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Thank your body every day
I thank my legs for being strong; I thank my hands for working fine; I thank my neck for holding up my head- in other words - focus on what your body does for you- not what it can't do or what it looks like on the outside. :)
Fiber One Multigrain Bread
Only 100 calories per 2 slice serving (recently reduced from 120)- 2 grams fat, 140gr. sodium, 7 gr fiber, 6 gr protein and DELICIOUS!!!
splurge on a down comforter~ save $$$
We were able to lower our thermostat to 60 at night since we splurged on a real down comforter-..Btw - we also saved $ by buying a twin size for our queen bed and using it sideways- it's PERFECT!
free trials at gym
When I was gym shopping one gym offered me a free week to try it out- one offered two and one offered a free MONTH! Take advantage of these opportunities. Also- always negotiate a deal. I got 4 free months at my new gym.
use those food groupings!
You will save so much time by grouping the foods you normally eat together in the food groupings section of your nutrition tracker. Then, one click=many foods!
2-3 F&V w/every meal
I eat AT LEAST 2-3 fruits or vegetables with every single meal!
breakfast= 1/2 banana + 3-4 prunes
lunch= peaches (w/my cott cheese) + V8 OR big salad
dinner= at least 2 cooked vegetables
PLUS snack= cold baked sweet potato or apple
I ALWAYS get my 8-10 F&V every day!
call customer service
At least once a year I call a customer rep and tell them I can't pay so much every month. They pull up my acct and we renegotiate- sometimes eliminating things I don't really need- sometimes just bringing down the rates. This has worked for my cell phone, my landline, my cable and my car insurance, even bundled services! Be polite, be firm and TRY IT!
If your scale is NOT your friend....
...shove it WAY under the bed and leave it there for a while.
I weigh monthly now so I don't obsess over what is only a number, after all. There are many many ways to measure success.
I hard boil a dozen eggs at a time and eat the whites only for breakfast or a snack. They are only 17 calories each and 5 grams of protein!
This channel has so many different exercise options- I dvr a variety of shows to keep things fresh. I also stretch or exercise through the commercials to get more workout time. There is something there for everyone- yoga, ST, cardio, dancing...