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Keep your eyes and ears open and you'll be amazed what you can find! I have fitted out a home gym for a total investment of $60. That's an electronic computerized treadmill from the thrift store for $35 (and the money went to a great cause!), a free Total Gym from Craigslist, a pair of five pound, $4 handweights from Goodwill, some used exercise videos for $6, and a tiny TV to watch them on from a yard sale for $10. I picked a couple of odds and ends at Ross, and Voila!
It may sound silly, but I use teaspoons instead of tablespoons. It tricks your mind into thinking you've eaten a much larger portion than you have. Sure, it takes longer to eat a bowl of soup or cereal, but that just gives your tummy more time to feel full.
Once a week, I spend an afternoon pre-prepping my vegetables. Instead of baggies, I always use Tupperware or rubbermade style containers. It's just so much easier to stack flat-bottomed containers than baggies! I make sure whatever I use has clear or translucent sides so I can see what's in the fridge at a glance. It cuts down on waste, too. Nothing gets "lost" in a recycled, opaque cottage-cheese container!
I keep a couple of sets each of measuring spoons and measuring cups. That way, if I'm cooking and my teaspoon gets wet, or full of sour cream, I don't have to stop, run to the sink, wash and dry it. I just grab another one and keep going.
I keep a binder in my car with the Nutrition Fact printouts for all of the fast food and chain restaurants in my neighborhood. I can easily check for calories, fat and carbs before I walk through the door or get in the drive through line.
Visiting the Farmer's Market is a great thing. All the produce is super fresh and local, and you're likely to find goodies you've never tried before. The growers always have recipes and ideas for what they grow - as well as samples! Another plus? You get to meet lots of neighbors.
When I get those evening munchies - those times when I'm watching TV and craving chips or something - I eat unshelled sunflower seeds. I eat them one at a time, and that really seems to fulfill the hand-to-mouth thing, the crunch thing, and it's low cal, low fat and inexpensive!
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