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Get a plan

Almost every time I have slipped up, it is because I didn't plan ahead. I know I am going on holiday next week and it is not going to be so easy to exercise or eat healthily so I am making a plan for how I am going to keep my healthy lifestyle outside my normal routine.

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It's your race

When I ran my first 5k, I struggled to keep up with the other runners. I wound up out of breath and extremely frustrated in the end.
My son (who is also a runner) noticed how defeated I felt even after accomplishing my goal and told me, "Mom, remember that it's your race. You and only you set th...

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Finish Each Day and Be Done With It!

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Lotion

When you think you are done with the bottle cut it in half and you will have at least a weeks worth of lotion that you were going to throw away. Now you can use it and save money

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Fighting the clutter

My Grandma always said, " Don't put it down, put it away!" When I remember her words and take that extra 30 seconds or so to put something away, I save myself a lot of time and energy later trying to find where I put it down. It also cuts down on the clutter factor considerably!

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left-overs on payday

I get paid by direct deposit and on payday I check my account online. Looking at the balance, I transfer any money left over from the previous payday into a savings account; even if it is only $20.00. You will be surprised at how fast this can add up. my savings account is actually a tax-free accoun...

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I thought you were right-handed!

Eating with your non-dominant hand not only forces you to slow down your eating, but focus on hand-eye coordination and strengthening the fine motor muscles and skills in that hand which can deteriorate as we age!

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