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Extra exercise

I make extra trips upstairs putting things away. I carry items, sometimes one at a time, to get extra steps each day.

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Shower Caps-A new use

If you happen to stay in a hotel that provides shower caps, take the unused one home in the package. Use to cover leftovers in the refrigerator. The elastic holds the plastic in place and most of these will fit larger bowls.

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Sharing extra garden produce

We put out a large garden each year. We take the extra produce that we cannot use to our congregation and
share with the older members who can no longer
garden for themselves. It feels good!

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Toning down the sodium in sauerkraut

To cut the sodium in homemade or boughten sauerkraut,
drain brine, rinse and then add 1/2 cup apple juice. It removes the sour taste and adds a light and delicate flavor.

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Using ground ginger

By using ground ginger, you can cut the amount of sugar you use by half. I use 1/4 teapspoon of ginger and reduce the sugar by a cup. It still taste just as good as the ginger makes you taste sweetness without adding sugar.

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Staying positive!

I talk myself up! If I think I am too tired to do one more thing, I give myself a mental shake and make the effort. One more block, one more repetition or one more household chore. The feeling of satisfaction is huge!

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Exercising daily

Cardio and strength activities every day are a must. Even with a busy lifestyle, it is important to be active everyday. Change up my routines to keep it fresh and make sure that I have at least 30 minutes of cardio every day.

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Nutrition Tracking

Tracking what I eat for every meal and snack is essential for
me. It keeps me accountable and on top of my program. I
know how many calories I have consumed and can plan and budget for a special meal and stay in my calorie range.

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