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No snooze!

If you're trying to make yourself get into an AM workout routine but are not a morning person, don't allow yourself "snooze button" time. Set your alarm for the time you need to get up to get your workout in - setting it 10 minutes earlier so you can catch a few extra zzzs can too easily turn into ...

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Sneak in your veggies

I'm not a veggie fan (I try, but we're not friends). But I do like salsa, bruschetta topping (tomatoes and basil), homemade marinara with carrots and celery, greens and tomatoes on a sandwich.... if you don't like veggies much, try to find other less obvious ways to sneak them into your diet each d...

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It's OK to rest!

We often have days when we don't feel like working out, but usually once we get going we get in a groove and are in for the long haul. However, if your body is sending a stronger-than-usual signal that it's just not up for a workout today, it's ok to listen once in a while and take a break for a da...

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Vision Collage To Go

The vision collage can be a great source of motivation, but what about when you're traveling or at work and away from your visual reminder of your goals? Add it to your phone! Create an album on your phone of motivational photos, or write yourself a "note" of motivational words and quotes that you...

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The Snowball Effect

Start with something - anything. For example, I felt I needed more water. After a day or two of 8 cups a day, I felt more energy for exercise. After a day or two of at least 10 minutes of exercise a day, I felt a desire to try to eat healthier and cleaner. Pick one thing that will be easy for yo...

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Just log in!

I try to start every day by visiting my Spark People homepage when take care of my morning computer things. If I log in and spin the wheel right away, I find I'm more likely to exercise and track my food throughout the day than if I wait until later.

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Can't resist holiday cookies?

If you make your own, make them smaller. Drop cookies, like chocolate chip, are very easy to make a little smaller (plus, you get more cookies out of a batch). That brings down the calorie count without losing any flavor.

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Short on time? Try circuit training

I don't mind strength training, but I mind the amount of time it takes, especially when I'm trying to still squeeze in cardio on the same day. My solution at the moment is circuit training. I use a DVD, there are classes, or you can put together your own using Spark videos. It's sort of like card...

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Visit the butcher shop

In the past few weeks, I've learned that the regular prices of meat at my local butcher shop are significantly better than the local supermarket, even on sale. Plus, the butcher shop meat is usually better quality. Depending what's on sale, I might end up getting something new to try which is an a...

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Think you're hungry? Have a drink!

The next time you get the munchies, drink a glass of water instead. If you wait a little while and still feel hungry, then grab something to eat, but the water might squash your craving with no calories.

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