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Get More Vegetables

Preparing vegetables in a way you REALLY like them will help you make a good choice more often.

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Pickles

Eat more pickles.

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Hamburger - Seriously

I hope I don't get slammed for this, and whether it is healthy is arguable.
For a few weeks now I started to eat a hamburger per day. 390 calories. One meal. Substitutes for dinner. No distractions preparing a meal. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables for the rest of the day. Makes me stay withi...

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Never Give Up

When I weigh in for the week and the number on the scale isn't the one I wanted to see, I don't freak out over it, I don't beat myself up or decide to give up. Instead I take a good long look at myself in the mirror and find five things that I like about my body. Five things that I didn't like BEFOR...

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trading books

When I moved, I had a ton of books that I really didn't need anymore, but still wanted new ones. I found a site- swap.com, where I can list the books I have and the books I want and it sets up a trade between members. All you do is pay for shipping. I like it a lot. I've gotten some things I really ...

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Just Say No

It is hard. In the past I have not had much will power, but now I want to lose weight more than I want to eat things that are bad for me.

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Exercise while talking on the phone

Instead of sitting or standing still while talking on the phone, I try to do a little exercising like marching or running in place. I have a cordless phone so sometimes I walk from one end of the house to the other or walk up and down the stairs. It's amazing how many calories you can burn during ...

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Soup without the high sodium

With having flu this week I didn't have much of an appetite.
I took a can of chicken noodle soup and added 3 cans water instead of one.
Stir fried some frozen peas, carrots and onions and added them to the soup for extra nutrition.
Very tasty without the concentrated salt.

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Use Two Plates

Place a small plate on top of a regular size plate-have fun and try 2 different colors. Makes portions appear larger than they are and every person at the table has the same size plate. Using a salad fork works well. slows eating since less is placed on the salad fork making it seem your eating mo...

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Hope is not a plan.

Sorry Big "O", hope is not a plan. After not being active for almost a decade, I committed to a basic plan of getting back in shape. Starting from a basic framework, i received additional guidance from professionals and others that helped fill in the details. This includes a referral to the won...

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