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Say yes to the toothbrush... and no to dessert!!

I'm sure you've heard this one before, but there's a reason why...because IT REALLY WORKS!
As soon as you're done eating your healthy dinner, go brush your teeth immediately. You'll be much less tempted to dig into impulse desserts if your teeth are squeaky-clean.

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Stretch Every Morning For 2 Minutes

Instant energy boost...no caffeine needed.

Don't you hate waking up stiff? Take 2 minutes when you get out of bed to do a few basic stretches. Reach up to the sky and down to the ground. Twist from side to side. You'll loosen your muscles and get the blood flowing through your sleepy body!

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Avocados Are A Great Snack!

Avocados are delicious, healthy, portable, and quick to prepare. Pack one with crackers or bread for a yummy lunch! Slice into your salad or on top of scrambled eggs. Did I mention they're delicious?

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Join a SparkPeople Team!

When you join a team, you join a whole community of people that can help keep you on track when you feel like you're falling behind. Teams also set fun goals and challenges to keep you exercising and eating healthy foods!

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Grow Fresh Herbs on Your Kitchen Windowsill

For the same price as a bunch of cut fresh herbs at the supermarket, you can buy a small potted herb plant at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Keep it on your kitchen windowsill and use when you're cooking. Fresh herbs add so much flavor that you won't even miss the salt and fat you cut out of the recipe!

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Use SparkPeople points as a reward for working out!

After you exercise, always log it into the fitness tracker on SparkPeople. Pretty soon you'll look forward to logging your exercise minutes, and it'll be a reward every time you do your workout. You may even find yourself working out for longer, just so that you can log more minutes!

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There's Nothing Like Clean, Fresh Workout Clothes!

After you work out, wash your sports bra in the bathroom sink and drape it over a towel to dry. The next day, you'll see it hanging there all fresh and clean, and you'll be motivated to put it on and work out again!

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The 5-Second Single-Serving Post-Workout Snack...and it saves you money, too!

Wouldn't it be great to have a cheap, healthy post-workout snack right in your gym bag? Just buy mini-ziplocs and fill them with nuts and dried fruit from the bulk aisle to create single-serving trail mix! You get protein, fiber, AND it's a pre-measured portion. Great for the office desk drawer too!

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How to actually get up early and exercise!

Before you go to bed, set out your workout clothes and sneakers in a place where you can't miss them in the morning. Having your gear all ready to go makes it easier to get dressed in a jiffy, and be out the door on your jog before you can think of excuses to skip the workout!

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Track Your Water Right On The Cup!

If you're having trouble keeping track of how many glasses of water you've had (or can't get motivated to drink enough), use a paper cup and draw 8 boxes right on the side. You'll get to check off a box every time you empty the cup, and you'll see exactly how many cups are left to drink that day.

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