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Involve Kids in Meal Prep

Involve children in meal prep. When kids have ownership they will want to eat the food they made. This is a great opportunity to introduce new veggies. In addition to learning to eat new foods, kids will learn about nutrition, cooking, cleaning up, working to help the family & kitchen safety.

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Bank Calories

If I have an event such as a conference, vacation or night out which could be potentially damaging to the hard work I've done to loose the weight, I will stay at the low end of my range the week prior so I have a "bank' of reserved calories,

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Making time to Exercise

I schedule my workout sessions in my planner. I view this appointment with myself like I would a haircut or meeting with a client- not to be changed unless there is an emergency or illness.

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A Tip to Not Over Eat at Parties/Events

When I go out to an party or event I will wear a pair of jeans that is tight around the waist or cinch my belt a little tighter than usual. This serves as a reminder not to over eat.

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Keep Extra Workout Gear in Your Car

I keep a set of extra running clothes and shoes in my car along with a couple of bottles of water and baby wipes (for quick clean ups). Some times opportunities for a quick run or walk just happen and this way I am prepared- a quick change in a public restroom and I'm off & running!

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Getting kids out the door on time

I used to be one of those moms who was late because we were looking for backpacks and sports gear. Now my son and I both pack our backpacks at night and place them in front of the door. We can't miss them because we see them on the way out to the car.

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Dating Items in the Fridge

I write the date on the bags, bottles, containers in my fridge so I don't "forget" about them and have to throw away food.

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Pay Yourself First

My father's secret to financial success was to pay himself first. He would set aside a specific amount from each paycheck for long term investments. He then used the remaining amount for the household budget. The amount saved does not have be large if one is paying off bills or finances are tight

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