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Daily dates with myself

I kept blowing off working out because I had to work, run errands, or meet up with someone. I started making daily dates with myself to exercise. Now I'm not missing any appointments AND getting my workouts in.

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Avoid late night snacks

If late night snacking is what is keeping you from achieving your weight loss goals - try going to sleep earlier. If you aren't awake late at night it is impossible to eat while you sleep

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Take a breath

When I start feeling overwhelmed or like I am not going to be able to accomplish what I need to accomplish - I force myself to stop and take a deep breath. This slows me down from continue on a downward spiral into depressing myself. That deep breath allows me to re-focus and find strength and peace

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Check pockets before doing laundry

Before I do laundry, I check all the pockets. Whatever I find goes straight into a jar. I just tallied up my jar that I have been saving since January and lo and behold I had accumulated 22 dollars!!!

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Just add water

Before eating any meal, I drink a 4 oz of water. This helps me to not eat as much & helps me to stay hydrated.

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Workout & Bible Study

I've been struggling to get my morning workout in and read my bible every morning due to time constraints. Now I found a free online audio link where I can listen to the bible every morning and workout at the same time. I get to revitalize my body and faith at the same time. WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY!

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Morning Crunches

Every morning the first thing I do is push myself to do a minimum of 100 crunches. This helps me not to have a huge breakfast. Often I end up doing a ten minute routine in the process and wind up working out 2X's in one day - all with just starting with 100 crunches!

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Looking in the mirror

Every night before I go to sleep I have started to post a new message in the mirror. In the morning I have my motivational message waiting for me. It has helped me to do my crunches first thing or go for an extra 10 minute walk. A few words of encouragement can go a long way.

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