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When I get bored at my desk job I want to snack to fill the time. So, since the holidays are over and candy canes are marked down to around 50 cents a box, I stocked up. I let myself have a single 60 calorie or less candy cane every afternoon and since they take a while to eat (as long as you don't crunch them up!), it distracts me and satisfies the craving for sugar. Add a bottle of water and I'm good for the rest of the day until I get home.
Sometimes when tracking I come across something in the tracker that is about 5-10 calories more than what the product actually has on the label. If it is just a small increase like that, then I add the food in the tracker anyway. It gives me a buffer zone of 5-10 calories so I know for sure I won't go over for the day!
When I first started drinking grapefruit juice in the morning...I HATED it. It was oh, so sour, and I thought I would never drink it again. But I shut my eye, opened my mouth, and chugged it down. And I did it the next day, and the next, and so on, until my first bottle was empty. Over time, I realized I LOVE grapefruit juice.... (continued)
I find that if I put the number of cups of water I intend to drink in the tracker BEFORE I drink them, I am more likely to live up to the goal I have set. I may not reach it every single day but I DO reach the goal more often that before.
When I weigh anything solid on my scale, I use a coffee filter to put the items in. Sitting up, it's a great cup. Turned over and spread out flat, it makes a good flat surface cover too. You get a gazillion of them in one bag and they are inexpensive. And they contain less paper than regular paper towels and napkins! If you empty out the crumbs, you can reuse the filter later to brew your coffee.
Zucchini is a fantastic replacement for "shake and bake" potatoes (Potatoes have so many more calories). You can coat them in the box Shake 'n' Bake or in bread crumbs with your own spices, and bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
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