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Never Give Up

My brother was fighting high cholesterol and back problems so the doctor told him that to help improve his health, he needed to lose weight. They way he liked to eat and what he liked to eat I didn't think he would ever manage to lose a pound but did he ever surprise me. He told me he was changing...

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Getting in the right mindset before starting anything

I can tell myself that I am losing the battle and know that I am off track. I will go along vowing to make the necessary changes but until I work on how I really think about what is going wrong I will never be able to make the changes stick.
When I find myself going off the "rails", I first work...

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Secret to Remember

It is never really about how much we make but all about what we have saved. If you make a million dollars and spend it all you are worse off than the person who made twenty thousand and saved five hundred. So next time you think you MUST HAVE something, ask yourself if this is something that will ...

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Adversity

When it seems like everything in your life is going wrong, don't let that be an excuse to mindlessly eat. Try to do a little planning and have healthy snacks that you can grab instead of a candy bar.

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Sneaky Exercise

I like to bend and twist and lift and dig. It all works out the body while gardening It is amazing the workout one can get just working in the yard. I get a lot of bending and twisting when I weed. I get weight lifting carrying bags of potting soil, buckets of water, and moving things around. I...

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Savings

Start early to save. Don't wait till you are ready to retire, it is toooooo late then. You don't have to start big, but put something away every week and over time it will grow. When you get a raise, if you have been ok, put that extra money into the bank. If you get some unexpected money, put ...

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Trade or Barter

If there is something you are wanting and you have a chance try to trade something you no longer need for it or barter your services for someone else's service. When we owned an appliance store, we would trade a service call for something another owner might have that we wanted. It was a win-win f...

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Sore Throat Prevention

Whenever I feel a tingle in my throat, I get a small glass of warm water and add 1 T of apple cider vinegar and drink it down. Then I start drinking a cup of hot tea a couple times a day with 1 T of honey and 1 T of apple cider vinegar and have not had a problem with sore throat in several years si...

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Charge Card

I never put anything on my credit card that I can't pay off when the bill comes in. I like to use it for all my purchases as I get points that I save and I use the points to purchase gift cards for the kids and grandkids at Christmas. That saves me from having to come up with extra $$$$ to buy the...

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Friends are the Key

I find that if my friends are positive people, I am more inclined to be in a positive mode. Not to say that any of us can't have an off day, but I find that I choose my friends from among people who look on the bright side of life. Those who are always complaining or in a bad mood, I will be frien...

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