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Never used a pedometer?

If you've never tried using a pedometer and would like to, check your public library. Ours has them to loan out for free, for 3-week periods. I haven't tried it (I have a pedometer), but if you do make sure you get a manual to go with. The settings on pedometers all work differently.

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Want to try using a pedometer?

If you've never tried using a pedometer and would like to, check your public library. Ours has them to loan out for free, for 3-week periods. I haven't tried it (I have a pedometer), but if you do make sure you get a manual to go with. The settings on pedometers all work differently.

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Nutrition tracker

Pay attention to all the nutritional information on the nutrition page. My calorie intake was actually low, but my sodium very high, and I never reach the potassium level. It also shows specifically which foods are problematic - e.g. it never occured to me that cottage cheese would be that high in...

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Non-negociables

I identify my non-negociable things to accomplish each day, make a list, and check it often. That way, I'm not caught at the end of the day with 5 things not done and needed for tomorrow! This works for tasks, exercise, phone calls to make, preparing food for tomorrow's lunch, anything you can thi...

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Using that mini-fridge

When I make my hotel reservations, I always look for hotels with free parking, and a microwave and mini-fridge in teh room. I ask for an empty mini-fridge to be put in my room, and bring much of my own food so I know I can eat healthily and save money.

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Resisting the call of the carbs

Next time, to kick myself into remembering the improvement already from watching my nutrition, I'll pick up a 10 lbs bag of potatoes and walk around with it awhile, asking myself if that danish is worth it. I don't think it will take me long to figure out that it's not worth it!

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Buying 'just enough' in bulk

When buying in bulk for a specific recipe, bring your measuring cup and buy just enough for your recipe. This will avoid having small quantities of stuff leftover that you may not use.

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To drink more water

I find I drink more water if I'm drinking through a straw. I bought an insulated drinking glass that includes a cover and straw for this purpose. It helps me drink more water, doesn't leave water rings on tables, and saves me from washing loads of glasses during the day because I just re-use this ...

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Forbidden Food

Don't think of it as off limits; think of it as someone else's. You wouldn't go take food out of a stranger's plate in a restaurant, would you?

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Convenience food

Instead of buying pre-made food, we'll cook and freeze our own to control sodium and calories. For example, when on the BBQ, we'll thrown on extra chicken, then freeze it; great with salad, in chicken pot pie or with pasta. Or we'll cook 5 lbs of lean hamburger with onions and garlic, and freeze i...

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