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Hidden Exercise

While listening to Spark Radio I sit in my chair and act like I'm walking. It is good chair exercise. Each SP Radio slot is approximately 5 - 10 min or more and it's a great way to get cardio in. Believe me after that 5 - 10 min you will feel the burn in your legs even while sitting down. Anothe...

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Reminder Clothes

When I get discouraged I put on my reminder clothes. They are a size 3x. I've lost 40 lbs since starting and they are very loose. I do this if I'm feeling sorry for myself or if I've hit a plateau. It gets me motivated again.

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Scheduled Challenges

I use the planner to help remind me of the challenges I have signed up. Each morning I get the reminder. When you are signed up for multiples this is a big help to keep them organized so you can visit each one.

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Less Salad Dressing

I've noticed if I use a cucumber in my salad I only add 1 tsp of dressing verses the 2 standard. The cucumber makes it's own water which allows the dressing to go farther. Try it you just might like it.

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Being held accountable

If I write down in the morning that I am going to exercise, I make sure I do it. Be held accountable for your journey

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Drinking 8 glasses of water daily

If you have trouble keeping track of those glasses of place 8 pennies on a ledge. Take away a penny each time you drink a glass of . At the end of the day you shouldn't have any pennies left. If you do, you fell short. Donna

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What's Necessary

St. Francis of Assisi stated:

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

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Add a pop of taste to green beans

Add 1 teaspoon of bacon bits to green beans while cooking instead of adding any butter or other ingredient. It gives a great pop of taste and only adds 25 calories per spoon full.

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Adding up spark points

I started this month adding up my spark points. For each point I have I am putting back 5 cents. It's a great way to put money back for new clothes.. WooHoo.

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