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Eat at home

Need I say more than that? Eating out is fattening even when you are diligent. The calories pile up.

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Just do it.

That's all there is to it. Stop coming up with excuses. This is your life.

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Weigh your peanut butter and hummus

You will be surprised how much smaller a correct portion really is.

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Make Use of Exercise TV availlable on Cable

You can select quick 10 minute exercise sessions like working on your abs and 20 minute cardio sessions. There is so much variety that you should never get bored. Many people don't realize that this is available to them.

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Surround yourself with healthy choices and signs

Fill your fridge with food and vegetables. Print healthy recipes. Put up pictures that motivate you. Buy magazines that encourage good habits and that motivate you. Fill your house with positive images. Put dumbbells by the sofa. Make it impossible to fail!

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Look at yesterday's food log!

Look for changes you can make Evaluate what you could have done better and apply those lessons today.

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Measure your food!

Don't eyeball it. I was surprised how much hummus I was consuming. 2 tablespoons is not that much. Don't fool yourself. Get out those measuring cups and your scale. It will make a huge difference.

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Pick one thing to work on today

Pick just one thing you want to focus on today and then do it. It could be anything- walk more, drink more water, up your fruits, get more sleep.
Just make that your goal for the day and then pick a new one tomorrow.

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Need a mood changer- DANCE!!

Dance for 5 minutes or 10. Dance without inhibition, play your favorite song and go wild, hop around, swing your arms, shake your hips. You will feel totally revived and burn a few calories.

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Tricks for adding veggies

Add chopped red, orange and yellow peppers to a meat sauce made from lean ground turkey for a healthy pasta with meat sauce. I even shop up zucchini and add it to the sauce.

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