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Fat Free Feta

Add zing and a bit of protein and calcium to any vegetable for 15-20 calories for an 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons).

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Tired or distracted by gym music?

If you don't like the music or find it distracting, or even when just walking around the neighborhood, keep a steady pace by using a metronome. 60 is about normal for a resting heart rate and is a good pace for walking. As you become more fit, you can increase the rate.

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Positive diet reinforcement in your closet

As something gets too loose and baggy, including your shoes, toss them into a box in the back of your closet. When it is full, donate. Enjoy seeing your closet de-clutter and open up for new choices, like taking the stuff you've been saving out of storage!

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Efficient use of your freezer

Get more bang for your buck in freezer space. Other than frozen treats and ice cubes, your freezer should contain meals ready to reheat! Check out a book on cooking meals ahead of time and pack those meals into the freezer with re-heating instructions. On those busy days, check one out of the fre...

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Low calorie, healthy veggie topper

Fire Roasted Five Pepper Hummus from Harris Teeter. Use 2 Tablespoons (60 calories) to top a baked potato, pasta or spaghetti squash for a tasty alternative to high calorie or bland toppings. Stir into non-fat sour cream or yogurt for a veggie or chip dip.

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enjoy that store bought macaroni salad

I buy a pound of our favorite macaroni salad and toss it with a 1 pound bag of frozen veggies. try different veggies or mixes. no need to thaw. there is plenty of dressing for flavor, fewer calories overall, and you get in more veggies.

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"Easy" intervals

When watching tv on the bike at the gym, I keep a steady pace curing the program, then do "sprints" while the commercials are on. Some programs have the breaks evenly spaced, some make them closer together near the end. So I mix it up, but still get in the sprints.

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explore new cuisines and spices

exotic cookbooks from the library! use spark recipe calculator, explore new spices. you won't feel deprived because you are not eating the high calorie foods you were eating before. also the portions tend to be smaller when they are spicy. Last, but not least, share the ones you like with the res...

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