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Order a la carte items in restaurants

I have found that when I order a full meal off the menu in a restaurant, I eat far more calories than I had planned on, and on things that I don't even care much about. I have been much more successful eating out and staying on track when I only order the specific items I want. If what I want doesn't come without sides, I will ask them to leave the side off altogether or replace it with vegetables. It doesn't always save money, but my health is worth more than an extra dollar on the tab.

- Submitted by GILLIMONSTER 10/29/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Actress Game: Pretend You're a Realtor

Get dressed, pick up a clipboard, go out to the curb of house or if in apt, the front door, ring the bell & go in. Pretend you are a realtor. Your job as a realtor is to go room by room, one wall, floor, & ceiling at a time, & write down everything that needs attention to get the home sold or rented. Include not only cleaning, but handy man & fix-it projects. Now write down all small fix-it projects individually on piecesof paper, folded up, & put them in a bowl, canister, box, etc. (cont'd)

- Submitted by CAROLFAITHWALKR 10/25/2010 in Organization | 9 Comments
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Eliminate the verb "TRY" from your vocabulary

Never say, "I will TRY to lose weight" or "I will TRY to be on time." Say instead, "I WILL lose weight" or "I WILL be on time." Using the word TRY lets you off the hook too easily.

As Yoda said, "Do or do not; there is no try."

- Submitted by STORMY724 10/22/2010 in Motivation | 5 Comments
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Self Discipline

You will either have the pain of self discipline, or the pain of regret!"

- Submitted by KAMSNTY 10/20/2010 in Motivation | 4 Comments
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TAKE ACTION EARLY

When it comes to exercise it is easier if it is done first thing in the morning. It gets the serotonin (feel good hormone) going, which makes for a good start to the day. Then you won't have to worry about it after work. It is already taken care of.

- Submitted by QUEENBME2 4/24/2010 in Exercise | 58 Comments
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Do The Hustle!!

Get your exercise in during every day living, no excuses, no gym needed. Do the hustle!! RUSH to everything you do. RUN to the biffy like you are afraid you won't make it!! Make several trips up and down the stairs fast to carry small loads of laundry each time instead of a big one. When tracking food, weigh one item, the rush to your computer to record it, then rush back to record another one, take many trips.. Don't walk when you can run!! Take the LONG way around!!

- Submitted by JHADZHIA 10/18/2010 in Exercise | 30 Comments
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Breaking a dollar

Whenever I break a bill, I will take any change that I get and put it in a piggy bank. You will be surprised at how quickly your bank fills up if you do this.

- Submitted by KLC1925 6/3/2010 in Saving Money | 8 Comments
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Choose Foods you Like & exercise you can live with

Once you decide TO ... you have to decide HOW ...

Choose foods you LIKE or it's not going to work .. I'm NOT a salad fan but I LOVE roasted vegetables .. so I make alot of meals with vegetables and very few with salad -

It also helps to have about 10-20 "go-to meals" in the recipe box

- Submitted by BARBARAROCKSIT 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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Smaller plates

When trying to maintain a healthy eating regimen,I find that it helps to use smaller plates. You can't fit as much food on a smaller plate so you eat less. Just make sure that you don't try and overfill a smaller plate. The goal is to make your mind believe you're eating the same amount

- Submitted by PEACHES_3954 4/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Move to the music

I love to put on my favorite up beat music and either run in place or on many occasions I'll break out into some dance moves. I feel my blood really flowing then. Don't stop now. Keep it going.

- Submitted by ANGELALEGNA 4/28/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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