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Drink Tap Water

Bottled water is so expensive. The tap water is safe to drink in almost all areas of the country. (Check the government reports on your local water tests). I keep a jug of tap water in the refrigerator so it's always cold and I use lots of ice. I always carry a refillable plastic bottle of ice w...

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Mocktail Anyone?

I used to always drink alcohol on "date night". Now I enjoy a "mocktail" made of Club Soda on the Rocks with a wedge of fresh lime. It has Zero Calories and no artificial sweeteners which always make me hungrier and thirstier. I feel like I'm enjoying a special drink - but so much healthier than ...

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"Thin and Healthy" Picture

I found a picture of myself in my early twenties when I was thin and healthy and put it on my bathroom mirror. Now every time I use the bathroom, I have my "goal or vision" in front of me. I'm getting closer and closer to that "body" every day with SP.

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Posting My Current Status

I've been posting a little poem or rhyme on my current status for each day that I stay a "Free Spirit" (by that I mean alcohol-free). I felt "Great on day number eight" and "Feeling Fine on day number nine". You get the idea. It's been motivating me to stay away from the beer and wine.

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Write something on SparkPeople every day

Write everyday : a blog, a personal journal, on your SparkTeam message board, or elsewhere. Writing down your feelings and goals and successes really helps to motivate yourself.

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Stove-top popcorn

Instead of microwave popcorn which often has a lot of fat, chemicals for butter-flavor, and is quite expensive, it's easy to pop corn on the stove. You don't need a special popcorn popper. Just a covered pot, two tablespoons of canola oil, and 1/4 cup of popcorn over medium-high heat. Remove from...

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Hard Boiled Eggs

I keep hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator at all times. They make a healthy high-protein snack for only about 100 calories. (But skip the mayo, of course)

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Take a Walk

Whenever I get irritated, upset, or stressed about something, instead of saying something I'll regret later,or reaching for something fattening to eat, or a "drink", I take a WALK. By the time I get back, I've calmed down and cleared my head and I'm ready to start over. It works every time - and ...

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Avoid "diet" beverages

I avoid artificial sweeteners, especially "diet" soda or other "diet" beverages. I find they just trigger a craving for sugar. They don't satisfy my thirst and I want to drink more and eat more. I try to stick to black coffee, plain tea, and water with a lemon or lime.

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