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Goofy 5Ks as incentive


Signing up for a walkable 5K (especially the costumed ones) a few months ahead makes me anticipate without performance nervousness.

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SparkCoach: marshals the resources for me

There is so much amazing, helpful information on SparkPeople that I could get sidetracked in reading instead of doing! Doing SparkCoach is teaching me a routine for "hitting all the marks" in using the SparkPeople resources and getting off the computer and back into life to put that learning to work...

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Vending machines & fast food

Around 3:30 at work and on the drive home, vending machines & drive-throughs were defeating me. I dream of travel (when I'm small enough to fit in 1 airline seat again!). I put "Travel" on an envelope and each time I want to get something, put the $ in the envelope instead. I've done this for just f...

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ER Chocolate

I keep a stash of 3 envelopes of instant no-fat, no-sugar hot chocolate mix at work for an afternoon when it's stressful so I don't visit the vending machines. One cup of hot chocolate sipped slowly usually does it.

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Roast veggies

When I'm baking rolls for my family's dinner, I also slide in a little pan of vegetables to roast for me. I especially love blanched brussels sprouts with olive oil just spritzed on them, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Carrots are amazing roasted a bit, too, with some onion slices.

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Set a timer to postpone overeating

To help break the habit of overeating, set a timer for 15 min. and focus on doing something constructive until the timer goes off-- for example, something that's been weighing on you and that you've been procrastinating-- instead of overeating.

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