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Easy office lunches!

I keep a bag of frozen veggies (usually broccoli or green beans) in the freezer at work. For quick lunches, I grab a frozen entree of Ziti Marinara, Chicken Fettucini, Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes, etc. (I usually use Michelina's Lean brand). At lunch time, I microwave 1 cup of the frozen veggies in a bowl and then my frozen meal. When the meal is thoroughly heated ~ I spoon it over the veggies. This is a great way to "extend" those little 9 ounce meals and get in another serving of veggies!

- Submitted by MCJEN2010 6/17/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Smile

Smile through everything, before you know it...nothing will seem as difficult

- Submitted by JUICYFRUITS16 7/18/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Feel Happier By Massaging Your Right Hand

This activates the left side of the brain, signaling the nervous system to produce mood-boosting serotonin and dopamine, Universtiy of Miami researchers report. It also reduces production of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in a better mood in less than five minutes.

- Submitted by SLIMMERJESSE 7/10/2011 in Staying Healthy | 6 Comments
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Crystal light Mojito flavor

So good. Minty flavored. Hard to find but worth looking for. Refreshing taste.

- Submitted by CRAZYBRE 7/14/2011 in Product Reviews | 8 Comments
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Never give up!

After numerous attempts to get back on track, I found that what works for me is staying in touch w/ the message boards and reading all of these secrets for a few minutes several times a day to help me stay focused on the goal. emoticon

- Submitted by IREN0169 7/10/2011 in Getting Back On Track | 7 Comments
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Always First Thing in the Morning

Always get your exercise in first thing in the morning - Why? If you don't there are always other things that will become a priority - giving you excuses not to exercise - Exercising first things frees up the day for the rest of life to happen. JUST DO IT!!!

- Submitted by LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/11/2011 in Exercise | 15 Comments
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Weekly 2Do- List

Instead of having a daily to do list make one for the whole week but divided in the different days. This way you will not delay things to a busy day.
And if you have a spare minute you can "work ahead" and do some task from the other days.

- Submitted by BONSAIAMAZONE 6/1/2010 in Organization | 4 Comments
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Spark points

I got this idea from one of my teams. I give myself a penny for every spark point I earn. So if I earn 55 spark points for today I will put 55 cents in my saving jar. I use this money to buy something special for me as a reward for my hard work. You will be surprised how fast it adds up!

- Submitted by LATEBIRD 5/24/2011 in Using SparkPeople | 2 Comments
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Become a Reseller!

Go through your DVDs, CDs and books and resell them on Amazon! The buyer pays for shipping, and you can ship these items by "media mail" which is really a low-cost USPS stamp! I recently moved and made over $600 selling these items!

- Submitted by WOMBAT31 5/26/2011 in Saving Money | 5 Comments
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Giving myself a boost through the apppointment calendar

Since I don't have a lot going on my appointment calendar, I like to go in a schedule a message for myself, usually to send in the mornings. This way I open my email and find a message that reminds me to take care of myself or do something positive for myself.

- Submitted by JUSTSTAYCEE 5/24/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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