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Reject the "All or Nothing" mentality!!

It is so easy to live with an "All or Nothing" mentality... BUT, it will discourage and defeat you!! Take one day at a time... if you mess up, don't fall apart... Jump back in and KEEP GOING!! We CAN do it!! WoooHooo....

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Walk your dog!!

We got two dogs this summer... and we LOVE THEM! They are so cute and fun, but the neatest thing is, they NEED to be walked, and it keeps me from making excuses for not exercising! The dog whisperer says a dog needs two 45 minute walks a day... that's a LOT of walking!

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Drink some V8 juice before a meal to help you eat less!!

Drink a cup (or a half cup) of V8 juice before your meal!! It will help fill you up, so you do not eat as much!! I have read about eating soup before a meal, but most soups have more calories than I like. V8 only has 50 calories in a cup (25 in a half cup) and you are getting some veggies too!!

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Keep Fruits and Veggies Handy!!

I buy fruit every week and fill a basket in my kitchen. I buy veggies and cut up and put in bags in the refrigerator for easy access!! Then when I feel like a snack or just want to munch on something... I eat a piece of fruit, or munch on some veggies!! Great way to stay on track!!

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Share a SMILE!!!

Share a smile with other people and you will see how it will brighten your day!! I hope to be remembered by my family and friends as one who has a joyful happy spirit!!

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Carry a small pack of sugar everywhere you go.

My mother lives with diabetes every day. It is a scary thing when someone you love has extreme highs or lows in their sugar. One thing I learned, is to keep a sugar pack on hand everywhere you go. If your blood sugar drops, and your teeth lock, a family member or friend can take the sugar and pou...

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Read an article a day to continue learning and stay motivated!

I love the articles on Spark People!! There is a wealth of information here, and it is all free!! Reading an article a day helps to teach me a little more about proper nutrition and exercise, and keeps me excited and motivated about what I am doing!! Little by little I am learning more and more.....

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Learn from mistakes... and jump back in!! (If you give up, you lose!)

The temptation with failure is to just give up and flounder in and out. We need to learn from our mistakes!! Take a step back... really examine our failures... then move forward again!! It is much like Spark People's "one step back, two steps forward." If you give up... you lose! So let's go!

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Join Swagbucks to make money while searching online!

I joined Swagbucks with a cautious leery attitude.. but I have made so much money from Swagbucks in the form of gift ecards on Amazon, Ebay, and many other places!! I make money just for searching the web!!
Try it!!

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Change Bathroom Towels Daily

We really need to change the towels in our bathrooms daily!! Towels can transfer germs from person to person... especially when only one person is sick!! Daily change the towel at the same time each day!! You can also use the old towel to wipe down the bathroom daily and keep it looking GREAT!

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