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Declutter and Help Others

Once a month I fill a plastic egg crate with items I don't need and donate it to the Salvation Army or another local thrift store. It's a good way to get rid of clothes that no longer fit (hopefully due to weight loss) and it helps those in need. Other items are also helpful - the towel with the b...

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Tired of regular races?

If you're a runner and have been racing (or if you've never raced), try some of the novelty runs they have now. Mud runs, color runs, and electric runs all give you a chance to run just for fun, but still have the community and celebration that racing provides.

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Herbal Tea

If you don't like the taste of water and you don't want to use too many of those Crystal Light-type packs with artificial sweeteners, try herbal tea! Most have no calories and no caffeine, so you can count them towards your water intake. Plus, there are dozens if not hundreds of flavors to choose ...

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Wishlist

If you have a favorite activity (running, walking, cycling, Zumba, yoga, etc.), then there will be stuff you can buy that make the activity more enjoyable. Set yourself up an Amazon or other wishlist of fitness gear, clothing, and books, and on the comments list a goal, such as losing 10 pounds for...

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Set a Goal and Reward with Reading

If you like to read, when you meet a fitness goal, get a subscription to your favorite fitness or sports magazine for extra motivation. You can find inexpensive subscriptions on discount sites online. Some to check out are Fitness, Health, Runner's World, etc. Just whatever you like to do!

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Hand Sanitizer

Buy some small little hand sanitizers to keep around the house. Scented is good if you're not sensitive. I find it helps me to remember to use them more. Also keep them in your purse or on your keys with a keychain that you can get with them. I even get the small ones to leave around the workpla...

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