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Easily Recording Bulk Food Information

Bulk food can be a real money saver but recording nutritional information is made much harder. I used to copy all the information from the tag on the item in the store but now I take out my digital camera and take a picture of it so I have it ready when I get home and add the food into my tracker. It's a great time saver to a great money saving strategy.

- Submitted by JENNY888 12/30/2010 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Thermoses are good for more than just coffee

When I'm running late in the morning and I don't have time to sit down and eat my breakfast, I make a serving of oatmeal in the microwave and dump it into a thermos. Granted, I can't drink it on the way to work, but the thermos keeps it warm until I get a chance to eat it.

- Submitted by HARMONB1 8/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Getting in your 8 glasses of water

I pre-measure in a pitcher my daily water intake and leave on the counter. Therefore I can see through the day if I am remembering to gt my water. Then I am not trying to get it all down at the end of the day. I also take a bottle water every time I leave the house and drink in the car.

- Submitted by LOLEMA 11/12/2010 in Staying Healthy | 1 Comment
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Consistent, not perfect

You don't have to be perfect - you just have to be consistent.

You'll get better results from 10 minutes of exercise a day, that you do consistently, than from 2 hours day, that you can only keep up for a week.

- Submitted by MOTIVATED-ME 11/8/2010 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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Using envelopes for note pads

Instead of buying note pads for things like grocery lists I save the envelopes I receive in the mail and use the backs to jot things down. I pay most of my bills on line so I get two envelopes out of each mailing ... the one the bill came in and the on for paying the bill.

- Submitted by TERRIEJO53 5/19/2010 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Beat Your Shoes Out The Door!

If I have the urge to work out, I grab my shoes and go outside to put them on. This way, I don't run the risk of sitting on the couch in front of the TV or at the kitchen table in front of another task . It makes it nearly impossible for that devil on my shoulder to tell me I have something better to do!

- Submitted by MISMOLUV 8/12/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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Find what works for you

If you don't like tofu, don't eat it. If you hate gyms, then don't go. Finding things that you like to do/eat but are healthy too will make it much easier to stick with.
Substitute healthier versions of your favourite foods, and find exercise that is fun for you. Remember, this is for life!

- Submitted by PRINCESS_TWISTY 5/26/2010 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Walking in the rain with your bathing suit on

I highly recommend walking in the rain with your bathing suit on...I have done it and it is fun! I was thinking next time...I should bring a bar of soap and kill two birds with one stone...I would not recommend walking in the rain if it is thundering or lightening though...walk on sparkers!

- Submitted by HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 6/7/2010 in Exercise | 5 Comments
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Baking soda...as a tooth whitener...

I drink alot of coffee and tea and have found that a little baking soda on my toothbrush with my regular toothpaste whitens nicely! emoticon

- Submitted by HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 6/3/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Do it, Then Feel Like it.

In spite of all your good intentions and all the measures you have taken to be consistent with exercise, you will get on a roll and then run into days when you don't at all feel like doing it. Don't think so much about how you feel. Just do it and your feelings will catch up, as well as results.

- Submitted by BBGOOGIN 6/3/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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