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Password

When you need to reset your computer password, make it something positive, motivational, or something that makes you happy. That way you'll always start your day on a good note.

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Thinking Change

I've just started using the Nutrition Tracker on SparkPeople and caught myself thinking of my daily ranges for calories, carbs, fat and protein as "limits". That's so negative. Now I consciously think of those numbers as "ranges" - something to strive for. That's so much more positive, kind of li...

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Sandwiches

When I make myself a sandwich I like to pile high the lettuce so it looks like a dagwood. Then I cut it into an X so I have 4 sandwiches instead of 1.

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Get A Bigger Water Bottle

I keep a water bottle on my desk at work. Usually it's a 2.5 cup bottle, but lately I've noticed that I don't get up to refill it as soon as it's empty so by the evening I still have a way to go for my daily total. Now I keep a 1 liter bottle (slightly more than 4 cups) on my desk and I'm drinking...

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Soup

After fixing a big pot of soup or chili, I divide the leftovers into one or two lunch size containers for the freezer and the rest in a big bowl for the fridge when I clean up the kitchen. That way I have a variety to choose from for lunch and don't end up buying so many canned soups.

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Post It Notes

It's not really a secret since it is in the first chapter of The Spark book, but it REALLY is working for me. Spark Guy is telling his story and mentions putting a post it note with the number of days in a row he exercised. It eventually inspired a co-worker named Pat to do the same thing.

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Positive Thought

Last night I was trying to encourage my son to keep up his good homework habits and said

"A good habit is just as easy to cultivate as a bad habit".

That really hit a chord with both of us so now it's our latest positive reinforcement thought. Maybe you can use it too.

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Keeping Busy

In the evenings after dinner I like to do a craft to keep my hands busy. Right now I'm crocheting an afghan for my husband for Christmas. I find that if I'm just sitting there while the TV is on - trying to get interested in whatever hubby might be watching, I get bored and gravitate towards the p...

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