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Transforming Recipes from Food Shows!

I watch Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and Man vs Food. These shows are crazy and feature rich foods and ridiculous challenges. What I do is get the recipes then substitute healthier ingredients.

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Desk Workout

I am very fortunate to work at home, so when I am not on the phone I can sneak in a few squats, standing push ups or just walking in place. It helps to wake me up too!

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Courage

By logging in today, you've given yourself a gift. You've been brave. Give yourself the credit you deserve for putting yourself first and taking the risk to try again.

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Change your default

If your default is to eat comfort food to relax (especially at night!), change your default - switch to blogging, drinking herbal tea, working out or anything healthy..and make this your new default.

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Causes of Stress and Anxiety

Sugar can cause irritability and depression. You pancreas has to workovertime so dont use sugar as your pick me up, Also remember that fried foods and high fat foods and red meat will increase deprssion and stress.

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I love soups!

Every weekend I make a big pot of soup (chicken & rice, split pea, lentil, etc) with lots of good veggies. Then, during the week, when I come home from work starving I can heat up a bowl and it keeps me satisfied ( and away from the snacks) until dinner is ready.

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Realistic Workout Schedule

Be realistic when determining your workout schedule! When I first decided to exercise, I'd aim for 5 times/week. However, with a busy schedule, I'd usually miss 1 (sometimes 2). That would just make me feel unaccomplished and demotivated - even though I had worked out at least thrice that week!
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Talk and Walk

I enjoy talking on the phone especially because now that I am out of college a lot of my friends live far away. When my friends and I chat we can talk for an hour or even longer. Instead of chatting to them while laying on my bed, whenever someone calls for a talk I take my phone with me and go for ...

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20/20

My husband and I made a commitment to at least do the 20/20 workout everyday. 20 sit-ups and 20 pushups no matter what. We would get in bed and one would ask, did you do your 20/20? No would be the reply- usually for both of us so we would roll out of bed do our 20/20 and then get back in bed. T...

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Positivitity

Surround yourself with positive people and positive things will happen, surround yourself with negative people and guess what happens.

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