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Number 1

Take care of yourself as though no one else exists! Being self centered or selfish isn't bad ....when we make ourselves number 1, the rest of the world benefits...our health, our fitness, our energy, and our emotions when we are happy with what we are doing for ourselves....it's all better for our ...

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Get your friends to come out and play!

Exercise isn't exercise when it's play....so get your friends to come out and play! Enlist your sparkfriends or real life friends or both to do something like the virtual 5K or any other virtual challenge that you can make into a game....it's no longer a chore, it's a party!!

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Set a date...then do it!

register for a walk/run...make the commitment and make it public...it forces you to do it...no excuses

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contain the mess

Cutting or slicing certain things can make a mess when juices run wild...save the mess by placing your cutting board inside a sheet pan or jellyroll pan...I place paper toweling under the cutting board with some overlap..slice away! the juices will run into the pan and if there are a lot of juices y...

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Live your goals

In order to reach your goals....visualize...not just reaching the goal....but living it! If the goal is wt. loss, it's the actions of a slimmer person, not the number on the scale that count! This applies to any of our goals...we need to live what it takes.

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call company before tossing out

When a tool/device no longer works...check on line or in product info for contact number or e-mail....often even if you think it's out of warranty and just time to junk it...you can be surprised....we have had companies send us parts for shipping only or sometimes free...worth a call!

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useful coffee filters

I buy the huge pkg of coffee filters at Sam's club and use them for more than coffee....they make a good cover in the microwave to prevent spatter, crumpled up the spread oil on cookie sheets or pans and on my kitchen scale they make a good receptical for measuring/weighing things.

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Measure

Measuring and weighing foods can seem like a chore at times but it is far too easy to underestimate portion sizes and fool ourselves into thinking we're eating less than we are. Make the small investment in measuring cups spoons ladles and a good kitchen scale....then use them!

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don't throw out the mustard bottle!

When you empty the mustard jar or bottle, add in some vinegar, olive oil, and herbs of choice and other flavorings, garlic etc....shake and you have a nice fresh vinegarette to use!

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Practice the art of inefficiency

As a way to build more movement in my day, I am learning to do things less efficiently...yesterday when folding laundry, I made multiple trips to put things away instead of stacking and making one trip to each room.

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