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 to be accountable for that choice!

- Submitted by BICKEY11 4/1/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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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 its still way cheaper than bottled water!
I keep one at work and one ate home!

- Submitted by BICKEY11 3/30/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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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 can to get as many points as possible on any given day. And i refuse to cheat.

- Submitted by BICKEY11 3/29/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 10 Comments
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PRE-TRACKING

Knowing your calorie enemy before consuming is an easy trick.

- Submitted by BICKEY11 3/23/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Recycling to save your dollars

Reuse your ziplock bags until they can be used no more

- Submitted by BICKEY11 3/21/2011 in Organization | 3 Comments
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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 works out to brag about her accomplishments, I immediately feel lazy, and make time to do something that day.

- Submitted by BICKEY11 3/17/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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