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Salad Dressing in a Pill Bottle

I often eat out with friends on short notice and usually order some type of salad. I've discovered the dressings are usually high in sodium and calories so I've started taking my own - 2 tablespoons in a cleaned pill container. I can add the whole amount and don't need to just "dip my fork" in the dressing as I eat. I keep several pill bottles filled and ready to go in the fridge. Put the measured amount in and mark the outside of the bottle with permanent marker so you never measure again.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 12/12/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Ask For Help

When you're struggling and having a rough time, don't hesitate to let your SparkFriends know about it. They'll be there to provide support, encouragement, motivation, and a shoulder to cry on if needed. My friends have "talked and walked" me through many difficult times.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 8/28/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Frozen Grape Pops

I bought a set of inexpensive "freezer-pop" molds. I drop a few grapes in each and then fill them with Crystal Light White Grape (my favorite flavor) and pop them into the freezer. A very low cal cold treat on warm days!

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 7/10/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Exercise Appointment

I tend to procrastinate (avoid!) when it comes to starting my strength exercises so I've started putting the message "DO YOUR STRENGTH EXERCISES" on my Spark appointment calendar. I get an e-mail message of the appointment and I don't delete it until I've done the exercises!

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 4/20/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Interact with others

I find spending time interacting with my SparkFriends and teams daily helps keep me motivated and encouraged. I find that "down" days soon improve if I share positive messages and help others celebrate their victories.
The positive sharing is the reason Spark works for me.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 4/10/2010 in Staying Positive | 4 Comments
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Rainy Day Walking

I set a kitchen timer for 10 minutes and walk around the house, nonstop, for that time. I set it several times throughout the day and use that walking as "breaks" from daily activities.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 4/8/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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Rest Day

I started off all "gung-ho" and felt I was a failure if I didn't have at least 120 minutes of exercise a day. Both my energy and motivation soon died! I've learned that it is okay, even beneficial, to allow myself a day to rest.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 4/3/2010 in Exercise | 30 Comments
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Snack Basket

I keep a basket of healthy snacks on my kitchen counter and reach into it when I need something. It includes 100 calorie almond packs, cups of diced peaches and mandarin oranges packed in water, 60 calorie packs of prunes, sugar-free pudding cups, and fresh fruit.
All have 100 calories or less.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 4/2/2010 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Forgive Yourself

Forgive yourself when you get off track. Say the same encouraging words to yourself that you would say to a friend who asked for your help and advice. Be your own best friend!

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 3/31/2010 in Getting Back On Track | 12 Comments
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Celebrate Successes

I take time to visit each of my friends' pages on a regular basis to leave a short, encouraging message. I also make sure to check my friend feed and send congratulations, encouragement, or support whenever a posting merits it.

- Submitted by JAKEANDNELLIE 3/29/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments
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