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We all know to drink our 8 8-oz glasses a day, and we all have different methods - mine is really simple. Instead of sipping it, every time I pick up my cup, I take 2 or 3 really big swallows. It sounds silly but I end up getting WAY more than my 8 glasses in every day as a result!
I am prone to flashes of anxiety, and I've found that if I do 30 push-ups (modified, regular, or wall), that forces me to regulate my breathing and focus on something else. By the time I hit 30, usually, the "flash" has passed, and I've done something physically positive for myself as well!
I'm not a naturally positive person (especially about myself!), so I have to put "feeling hopeful" on my to-do list! When you wake up each morning, before getting out of bed, think of one thing you have to look forward to in the day. A little hope goes a LONG way!
HIDE your credit cards! It can be really hard to cut down on using credit cards, especially if you're first starting out in a journey to stop using them altogether. If you need them for an emergency, you'll have them, but if they're out of sight, they're out of mind (and wallet).
Kids of all ages can help and learn in the kitchen - the smallest kids can tear lettuce for salads, wash vegetables, or stir things in bowls. Talk about what you're doing - kids love to talk about the kinds of food they like best, and what they are most looking forward to enjoying in a meal.
Every evening after dinner, set out the things you will need for the morning. Lay out clothes, arrange breakfast items, place bags to take in next to the front door. Doing it the night before can shave huge amounts of time off your morning routine!
If you're tired of your same old music standbys, consider downloading FREE podcasts to keep you moving - there are many free podcasts that include music intended to keep you at a certain heart rate or that offer motivational cues at certain intervals.
Like a particular SP bootcamp so much that you're actually a little sad when it ends? Keep going! Most bootcam[ groups stay very active long after the original challenge ends, complete with day-to-day videos. I've been doing the jumpstart bootcamp cycle myself four times now!
When entering debits or checks written into your register, round up to the next nearest whole dollar - over the course of many transactions, you'll find yourself socking away hundreds of dollars a few never-missed cents at a time! I have saved about $500 dollars in two years!