If you have trouble getting motivated to work out, then pledge to raise money for a charity. There are several sites and charities that let you do this (Race for the Cure, World Vision, etc.). If someone who can't help themselves need the money you'd raise, then you'll be less likely to skip a workout.
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I have a hard time getting rid of clothes I haven't worn but "might someday" fit again, so I made a rule for myself. For every piece of new clothing I buy, I have to donate two pieces to charity. This makes me think twice about buying something on impulse, and it helps clean out my closet. The charities benefit too. :)
Take advantage of those charities in the malls that will wrap your gift(s) for a small donation. If you wrap the way I do, you take EVERY opportunity to have someone else wrap your gifts. If a store offers free gift wrapping, I take advantage of it. But it's really great to have use a charity to wrap your gift for you. The charity gets money, and your gift looks lovely!
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