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Soda is My Friend

I quit keeping soda in the house. But rather than completely depriving my son, when he asks for it I make him walk with me to the store and we only by the 20 oz bottle instead of the big two liter. Now he has to think about it instead of just mindlessly grabbing one out of the fridge, we get in a l...

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Devote time to yourself!

There are 1440 minutes in a day. Start devoting 10 minutes a day to physical activity. When you find out where your downtime spots are in your day, add another 10 minutes. This can be an easy 1st step into getting into the habit.

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A weird but satisfying snack

When I am starving - but need to keep myself under control - I pop a small yam in the microwave. With some butter "spray" and pepper - it is filling, sweet, and energy building....

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Peanut butter-a-holic

I am a peanut butter lover could eat it all the time :) Well I recently found PB2 which is a pressed peanut butter. It basically removes all of the oil leaving you with a powdered peanut butter that you add to dishes or favorite drink!!! Way less calories and still get the peanut butter flavor :)...

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I'm not TRYING, I'm DOING!

We hear a lot about thinking positive and using assertive language in order to stay motivated, along with telling others and being proud, and it suddenly hit me one day: When I tell people about my weight loss, I always say "I'm trying to lose weight." But wait-a-minute! I'm not TRYING to lose weigh...

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EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE

I BELIEVE EVERYTHING NEEDS IT'S OWN PLACE! I TRY TO PUT STUFF WHERE IT BELONGS AFTER I USE. WHEN I NEED IT I CAN FIND IT. NOT THAT I'M PERFECT BUT, I TRY. WHEN I'M COOKING I GET EVERYTHING OUT & PUT IT AWAY AS I USE IT. WHEN COOKING ESPECIALLY LG. MEALS I WASH DISHES AS I GO. MUCH EASIER WHEN ...

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Begin organizing on the left side of the room...

I learned this secret from a professional organizer (PO) who specializes in helping hoarders declutter. She had a client who would not let go of a ratty old sweater lying on the right side of the room. After several failed attempts PO tossed the sweater to the otherside of the room and they took a...

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It's up to you (and ONLY you!)

There really are just two choices: EXCUSES or PROGRESS.

This can be applied to many aspects of life, decision -making, tasks you need to tackle.....

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Cleaning kitchen

I always make a sink of dish water, so when i am cooking i can wash dishes through the process to prevent cleaning all the dishes at the end of cooking. My kitchen is clean and my meal is ready.

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Yes, you can!

Instead of giving up the moment something begins to feel difficult, tell yourself "Yes, you can do this!" Chances are, you will!

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