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If you know you have 500 calories left for the day (using Tracker) and you go out, you have better control over selecting the 1 or 2 items that are high in calories rather than binging and thinking, "oh well, how can I know with restaurant food anyhow?" Eating and enjoying that fried catfish (high in protein) is much better calorie-wise and guilt-wise rather than some catfish, all of the fries, all of the potato salad.
I use my exercise ball to increase the intensity of hamstring stretches. First I get into a yoga position called "legs up the wall". (Back and head on floor, legs at 90 degrees up the wall.) Then I place the exercise ball between the wall and the backs of my ankles or calves. This raises my butt and if I slowly attempt to lower my butt to the floor, I have to stretch the hamstrings. I can't get to the floor yet, but it is providing a more intense stretch than simply pulling on the back of th
I eat lower carb to control Type 2 diabetes (successfully!).
When the minerals in the water begin to leave deposits around the faucets, soak and squeeze a rag out. Then wrap the rag around the area with deposits.
I love my stick blender and make quite a few easy soups just by saute'ing veggies in olive oil, adding canned chicken broth. The stick blender makes is so easy to turn all the veggies into a thick or thin broth.
Your family's favorite dishes -- enter them as a recipe and check which ingredients are highest. If you love something like sausage, then instead of two links, eat 1 and one-half link. You've reduced the calories by 25%. Substitute fattening cheeses with zero fat cheeses like Neufchatel cream cheese.
Keep a stack of old hand towels in your vehicle. Then when anyone is drinking or eating, make sure you have one handy. On the laps of little kids, it will keep crumbs in 1 place. If the coffee cup spills, it's simple to quickly absorb the liquid with the towel.
You can eliminate the cost of paper towels by using old cotton t-shirts for those messes. If you're a neat freak, you can cut them to a rectangular shape. You can wash the t-shirts in hot water and bleach to make them refreshed for use. Most will last for 25+ years even when washed weekly.