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Applesauce makes a great dessert!

I have a serious sweet tooth. I especially want something sweet after a meal. I keep a jar of unsweetened applesauce in the fridge and I like to enjoy a half-cup serving after a meal, warm or cold, by itself or with some chopped strawberries, some craisins, or a dollop of plain yogurt. Yum!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 4/8/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Progress, not perfection

Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward. As long as you keep moving forward, you're winning. No one is perfect -- forgive yourself, learn from your experience, and soldier onward.
Progress, not perfection!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 4/8/2010 in Staying Positive | 10 Comments
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Push the reset button

Bad day? Blow your calories? No problem. You can push the reset button anytime. If I've gone off track, whether it's for a month or a meal, I literally stop, take a moment to breathe deeply, and imagine myself pushing a giant RESET button. The image lets me release what I've done and move forward.

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 4/2/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 25 Comments
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Save time with homemade frozen meals

Whenever chicken breasts are on sale at my local grocery store, I buy a bunch of them. It doesn't take long to grill them all at once, steam some broccoli or other veggies, and make some brown rice in the rice cooker. I divide them up into Tupperware and voila -- pre-made healthy frozen lunches!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 4/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Commit in Advance

I find that if I decide the night before how and when I'm going to get my exercise the following day, I'm much more likely to do it. Every evening I decide whether I'll go to a class at the gym or go for a long walk or if it will be a day off. That way, it's already in my head when I wake up!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/29/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Don't use expensive ingredients to use up cheaper ones!

I often used to buy something at the grocery store because it was on sale, planning to using it in a specific dish that I thought would be cheap. But add a bunch of other pricey ingredients, and it doesn't work out that way! Now I buy items that are on sale and that go together!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Podcasts for Everything!

While you're on the elliptical or walking the dog or even making dinner, check out a new podcast! There are literally thousands of them and you're sure to find one on a topic that interests you. There are some great health and fitness podcasts out there: my favourite is Fat2Fit Radio!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Put Your Shoes On

If I find I really don't want to go to the gym, I'll just say, "Fine, I won't go. But I'll put my gym shoes on." Once I have my gym shoes on, somehow I'm out the door. If you can't bring yourself to start working out, just try to take one small step in that direction. The first step is the hardest!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Motivation | 7 Comments
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Add Some Randomness to Your Workout

Go random! Most treadmills, ellipticals, and other exercise machines have different programs, like Hills, Fat Burn, etc. Intervals are a fantastic way to torch calories and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Try the Random program to keep your muscles guessing!

- Submitted by STRAY_CAT 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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