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Declutter and Help Others

Once a month I fill a plastic egg crate with items I don't need and donate it to the Salvation Army or another local thrift store. It's a good way to get rid of clothes that no longer fit (hopefully due to weight loss) and it helps those in need. Other items are also helpful - the towel with the bleach stain on it can help a shelter animal, the duplicate blanket or coat you got for Christmas can help a homeless person, etc.

If you keep track of it, you can even get a tax write off!

- Submitted by JULISKA09 1/5/2014 in Organization | 5 Comments
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Tired of regular races?

If you're a runner and have been racing (or if you've never raced), try some of the novelty runs they have now. Mud runs, color runs, and electric runs all give you a chance to run just for fun, but still have the community and celebration that racing provides.

- Submitted by JULISKA09 6/4/2013 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Herbal Tea

If you don't like the taste of water and you don't want to use too many of those Crystal Light-type packs with artificial sweeteners, try herbal tea! Most have no calories and no caffeine, so you can count them towards your water intake. Plus, there are dozens if not hundreds of flavors to choose from!

- Submitted by JULISKA09 5/21/2013 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Wishlist

If you have a favorite activity (running, walking, cycling, Zumba, yoga, etc.), then there will be stuff you can buy that make the activity more enjoyable. Set yourself up an Amazon or other wishlist of fitness gear, clothing, and books, and on the comments list a goal, such as losing 10 pounds for a new technical shirt. When you meet that goal, buy your item!

- Submitted by JULISKA09 5/19/2013 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Set a Goal and Reward with Reading

If you like to read, when you meet a fitness goal, get a subscription to your favorite fitness or sports magazine for extra motivation. You can find inexpensive subscriptions on discount sites online. Some to check out are Fitness, Health, Runner's World, etc. Just whatever you like to do!

- Submitted by JULISKA09 5/17/2013 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Hand Sanitizer

Buy some small little hand sanitizers to keep around the house. Scented is good if you're not sensitive. I find it helps me to remember to use them more. Also keep them in your purse or on your keys with a keychain that you can get with them. I even get the small ones to leave around the workplace for coworkers to take. The less time that you're sick, the more time you have to get healthy and exercise!

- Submitted by JULISKA09 1/7/2013 in Staying Healthy | 0 Comments
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