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10,000 Steps

I find that wearing a pedometer all the time the best way to get in my 10,000 steps. I find myself parking far away, walking while talking on the phone, taking things to co-workers rather than dropping it in the mail. It all adds up to extra steps and extra calories burned.

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Freeze Your Water Bottle

Here in Las Vegas, temps max out at around 115 in the summer, but stay above 100 for most of June-September. To keep cool and hydrated during my summertime walks, I take a completely frozen bottle of water with me. It starts melting within about 5 minutes, so I have water available to drink when I n...

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How to minimize Salad Dressing w/out losing the flavor!

I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!

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Baked tomato as a snack?

Tomatoes with a sprinkle of part skim mozzerella and toasted almonds. Just slice tomato, add cheese and almond slivers and bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

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Trick Your Brain with Soup

Begin your meal with a bowl of cold gazpacho or a broth-based soup, and your calorie intake for the whole meal will plunge by up to 20%, research suggests. Liquid fills you up, so you're less likely to overeat. And remember to sip the soup slowly as it takes the brain about 20 minutes to register ...

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Reward Yourself with Experiences

I'm learning to replace food rewards (go to the gym and you get a cookie) with experiences that help me feel good. Now, it's go to the gym and you get a bubble bath; walk an hour and you get a half hour to yourself to read; hit the next 5-pound goal and take yourself and a friend to the movies or on...

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Method to my Housekeeping Madness

I have finally gotten into a 10 minute routine with my bathroom and bedroom housekeeping. I have a set of cheap handtowels for housekeeping (in a different color). After my shower, I spritz the shower with my vinegar solution, sponge the wall and tub, straighten up, dry off the shower wall with my...

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saving water

Before taking a shower, turn the water knob to "hot" and fill a clean gallon bucket with water until the water turns hot. You won't have to waste the cold water. Use it to water plants instead of the drain..

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Just Do It!

As the queen of procrastinators I've begun to realize that I just have to remind myself "Just do It!" because if I wait until later, "Baby, it ain't gonna happen:(

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sugar snap peas

I snack on them all the time. They have hardly any calories and no fat.

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