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Treat It Like A Job

When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 80 Comments
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How to Have a "Cheat Day" Without Ruining Your Progress

I used to get way off track when I allowed myself 'cheat days' on the weekends. I remedied that by cutting off my eating much earlier in the day than I normally would. I usually stop eating by 6. Now, on the weekends, I stop eating by 4. That way, I don't have to be so concerned that I'm overloading on calories when I'm not being super-careful about what I'm eating. You can only do so much damage before 4pm. It works. I've lost weight 3 weekends in a row!

- Submitted by MUTANTQUEEN 7/2/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Make A Habit

It is important to just make exercise a habit. It takes about a month of forcing yourself, but then once it is a habit, you feel funny not to do it.

- Submitted by CAROLEE1945 6/18/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Swapping coffee shop iced coffee for homemade with almond milk

I loved the iced coffee that I would buy from the "golden arches" but it isn't exactly the healthiest of drinks. I began to cold brew my own coffee (you can find info on the web on how to do it). I usually will buy some richly flavored coffee so I don't need any of the flavored syrups and I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the creaminess. It only has 40 calories for one cup and has heart healthy fat which gives it a creamy flavor.

- Submitted by MSOLSON81 2/11/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Re-read your SparkFavorites

Read again the things you've saved as favorites, like yesterday's Confessions of a Reformed Procrastnator :-), there's lots of good stuff there that is particularly meaningful to you.

- Submitted by SMILEYBEE 10/13/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Visit your local thrift store for Mud Run clothing

I am getting ready to do my first Mud Run, a type of race that is becoming more popular. I have been going to my local thrift store to search out shoes and clothing. Since I know that the items will be tossed once the race is over I am not feeling guilty about buying 'special' clothing and I am supporting a local business (which also supports our local food pantry).
I found a pair of Nike's for 50 cents!

- Submitted by SHERYL_B 9/15/2011 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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Making Measuring Portions More Accessible

It's imperative to measure our food portions, right? I like to keep a big mixing bowl full of a bunch of different sizes of plastic measuring cups and spoons on the counter. I also have a digital food scale (oz. and g.) there and a piece of measuring tape (for the fruits and veggies...I'm always off!). That was it's so much easier to stay accountable more often. Consistency is key, and I KNOW I won't measure food if I'm hungry right now and I can't find the measuring tools! emoticon

- Submitted by HEALTHY1JESS 8/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Cast-Iron Pan as Recipe Board

Hang a skillet on a kitchen wall and you’ll have a convenient magnetic spot to display recipes, important reminders, and anything else your brain is too, well, fried to remember.
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- Submitted by SRIVERS1 7/24/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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slight mush fruit sequel

another thing you can do with that slighty mushy fruit, like banana or apples is to wrap them in foil and put them in a baking dish and bake them for about 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. they come out very mushy and OH SO SWEET with out the addition of any sweetener. add a little cinnamon or milk to taste and it's dessert time! emoticon

- Submitted by CED1976 7/18/2011 in Saving Money | 2 Comments
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Keep pictures, not stuff

If you keep stuff you don't use because of a sentimental attachment, take pictures of it and put it in an album (online is OK) with a note explaining what it was, why you cherished it, and why it should find a new home. That way, you can keep the memory but recycle the item to a new home.

This worked for a friend of mine who was a major hoarder. She enlisted a friend to take notes and pictures while she reminisced. Sharing memories in person made it easier give things away or recycle them.

- Submitted by JBINAUSTIN 7/21/2011 in Organization | 8 Comments
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