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Shortcut Potato Salad

I use frozen diced hash brown potatoes as the start of my potato salad. I thaw them overnight in the frig. It's SO much easier and quicker than dicing my own, and bonus-they're already cooked! Enjoy!

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Start as slowly as you need to

Always listen to your body. Don't be afraid to start as slowly as you need to when you first exercise or start back into it after being away for some time. Even if you begin with 2 or 3 mins, it;s far better than not starting at all. Go for it!!!

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Freezer Pleasers

First, plan on cooking extra with the idea you will freeze some. This saves time and energy later, make you less apt to go for pizza, burgers, or take-out. You can eat healthier when you can control the ingredients.
Second, if you are tempted to go back for seconds, or more, be sure you plan to ...

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Geo Foreman grill/wipe off while warm

Wipe down your Geo. Foreman (or similar) indoor grill while it is still warm. Trust me on this one, it will make life much easier. If it should cool down before you get to it, just heat it back up again. I use a dry paper towel to do mine. Of course, be careful not to burn yourself!

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Always rinse tub/shower at end of bathing

If you rinse shower/tub at end of every one, you will save yourself a lot of scrubbing! I still disinfect, of course, but the heavy scrubbing is much less!!! Unless, of course, you enjoy that as your exercise!! (wink)

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"Safer" Treats

I have a problem with eating sweets & had to take a hard look at this. I found I needed to find 'safer' treats. In my case, it meant what would satisfy me but not blow my nutrition tracker. I made a list of lower cal. treats that I would only eat one portion of and I knew I was not tempted for more....

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Freezer List

Get a dollar store white-board w/magnet & marker to stick to outside of freezer. Keep a list on what you have. How often have you over-bought or thrown out food bc you don't use or know what's in there? This has saved me time and money. Also, mark down when you froze it or for pre-packaged goods, th...

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Pick Up & Clean as-you-go

As you go about your day, take one minute and clean that spotty mirror or that splattered-on microwave. Also, did you just use a screwdriver or hammer; put that tool away right now!
I know it seems easier to drop it and get it later, but trust me, it's not! Due to my disabilities, I've had to wo...

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Give Yourself Permission

Tell yourself it's OK to have a treat now and again. Track it, and try to be somewhat sensible but I've found that this way, I'm NOT apt to binge. I tell myself, 'maybe later I could have another/more.' I almost NEVER get to later and more; I'm just happy with what I did enjoy. Also, savor it slowly...

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Learn what helps you relax

I have a high-stress life, as so many of us do these days, but I've learned that a hot bath/shower, talking with a friend, listening to soothing music, taking a walk or other exercise, engaging in my hobby, and reading a book are a few of the ways I can help to relieve some of it. We are all differe...

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