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Pre-pack your dry snacks

Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!

You can also fit a serving of nuts into a plastic Easter egg!

However you do it, and whatever your dry snack, you will be prepared to grab one and go.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/26/2013 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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Greek Dressing

You can add creaminess to a salad by pureeing a cucumber and some Greek or plain yogurt together. Add a little olive oil for a healthy fat. If it is still a little thick add a splash of lowfat milk. Let this "rest" at least an hour. You may add herbs, as well, but with flavorful veg underneath you may not need any.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/24/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Looking Back at Polls You've Taken

Looking back at a poll you have already taken will let you know when you took it and how you responded. I've come across some I did a year or more ago and realized that my answer now would not be the same. In many cases it's a glimpse to baby step achievements. emoticon

Happy Sparking!

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/4/2013 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Know Your Trigger Points

Knowing what foods and/or situations can set you up for a binge is helpful. Make a list of those things and come up with a strategy that will enable you to head off the next attack. Having a great defense in place will make your journey easier and easier.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/7/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Penny a point; Quarter for each 30 minute workout!

After tallying up the day's spark points I get out my mason jar and put in the equivalent amount of change (penny per point) into it. Better than a piggy bank - I can watch it add up!

In another jar I put in a quarter for every 30 minutes of exercise workouts I do in a day.

The money is adding up. I'm saving the quarters for running shoes. I'm not sure what the other jar's savings will go to.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/7/2012 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Perfect Days

When I have a perfect day, i.e., all my nutrients are in range and the meals are simple, I print off the page and save it. It makes for easy meal planning during a busy week!

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/1/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Walking Challenge

When hubby leaves work for his 40 minute commute I leave the house for a brisk walk. I meet him somewhere up the road. Each day I try to go a little further than the last time. The bonus is, I can accurately track my milage using the car odometer.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/20/2012 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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Shake on the Chia Seeds!

Empty spice shaker with decent size holes? Fill it with chia seeds and set it out. A little shake here, a little shake here, and before you know it you get in the habit of adding some nutrition to your foods.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/18/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Schedule that Task You've Been Putting Off!

Schedule an appointment to do a task you've been putting off

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/5/2012 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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Medicine Bottles for Storing Change

Empty medicine bottles are great for storing change. A typical small bottle will hold $10 in quarters. Those are great to have on hand for parking meters, the laundrymat or for tolls on a trip.

When hubby empties his pockets at night I also have designated bottles for nickles and dimes.

- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/23/2011 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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