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credit cards

If you use a credit card, don't spend more than you can pay off at the end of the month. I have saved hundreds of dollars by not having to pay finance charges on any credit cards.

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The Gift to yourself

The one best thing about exercising is that it keeps giving back heathy benefits. Even after you're done exercising, you can still burn calories when you replace that fat with healthy lean muscle.

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Becoming yourself

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. - Anna Quindlen

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When You aren't Perfect with Your Daily Goals

No matter what your final results are everyday in your overall goals tracking, keep doing it! I almost stopped myself about 10 days ago because I didn't keep up with my aily goals tracking over Memorial Day weekend. I am so glad I did some positive affirmations instead, then did it anyway!

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selfish

I have come to call my working out my "selfish" time. It is the time I set aside for just me, to focus on me, to better me. While it benefits my whole family, I truly am doing this for me. This outlook helps me focus and remember what is important.

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Whole foods

Eating whole foods to get the optimal vitamins and minerals is important. Supplements are just that...in addition to.
Get the most out of your fruits & veggies.
My secret: Vita-Mix!

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Popcorn saved the day

Sometimes only something crunchy will do. I have been making oil-popped corn in a new machine my husband bought me. I use either a little canola oil or olive oil so it is good fat, then add some sprinkle on popcorn topping. Without butter you still get plenty of flavor and at 55 calories per cup .

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Planning beyond your starting point

It is always good to plan, make a plan that will help to see you through...but if you don't know what it should look like. Take out a notebook just for this purpose, write down everything that comes to mind about losing weight, eating healthy, exercising in three different columns.

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Fat-Free Whipped Topping and other low-calorie snacks

I keep fat-free whipped topping, sugar-free pudding, No Pudge brownies and other low calorie treats on hand. I eat these as a part of my regular diet, so I never feel deprived when I'm trying to watch what I eat. (My family also eats them and doesn't seem to notice the difference.)

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Curtail excess spending

You only make what you keep. Put a halt on excess spending.

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