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Exact counting of reps

I am now counting the exact amount of reps I do for each exercise. I stop an exercise when I start using poor form due to fatigue. This is both motivational as I try to beat my number and it keeps me using good form which prevents injury and maximizes the benefit of the move.

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Keep moving

I treat my computer as if it was my TV so about every ten minutes (when there are usually about 3 minutes of commercials) I get up and do 3 minutes of cardio. Anything works -knee ups, jacks, marching, grapevines, etc. It keeps my metabolism up

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Munchies snapshots

Here is a tip I saw in a mag and tried out. Whenever you are tempted to eat something not on your menu plan take a snapshot of it with your cell phone before eating. Sounds a little odd, but it has worked for me

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400 Calorie Meals

I like planning 400 calories meals. It makes meal planning easy- I can mix and match my meals. It also allows me to make substitutions, if the need arises, without blowing the calorie count

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Avoid cross contamination

Use two different color gloves when cleaning. One is for the kitchen and the other the bathroom so you are leaving any possible germs in the room they came from. You don't use gloves to clean? You really should as even 'green' cleanser exposure can have harmful effects on your health over time.

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Reduce colds and sinus infections

Reduce colds and sinus infections by using plain saline nasal spray once daily. According to studies using the spray reduce cold and sinus infections noticeably.

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Dusty fan

Got a dusty fan you have pulled out of storage? To avoid the mess created by using sprays or water to clean it; grab a swifter broom replacement pad and dust it off. Quick and easy

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Plate and sit

Get into the habit of putting everything you eat on a plate and sit to eat it even if it is just sunflower seeds. This helps prevent mindless snacking and helps keep track of what you ate during the day.

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On Track Calendar

I really like the On track calendar. I go to the planner and list the other goals and tasks I would like to do for the day. I remove any I didn't complete from the planner leaving only those I did. This gives me an ongoing diaryy of what I have completed on my On Track Calendar

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