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I stash dollar bills I get in change from my purchases at the convenience store in the secret compartment in the console between the front seats of my vehicle. Every few weeks I straighten up the money, and count it, and last week I had $60 in my secret stash. I consider it emergency money for when I'm on the road.
How frustrating is it to have hand cream left in the bottom of the dispenser and not be able to get it out because the pump won't reach? I get to it by cutting the plastic dispenser in half and putting the remaining hand cream in a tightly-covered plastic container. After 3 or 4 times of doing this, there are 4 or 5 ounces of hand cream to be used.
There are days when I don't have the time to spend an hour+ on the computer taking care of Spark business. I always track nutrition and fitness, which accumulate points automatically, and then work on choices that give the most points: daily quiz (5 points) , huddles, articles (3 points). I leave the 1-pointers (schedule an appointment, web search, etc.) for last in case I run out of computer time.
Occasionally I need something hot and comforting and perhaps off the menu for the day. That's when I nuke myself a small (usually red) potato at a "cost" of about 120 calories. I put on a teaspoon of butter, a bit of salt and some pepper and maybe a couple of teaspoons of cottage cheese or a couple of teaspoons of salad olives and savor each bite. It keeps me from grazing mindlessly through the pantry and refrigerator.
I round up my calorie counts. For instance, the skim milk I drink has 86 calories a cup. On my tracker I've rounded it up to 90 calories. I've rounded up a small banana to 100 from 93 calories. It doesn't add up to much, but it probably covers the little tastes of food I might take when I'm cooking.
I enjoy eating certain foods, such as yogurt and the occasional treat of ice cream, with a small disposable plastic spoon, the type that is sold in a pack of 8 or 10 in the baby section of the grocery store. I like plastic because it doesn't give a metal taste to foods and I like the small disposable (baby) spoons because it takes a lot longer to eat the food so the enjoyment lasts.
A couple of times a week for lunch I'll have a can of Slim Fast Royal Chocolate. I put it in a smoothie mixer, add half a cup of skim milk, a small banana and a few ice cubes and mix it up. It satisfies my desire for chocolate in a very good tasting way and fills me up!
I'm most hungry with that "gotta eat" feeling just before supper. I've found that having one large dill pickle spear helps a lot. It has no calories. It is crunchy, which is satisfying. It's big enough to take a long time to eat. Pickles are very high in sodium so that needs to be taken into consideration, but personally, I'll take the salt over too many calories.
For many reasons -- including knees that need coddling to lack of time -- I usually exercise in increments of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. I may not have 30 minutes or more at a time to exercise, but I can always find 15 minutes, and those few minutes are less intimidating, and thus more likely to happen, than a big chunk of minutes. It's also beneficial to my knees because they get a break, which means there is less pain and I'm more likely to do another 15 minutes later on.