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Inefficiency is the key to 10,000 steps

Stop carrying a bunch of bags in from the car after shopping......make 1 trip per bag.
Instead of making a pile at the bottom of the stairs to catch up on later, take it right then and make a series of little trips.
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Raw Mixed Veggies (my potato chips)

I bought a bunch of veggies I LIKE: cherry tomatoes, turnips, snap peas, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, etc. - Washed, dried, chopped into bit size pieces, and mixed together. I keep it in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Now THIS is my go to snack when I want to mindlessly munch. Most of these foods h...

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Healthy Grocery Shopping

Eat from mostly the perimeter of the store. Pay attention the next time you are at the grocery store. Most of your healthy foods are around the edges of the store......produce, dairy, seafood, meats. All the heavy carbs are in the aisles. (Candy, cookies, chips, dressings, gravy's, pastas, cracke...

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Chores + kitcken timer = sneaky way to get exercise

Sneak those pounds away - set your kitchen timer.....20 minutes, and hour....whatever time you have....and work like a whirlwind.....straightening, wiping, folding, vacuuming. The object is to not sit down and keep moving. When the timer goes off.....you have a cleaner place AND you did a mini wor...

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Chew, Chew, Chewing Gum

Chew a piece of sugarless gum right after a meal....particularly if you WANT more food. 10 minutes later, your mouth thinks it ate the food, your stomach caught up with the food you DID eat so you are full, and your teeth get a brisk cleaning.

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Maximize your Salad Dressing

After you put your salad together - pour it in a larger container that has a lid. Then measure out your serving of dressing, add, cover with lid, and SHAKE. Your dressing will be spread much more evenly and thoroughly.

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Suck The Gut!

Sucking in the stomach muscles as often as you can not only works those muscles...it makes our profile in the mirror slimmer

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Sweetened Watermelon

Craving something sweet but do NOT want to waste the calories? Sprinkle 1 packet of your favorite sweetener (Equal, Stevia, Splenda, Etc.,) over your serving of watermelon. Sweet goodness!

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Chug-A-Lug!

Hunger Pains? chug a half glass of water or so. Wait 10 minutes. If truely hungry, you will still be after 10 minutes. If dehydrated...voila! No more hunger pains!

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Canned Shrimp

Did you know shrimp comes in a can? It is near the canned tuna and chicken. Small little shrimp, and is great in a salad. Ups your protein for a very small amount of calories. And doesn't take up valuable freezer or refrigerator space.

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