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Do something unexpected but nice for someone else

I try to practice random acts of kindness at least once a day. It can be something as small as holding a door open for someone, letting someone get in line in front of you at the market if they have fewer items and you have a full cart, whatever little things you see. It makes people so happy to be ...

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Reward yourself!

I, as a lot of others here, have a tendency to think and do mainly of and for others and not for or of myself. I have invested a great deal of time, energy, sweat and planning to get to where I am now. I just discovered that it helps IMMENSELY to give myself rewards.

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Save the morning rush and stress!

I pack my gym bag, lunch and lay out my clothes every night. This way I am ready to go with little fuss in the morning and don't forget something essential in the rush to get out the door. The one day I didn't pack the night before (got home really late and had to do laundry before I could pack my b...

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Use exercise to beat boredom

I just found that if I start to get bored it is time to get up and move. No more channel surfing when there seems to be nothing on. Instead I walk, ride a bike or go out and work in the yard or garden. I've been doing it since before joining this site and it has really helped!

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My secret

My motivation are my granddaughters, Athena who is going to be 4 in October, and Briianna who will be 2 in December. I was already in decent shape due to my line of work, but the extra weight I still carry means more health risks and a greater chance that I won't be here for them and their kids.

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