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Don't Forget to Remember Your Goals

As I become that person I want to be, I sometimes forget the goals I have made. One way I found to remember is to wear a ring shaped like a knot. Wearing a ring all day is a lot easier than wearing a string around my finger, but you might choose a certain watch or bracelet or even a rubber band or a...

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Set Monthly Goals.

Write down a list of goals for the month. Target some habit you want to control, and little by little work up to your goal. For example, one month I had a goal of morning workouts. The first week my goal was simply to wake up a half hour early three times a week and take a ten minute walk around the...

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Olive Garden Seafood Brodetto

OMG! I ate at Olive Garden because I was given a gift certificate. I didn't expect much, but was so happy with my selection, I just had to tell. The seafood brodetto has a slightly thickened tomato broth and lots of (smallish) shrimp and scallops. There is also tilapia in the dish. It comes with a l...

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Have a handful of cooties at the office.

Need a little help passing up on the candy jar or left over deli sandwiches from the big bosses meeting? Think of the candy jar as a 'cootie' jar. Think of what the other people in your office had on their hands when they reached for a snack. Did they wash their hands after wiping their nose or goin...

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Tear Free Onion Chopping

Can you believe swimming helped my cooking? One day I realized swim goggles do well keeping chlorinated water from my eyes, so they could do the same with onion fumes. Indeed, they do! Your nose will still feel some pain, but I no longer dread seeing 'chopped onions' on the ingredients list of a rec...

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Chew out your stress and focus.

Chewing gum instead of reaching for a food hug, helps me stay on track with my nutrition goals. When I have to work late or do un-fun chores at home like taxes, I have to force my self to sit and focus instead of snacking. I am always looking for some food to soften the boredom. I'm not hungry, jus...

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Appetite Surpresant

Many have noted Netflix workout videos. But, Netflix can also be used to curb your desire to eat! I could not eat when I watched Bizarre Foods: Collection 5, Episode 1 in Thailand. If you feel like snacking (but aren't really hungry) tune up the show to where they are dipping the raw meat into the h...

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Make mine, child size.

When at a fast food restaurant, choose the kids meal. The burger and fries and soda is much smaller. It's usually enough to fill up on; and it has (usually) all the flavor you want from this type of meal with much less calories. When you just have to have your burger and fries but can't spare the ca...

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Love Soda?

If you are having difficulty getting over regular soda and want to switch to diet soda but can't stomach the flavor try filling most of your glass with diet and topping it off with the real stuff. It gives it the flavor of regular but for a fraction of the calories.

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Pay yourself to workout.

At the beginning of the week, I put $10 in a glass vase in my bathroom counter. I keep it if I exercise 5 times a week; each session must last at least 45 minutes and make me break a sweat. If I don't make my goal, I lose money: I only get to keep $1 for each workout during the week.

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