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Prove to yourself that you can do it

Pick something in your life that you aren't fond of - a bad habit. Commit to NOT doing it for ONE week or one time depending on the habit. I ALWAYS do popcorn at the movie. Like me? Go to one movie and take some fruit that'll last-cut up apple, orange-and some bottled water. You'll be so proud o...

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One good choice leads to another

Start your day with a good choice over bad (whatever that means to you). For example-donuts in the breakroom! I opted for yogurt and strawberries. As the day goes on, you'll have more good/bad choices. I now know that today I have willpower because I made a good choice with the yogurt vs donut. Wh...

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Positive Reinforcement

When you really DON'T want to exercise but you go ahead and push yourself to do it anyway, write down how awesome that made you feel. I DID NOT want to ride my bike to work this morning - it was cold and dark and I would have rather stayed in bed for an extra 30 minutes. But, I persevered and was ...

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Stop with the "I Can't" - Hold yourself accountable

When you catch yourself saying I can't exercise, or I can't pass up a chocolate doughnut, change it up to "I Won't." By saying "I won't" do something instead of "I can't" forces you to hold yourself accountable! "I can't" gives you an excuse; "I won't" says I am responsible for my own actions.

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Ditch the Mayo

Instead of using 2 tbsp of Mayo on your sandwich, try smash and spread or slice 1/4 of an avocado on the bread. You'll save 36 calories and 6.6 grams of fat. Plus, of the fat that you do get from the Avocado, 4.2 grams are belly flattening MUFAs, not to mention all the other health benefits.

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Recycle!!

I have a daily flip calendar on my desk. At the end of the year when I replace the old pages with the new, I clip the old ones together and use them as a note pad on my desk for miscellaneous notes, calls, numbers, whatever. It saves me from using new note pads!

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Give yourself a better shot at getting your exercise done

I log my exercise first thing in the morning or early afternoon while at work. The benefit - when I get home, I am more likely to work out because I have already gotten the points and seen how many calories I burn if I do.

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Take a Break

When you have worked hard, it's okay to take a break (both with food and exercise). Just get back on track the next day and DON'T say, I'll pick back up on Monday.

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Knock out exercise without making time for it - Bike to and from Work or School

I have a 45 minute bike commute (each way). If I drove, it would take me 30 minutes. By biking, I am guaranteed 90 minutes of exercise helping both me and the environment. If I get home and don't want to do anything else, I don't have to and I have still got 90 minutes in the books.

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Trick yourself into exercising

When I don't feel like exercising, I tell myself I'll just do 10 minutes of whatever. Then, after 10 minutes, I say 5 or 10 more. Then, before I know it 30 or 60 minutes have passed, and I am so glad I did it. I always feel so much better after exercise than before, plus I am proud of myself.

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