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Join a Challenge!

Backsliding IS inevitable. When I came back to SP, I'd track breakfast, maybe a snack or two, but rarely got my full day's nutrition in (not to mention activity). THEN, I joined a couple of challenges with the spark teams I'm in. I haven't missed tracking meals and snacks AND I'm getting my exercise...

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Save money making a single cup of coffee

I'm the only coffee drinker in my household. A full pot of coffee encouraged me to drink more than I wanted/needed. The single cup coffee makers (like Keurig) seemed expensive. And don't get me started on "premium" coffee shops!

I started making a coffee concentrate with 1 scoop coffee in 2 ...

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Serve "restaurant" style

Serve your meal "restaurant" style instead of "family" style. Put only 1 serving on your plate and leave the rest in the kitchen. Then the site and smell won't tempt you to eat more than you allocated. . .

AND no snacking when packing up the leftovers for a second meal.

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Punch up your breakfast cereal

If you are like me, the protein goal is the hardest nutritional element to meet. To help me meet that goal, I add 1oz or so of walnuts or almonds to my breakfast cereal in the morning. Whether it's a cold or hot cereal, the crunch and protein (not to mention omega-3s) are welcome!

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"Compression" Sports Bra

If your "compression" type (pullover, no hooks) sports bra has seams, wear it inside out. That is the smoothest side and won't leave seam marks on your skin. Besides, only you will know it's inside out!

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workout calendar

I put my "workout" calendar on my desk. Each day I can cross off the workout when I've completed it. At the end of the week/ month I have a visual record of my accomplishments!

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My SparkSummary Calendar

Use the link on your Start page to "my spark summary calendar" You can see quickly your calories, activity and sparkpoints over time. Great for motivating you to keep up the good work!

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Use a Sponge Mop to clean the bathtub

I have a sponge mop dedicated to the bathtub. Then I don't have to bend over so much to clean.

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Unsweetened Tea

I've read that tea (black and green) are good for you, but if the regular teas are too bitter for you, try fruit teas.

Twinings (and others I'm sure) have tea bags like "Mixed Berries". The fruit flavor makes the tea less bitter without sweetners.

I drink mine cold! Drink up!

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Freeze the Turkey Drippings

After cooking a turkey, remove the fat from the drippings and then freeze the drippings in the old ice-cube trays. Then you have a measured amount you can drop into a quick noodle soup, a small serving of gravy. This gives you more control over fat and sodium than buying canned broths.

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