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The "15 Minute" Rule

When I have a pile of clutter that needs organizing, or a tedious job I dislike doing, I set a timer for 15 minutes. I tell myself I must only work that long. Every time I end up working much longer--sometimes even finishing the job!

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 2/19/2011 in Organization | 8 Comments
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"Track" to Lose!

I have reached goal thanks to SP and the main help in achieving my weight loss is tracking my food intake. There have been only a few days that I did not write down my meals, and that vigilance is still helping me maintain the loss.

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 1/3/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Do NOT "Start Over"

If you have had a setback, hit a snag, went off your plan...DON'T say, "I'll start over--next Monday, for sure" or something like that. This will lead to having a "free" weekend when you overindulge, planning for that great new beginning next week. Instead, learn from your mistakes and just KEEP GOING!

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 12/5/2010 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Tracking Water BEFORE drinking!

Every morning I fill the bottles with the total amount of water I will drink in the day...usually 10 cups. Then I put it in my food tracker right away. If at the end of the day, I haven't finished all of it, I would have to go back and change the tracker. Since I'm basically lazy...I drink the rest of the water!

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 10/19/2010 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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My New Favorite Food

Greek Yogurt! Great for making dips, dressings, or just putting a bit on a sandwich instead of mayo.

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 9/13/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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"Cheat" Correctly!

If I am not sure of the exact calorie count of an item, I track it higher than it could be--usually it is close. If it was too high, I can correct it later on my tracker. This kind of "cheating" saves me a few extra calories every week.

- Submitted by DONNYE2008 4/6/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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