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Surround Yourself with Positive People and Actions

We cannot choose our families, but we can choose HOW we deal with our family members with positive attitude and words. If family members are negative and give you negative feedback about anything in your life--turn the negatives into a positive by either NOT responding to the negative OR by saying, ...

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Always Be Proud of Yourself

No matter what has happened in the last year, month, week, day, hour, minute, or second--always be proud of yourself that you made it to "now" so you can greet the next moment & find ways to help you progress towards your goals. There is nothing you can do to change the past. Each new moment is avai...

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Consignment and Charity Shops

Try saving money by shopping at local consignment, charity-sponsored, and "super-discount" shops for clothing, used fitness equipment, kitchenware, etc. You can earn a little $ at consignment shops if you bring "gently" used items and have the shop re-sell them. However, if you bring in a winter co...

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Reminder to Read Labels

It helps me to actually read and understand labels. I admit that I do not always track my food but I discovered that some (maybe all) Target/Market Pantry frozen vegetables have potassium. When I looked at the same frozen veggies from other stores, they did not include potassium. I do not know if Ta...

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Eat Half AND Add 2 more Veggie Servings

I often eat half a serving of both protein and carbs with a regular size serving of veggies AND then I add at least two or three servings of veggies for my meals only. Most of the time the veggies I add consist of salad greens without dressing. I love he taste of plain old salad greens with my meals...

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Want to Lose Weight? Set up a Bedtime Routine to Help you Sleep

Getting enough sleep helps to lose weight. The definition of "enough" will be different for each person and their daily schedule, whether or not the schedule includes 9-5 work routine, retirement, third shift, second shift, etc. Finding a bedtime routine is helpful because completing a routine helps...

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If you are regular...

then weigh yourself in the morning, AFTER you void (a "nice" word for poop). If you weigh in two to three times a week, it is motivating to weigh in BEFORE you eat breakfast and AFTER voiding. Make sure to eat breakfast no matter what the scale says, and then plan accordingly for the rest of the day...

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Believe and Make It Happen

It starts with believing (among other things like positive attitude, perseverance, patient, forgiving yourself and other people, etc.) to help you can meet your goals. Then, it progresses every hour of your days, by making it happen with baby steps. You can do it, and you can do it with your friend...

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Just Do It, and Just Do It Every Day

In order to form healthy habits, it is important to "just do it" when it comes to exercise. As long as you can start with at least 10 minutes of cardio every single day, you will find it easier to increase both the number of minutes of exercise and the intensity of exercise. Gradually increase amoun...

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Encourage Someone, Encourage Yourself

Sometimes giving support of any kind to someone else is encouragement for oneself.

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