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Be Cheap! View daily calories as cash, NOT an unlimited credit card!

View your daily calories as the amount of cash you have in your wallet; NOT an unlimited credit card!

Limit calorie spending to the amount of cash you PRE planned to spend. Eat filling foods that are low cost/cal. Don't waste calorie money on junk that leaves you w/ buyers' remorse & extra...

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Treadmill backwards!

My chiropractor just gave me an awesome workout for ab muscles that I'd never have thought to try: she told me to set the treadmill to about a 15% incline, get on it facing "the wrong way" (ie, not towards the control panel), and start it moving at a slow speed, increasing gradually, and walk uphill...

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Exercise more, spend less

When you go to the mall for a shopping spree, spend the first 30 minutes just walking laps. Then when you begin your shopping, you will feel even better about buying new clothes, and you will probably spend less because you will be tired sooner and want to leave earlier!

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Do just a little more

When I started this journey, walking more than a couple of blocks was hard work. By keeping at it and doing just a little more each day, it got easier and the weight started coming off. Now I'm running, not just walking! Whatever form of exercise you choose to do, keep doing it and adding just a lit...

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Prep on Sunday

On Sundays, I devote that day to prepping all of my meals for the week, such as, chopping fresh veggies and putting them in containers; seasoning meat/fish for the week and also ironing all my outfits that I plan to wear to work. I set up my daily gym routines on a weekly calendar. This way, during ...

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Cleaning Up the Environment

I tuck a few plastic grocery bags in my pocket when I go for a walk. Along the way I pick up any litter I see along the road and drop it off at the trash cans at the local beach. I not only get lots of exercise, but I am enjoying nature a lot more. Bring a glove to protect your hands!

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Strength Training

Strength training is a secret that many people simply don't know about since they are not athletes in training.

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What I can't live without

SPRAY BUTTER
If you can't live without butter on veggies, potatoes, toast, and what not, try "I can't believe it's not Butter" spray butter. I have used this for years, it is a staple in my house. It has 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 carbs AND tastes like butter!

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Don't Wait Until You "Feel Like It."

When I was in college, I went to the personal counseling office because I was feeling really overwhelmed, and my counselor told me something about procrastination that will always stick with me: "Don't wait until you "feel like" doing something, because chances are good you'll never "feel like" doin...

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Realistic Goals

I always jump into things with two feet. But going too fast has only brought me injuries. I'm learning to set more long term goals and realizing that 2 or 3 months of exercise after years of inactivity do not make me an athlete ..yet.

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