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A Lesson from Cookie Monster

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Find delight, seek charm in the world around you. It's often in the places that don't come to mind first thing.
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Get cheerful if you're resisting exercise

If exercise has yet to become second nature or something to look forward to, do or watch or think about things that make you laugh. Getting started on the workout will be the perfect follow-up.

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Fill in the Nutrition Tracker in the A.M.

When you've been off-track with food choices, whether for a day or several months, start the day by planning all meals and snacks. This will allow less room for "forgot I ate," "confusion," "accidents" or other excuses. You'll have a solid foundation for the day. You might even pre-log a couple of...

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Dannon Yogurt's new, unethical packaging

Dannon's plastic containers not only are not biodegradable, but now the company has added insult to injury. The new, rectangular shape for 6-ounce Light & Fit, used for some flavors in individual servings and the 4-packs, can't be stacked as can the round cups. This assures that the containers wil...

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REALLY REALLY Track Your Food to Get Back on Track

On the last day of November, 2010, I entered a secret in this category about the importance of tracking when you're off track. I've learned even more how true it is. I've spent several weeks of maniacal eating, each day telling myself that I'd get it together the next. Finally, this a.m., I hit t...

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Silly little SparkPoints

I'm really not Point-happy, but something about a comment on my Feb. 1st blog prompted me to reply with thanks on the writer's latest blog instead of leaving a comment on the open section of her page. One point, ka-ching! Why not do that on a regular basis? Someday my mountain of points may get m...

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Texting for Help instead of Eating

If stress or any other negative influence is hovering and you want to run to the kitchen, text or call your main support person not on the same premises at 30-minute -- or 15, if necessary -- intervals to say you want to overeat and that you'll wait half an hour. If you feel the urge at the end of ...

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Food-tracking is, among other things, a reminder and discipline

On days when I want to break from my healthful, weight-loss manner of eating and feel shaky enough that I will tumble, I quickly jot down the first couple of things that go into my mouth in the morning--usually part of my plan regardless of the cake or grease I'm thinking of for later. Just having ...

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Support yourself by supporting others

By responding to posts on the main message boards and in your teams, you'll get back in two ways -- By subsequent input directed to you and, perhaps, seeing something about yourself reflected back to you. Third and fourth benefit? The pleasure of reaching to someone who may need help and fun and c...

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Longer life for Trader Joe's greens

I buy Sorrento and Spring salads and baby spinach, all in cellophane. I'd place a paper towel in an opened bag to absorb moisture and fold the opened end, but the greens began to rot soon. A few nights ago, I opened a Spring mix and tossed it back in the refrigerator with no towel and without foldi...

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