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Workout first, then Shower

Who doesn't love being squeaky clean? Every morning I allow showering to be my reward for a minimum 20 minute workout. If I don't workout, then I can't shower which means I have to go to work dirty, etc etc etc - see the picture? I wouldn't just be blowing off a workout - I'd be blowing off the wh...

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Eating out? Make your own LEMONADE!!!

I keep a small box of Truvia (stevia plant all natural sweetener) in my purse, and an individual packet of Truvia in my wallet. When I eat out, rather than order the sugary lemonades offered on the menu ( which are usually made by mixing lemonade syrup and water), I order a large glass of water and...

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Methodically Tracking your Progress

The first Friday of each month I document my progress in pounds & inches (chest, abdomen, waist, hips, left thigh, right thigh, left calve, right calve, left arm, right arm) in a table I created for the whole year. I also keep a separate day planner where I check in how I'm doing on a daily basis. ...

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28 Days to Success - New Month Resolutions

Research has shown that it takes people approximately 28 days to pick up (or leave) a habit. Instead of making resolutions for the new year, why not aim to make a total of 12 resolutions for the whole year? Decide what change you want to make each month, and start on the first day of the new month...

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Motivational Mantra

Begin your day by keeping a positive motivational mantra in mind. Every morning before I do anything else - checking the time or hitting "snooze" - I close my eyes, take a few deep breaths, smile (thinking of my husband laughing brings a huge smile to my face), and repeat the following mantra:
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Curve your hunger with the 20-12-6 RULE!!!

It takes about 20 minutes for chemicals in your body to signal your brain when you're full. By eating 20 peanuts, 12 almonds, or 6 walnuts with a glass of water 20 minutes before a meal, you can naturally trigger the release of these chemicals. You'll end up eating less!!! This is an especially h...

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Invest in Yourself!

For every pound I lose I put five $1 bills in a large shoe box. The more I lose, the bigger my pile gets and the more motivated I feel. Once I reach my weight goal, I plan to go on a shopping spree for a new (and hard-earned) wardrobe!!!

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Compliment a stranger

Sometimes the best way to get in a positive mindset is to say positive things. Don't be afraid to compliment strangers as they pass you by the street. Not only will you brighten someone's day, and have a brighter outlook yourself, but you might also make a new friend!

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Morning Cleanse and Hydration

Every morning as soon as I wake up I drink 4-6 cups of water before eating anything. I consider it my morning "cleanse" and start to a new day of eating healthy and exercising. Not only do I get a great morning hydration, but I also am reminded to do well that day.

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Double Up my fellow big chested ladies

I recently discovered the wonderful secret to keeping the ladies put when I do jumping/running motions... DOUBLE UP ON THE SPORTS BRAS!! :D I'm so happy i can run again, pain-free!!!

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