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Healthier Snacking

I keep a tupperware container full of carrots next to my computer. When I start feeling stressed, I munch on a crunchy carrot. It helps relieve my tension without sabotaging my healthy eating habits.

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Leave Room for Treats

Since I know that I can not always resist temptation, I include at least one treat in my calorie budget everyday. With this approach, that home-baked cookie brought by my coworker doesn't completely blow my healthy diet. And since I know that I've got 200 calories allocated for treats, I only eat ha...

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Small Goals Work at Work Too

To make my clerical job seem less like an exercise in futility, I use the SparkPeople approach and set small, accomplishable goals. Instead of looking at a month's worth of paperwork, I divide the stack in to 4 smaller stacks. At the end of the day, I will have successfully completed at least one ta...

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Picking up my spirits

When things start to feel overwhelming, I like to get in my car, crank up my 80's tunes, and drive until I feel better.

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Staying in Motion

I keep a weighted hula hoop next to my television. Whenever I find myself thinking of indulging in unhealthy eating, I grab the hula hoop and do 10 minutes (5 in each direction). By the time I finish, the diet sabatog moment is over.

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Avoiding Emotional Eating

When I find myself reaching for the frig handle when I am bored, I will take a walk around my yard. The beautiful blooms make me smile. And by the time I go back inside, I am no longer bored or at risk of emotional eating.

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Moving it to lose it

I have a sedentary job, so to compensate, I make sure to do something physical every two hours. On my morning break, I walk around the parking lot. At lunch, I take a walk around the mall. And on my afternoon break, I will walk up and down the steps for 5 to 10 minutes.

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Weekend Snacking

Weekends can be a dietary challenge. To help me stay on track, I stock my kitchen with healthy snacks with a theme. One weekend the theme will be fresh melon so I buy a party tray of cut melon. Another weekend, the theme will be orange and I will buy sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe.

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Curb Those Afternoon Sweets Cravings

When the afternoon sweest cravings hit, I break out my sugar free gum. The sweetness satisfies my sweet tooth and the chewing keeps my mouth too busy to snack on junk.

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Perking Up Water

When I am over plain water, I perk it up by adding a tbsp of kool-aid to a bottled water. The kool-aid adds a little kick without all the calories of adding the full measure.

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