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Rewards on a budget

I subscribe to groupon.com, livingsocial.com, and mamapedia.com to get exposed to all sorts of cheap deals that I use as rewards. Lately I'm into massages, and have come across deals of 1 hour massages for under $40. The variety of deals are great on the wallet AND when you accomplish a goal, you c...

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Purchase Gift Cards In Advance

When I know that we're going to be short on money, I purchase gift cards for places we frequent for recreation and/or gas, groceries, etc. That way if we want to do something later not in the budget we can use one of the gift cards for a specific amount and still have a good time!

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Mix up your meals

I've started incorporating "clean eating" meals with what I normally cook that I've found through Oxygen magazine and books by Tosca Reno. They're (1) delicious and (2) easy to prepare. I've been surprised at how good they've been, how little prep work is needed, and how much better my body feels...

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ME time is critical!

Since getting healthy is a lifetime effort, we can get bogged down by all of the changes that we have to make to get there. I encourage you to (1) recognize your successes, (2) reward yourself with non-food items, and (3) have some ME time doing whatever you love to do best. It makes all the diffe...

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Goal Planning AND Changing are Necessary

I've never been into goal planning, at least not on paper. In my mind, yes, but how quickly do we forget? To make changes count WRITE THEM DOWN! Date them, be realistic and simple when choosing your goals. 1-2 at a time is doable. Complete them to feel successful & to encourage you to keep going. A...

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Support Systems are Critical!

Having support systems when you're creating a healthy lifestyle is CRITICAL. Though family is important to share in your health journey everyone doesn't have that support. If that's the case, create your own support system by incorporating church members, friends, co-workers, other sparkers, suppor...

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Being Prepared is Half the Battle

When I was starting to take my health seriously, I wasn't really prepared to really monitor my portions and SEE just how much I was eating. So, I made sure that I had in the house an electronic food scale, measuring cups and measuring spoons. It was eye opening to see what portioned amounts really...

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Make the freezer & fridge your friend!

Right now I'm currently doing the Body for Life Challenge and Sundays are my cheat days. I eat whatever I want but make sure that any leftovers are promptly stored in the freezer. This keeps it out of sight and I have treats for the following week. I also started putting fruits & veggies on the t...

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Low Cal Yummy Fall Toppings

When eating whole grain breads, rolls, bagels, etc., I enjoy topping them with apple or pumpkin butter instead of honey, jelly, or preserves. They're very low cal and low sodium, taste great, and provide a different taste.

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Alternative Exercise as a Reward

I'm currently in week 3 of the Body for Life Challenge. I've never completed the challenge, so when I successfully complete it, I'm going to experiment with taking a non-conventional exercise class (pole dancing, he, he!!) in January 2011 as my reward.

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