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Work a second job for the discounts

Occasionally I need some extra cash and find that working at a place with employee discounts helps a lot.

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Roll, don't fold fitted sheets -- also visually easy to find

I roll my fitted sheets rather than try to fold them neatly into a rectangle. That way when I need a flat sheet, I can see which ones are fitted easily and not unfold something I don't want to use.

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Sit on your balance disc -- small subtle constant movement results

I bought an Altus balance disc and a co-worker mentioned her hyperactive son takes one to school to sit on. It keeps him in constant motion but confined to a seat.

That works for me! I sit on mine occasionally and I notice my abs and obliques making constant small adjustments to stay balanc...

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Keep measuring cup with nuts to control the portion

I like nuts as one of my daily snacks. I do not have the ability to stop once I start unless I pre-measure a quarter cup. So now I keep a small measuring cup with my nuts at work. Maybe I should post this in saving money too because the pound of nuts lasts much longer.

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Don't Dither Move On

If packing up a house, don't dither over items you're not sure if you want them packed or are unsure how to pack them. Keep moving and working on the sure things. You'll find while you're showering or doing other tasks, your mind will be working behind the scenes to help you decide.

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No Self-Control? Toss half before starting to eat

If I'm going to have a bad treat (think Hersey bar or ice cream from a stand), I find it easier to toss half of it BEFORE I start eating it rather than just eating half. I can't eat just half if it's in front of me. So for those few seconds when I still have a bit of self-respect and self-control,...

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Keep your car running for at least 200,000 miles

Do the maintenance in the owner's manual but only that maintenance -- many places like to tack on extras -- how many times have they wanted to vacuum your air conditioning system?

Fix problems as soon as they occur. Our cars have systems that can break if another system is broken.

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Map those errand routes for mileage

I kept bemoaning that I didn't actually run or walk ever until I realized those lunch-time errands might help. I used the Fitness Tracker and mapped my route from my building to the CVS and back. I was able to quickly see that going around 2 blocks would make 1 mile.

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Conference calls mean Coach Nicole sitting videos

There's lots of conference meetings where I'm not important for 10 minutes or a status is given I don't need to understand all the gory details. That's when Coach Nicole videos of sitting workouts is great. Just remember to make sure your video camera is pointed elsewhere!

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Same food; different presentation

The basic breakfast of eggs, bacon, and cheese can be presented so that it appears to be quite different meals.
Chop up your veggies and bacon and heat in skillet, pour over the scrambled eggs, put lid on top, put on low for 20 mins is a fritata. Add cheese at the end of cooking.
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