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base your meal around the vegetable

I love going to the grocery store and looking through all the purty vegetables...I find whatever looks the freshest, or the most colorful, or is unusual and I haven't tried before - first - before I decide on meat/starches.

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 12/5/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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never pass up a buddy

Anytime you are going to hang out with someone you haven't seen for a while - do something active. Take a walk, go bowling - whatever. So often, our social time revolves around food - switch it up!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 12/4/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments
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For Swimmers - keeping your workouts dry

I have a hard time remember an hour's worth of sets for my swim workout, but can't bring paper into the pool with me! Photo-style holiday cards make a GREAT "laminated" workout paper. I write on them in sharpie and they last through the water and chlorine!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 7/31/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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schedule your feedings ;)

When I first started tracking, I paid very close attention to WHEN I would want to eat, in addition to what I was eating. This information helps now - I try to pre-plan WHEN I am going to want food - that helps give a clue as to whether or not I'm really hungry or eating for another reason.

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/29/2010 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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track your food before you eat it

I input the food I *think* I am going to eat on sparkpeople before my day even begins. This way I can gauge where I might be liable to overdo it and can adjust my plans accordingly!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/27/2010 in Weight Loss | 10 Comments
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make your own circuit

I WANT to exercise for 30 minutes, but I get bored really easily. To combat this, I do 10 minutes on a treadmill, then switch to a bike and do 10 minutes there, and then switch to an elliptical and do 10 more minutes. It's much easier to keep going this way!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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don't tell your buddy if you can't make it

Make a plan to meet somebody at the gym at a certain time. Ask them not to tell you if they can't make it for some reason. This way, you HAVE to show up, because they could be counting on you, and there is less chance for you to back out if they do!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/26/2010 in Exercise | 1 Comment
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salt the leftovers

When I am out to eat and there is food left on my plate that I don't want to take home with me I pour salt alllll over it. It's too easy to move aside a napkin to keep nibbling, but I'm not going to eat it if there's too much salt!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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don't go home before the gym

I keep my gym bag in my car and go to the gym close by my work. If I stopped at home I wouldn't leave again to go work out!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 2 Comments
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listen to audio books

I like to keep my brain busy when I exercise, and music just isn't enough of a distraction. I listen to audio books on my ipod instead!

- Submitted by ROYABOYA 3/25/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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