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Storage Containers Help with Portion Control

I invested a small amount of money in several sets of inexpensive plastic storage containers, especially the smaller ones that are equal to single serving sizes of 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup. When I am storing food, I fill the smaller containers to know automatically how much food is available for future portions.

- Submitted by STRONGFORLIFE 2/25/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Spread Out Your Meal

I tried the suggestion of Judith Beck, PhD, (The Beck Diet Solution) to serve myself the entire meal and spread it out in front of me. Seeing all the food helps me 1) feel more satisfied and 2) judge whether the portions are reasonable. In the past I've often eaten one item and then get the next item and so on. Putting it altogether helps me realize how much I am eating.

- Submitted by SLENDERELLA61 2/23/2011 in Weight Maintenance | 2 Comments
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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 wanted, while getting rid of some books I no onger had interest in.

- Submitted by KELLYAM42 2/21/2011 in Everything Else | 6 Comments
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Only Keep What You Wear

It's emotional torture to me to look at a closet full of clothes I can't wear. I take the things that are too small (or too big!) and try to sell them at a consignment shop. Whatever they won't take goes to Goodwill. These two places are where I buy my current sizes as well. I only allow myself to keep a few exceptions, but they must pass these rules: 1) I really love them and 2) I don't think I'll be able find them again once I reach goal weight. Why keep a too small plain blue T-shirt?

- Submitted by CATSDONTPRAY 2/21/2011 in Everything Else | 1 Comment
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cell phone

If you drop your cell phone in lets say a bucket of water/the sink, put the cell phone in a bowl of uncooked rice. The rice will absorb the water.

- Submitted by SMI4LEY 2/20/2011 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Sticky Zipper?

If your zipper gets stuck zipping up or down, rub a bar of soap on the teeth and voila! it'll work smoothly. emoticon

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/21/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Make it Known

i have found that if i let a few close friends know that i am working on myself, i am more motivated and positive with the situation and more apt to stay on track. When i didn't tell anyone, and attempted to do it myself, friends didn't know and offering me a large piece of cake or donut was nothing. Now that those close friend know that i'm working on myself, they don't offer me the big piece of cake but offer encouragement instead. Keep those close friends closer during this time.

- Submitted by THECOZE 2/19/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Having a lot of headaches?

If you get alot of headaches, it could be your bodies way of telling you, drink more water.
Your body needs plenty of water to do it's job.
If you wake-up in the morning thirsty, that means you are already dehydrated.

- Submitted by KMS2011 2/14/2011 in Staying Healthy | 2 Comments
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Omron Pedometer

I asked Coach Nancy if she could recommend a good low-priced pedometer, and sure enough, she did! She said it's an Omron Pedometer, and I could get it at Walgreens. Sure enough, it was on sale 1/2 price and I got it for $9.99!!! It works GREAT! (I got it beside the blood pressure products by the pharmacy) emoticon

- Submitted by LALASLAND 2/10/2011 in Product Reviews | 10 Comments
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Skinny Cow Dulce de Leche low fat ice cream

150 calories, 4 g fiber in a single serve 5.8 fl oz container. Such a delicious an satisfying treat A great secret weapon when I am trying to avoid other really bad dessert options.

- Submitted by JJSWBS2 2/5/2011 in Product Reviews | 5 Comments
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