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Get your family to help you

When your trying to get organized, have everybody in the family use the same system. That way you can work together and if you have to, label your cabinets to show where everything belongs. That also helps if you have guests over who want to help with the dishes. I always accept help because of the...

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Ritual Habits Working for Me

I once had a habit of flossing and brushing right after supper to keep me from night eating. It got old very fast. Then I remembered that when I was weaning my son, I used to walk down to the end of our driveway where we had a Buddha statue with a cup. My boy would get out of his stroller and pour r...

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Ritual Habits Working for Me

I once had a habit of flossing and brushing right after supper to keep me from night eating. It got old very fast. Then I remembered that when I was weaning my son, I used to walk down to the end of our driveway where we had a Buddha statue with a cup. My boy would get out of his stroller and pour r...

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Satisfy a craving in small dose

Saying no forever to pastry and sweets was never in my game plan. Trying to do this would be unrealistic and a road to failure and desaster. Most of my trips into binging were after denying a craving until I can't resist anymore and then eating a full truck of it.

There was a important need t...

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Scroll Wheel Trick

I am always looking for keyboard shortcuts, rather than relying on clicks of the mouse to accomplish an action. Having had both wrists operated on for carpal tunnel syndrome, I shy away from the repetitive movement of using my index finger to click that left button on the mouse.

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Computer Generated Exercise Reminders

Exercise motivation--not my best skill. I downloaded new software, and I chose an app for my computer that signals to stretch for 15 seconds and take 10 minute breaks. I set the length of time 1-2 hours for the 10 minute breaks, and 15 seconds are about every 15 minutes. If you are really busy, th...

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Accountability, Work, Water, Prep

I make it public at work that I am eating healthy. This way when there are unhealthy snacks in the break room I am less likely to "cheat". Especially if prying eyes are around.
I will also advertise when I did not succumb to the tasty treats, shamelessly looking for a "good job!" from a co-wor...

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WRITE IT DOWN!

I know it seems elementary but my "secret" is to write everything down. Every BLT (Bite, Lick, Taste) when cooking, every binge (no matter how many calories consumed), literally every thing that goes into my mouth every day has to be written down. Binges have been dramatically decreased in frequency...

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Fit, Firm and Fired Up DVD with Nicole

This DVD from Spark People contains I believe five 10 minute workouts, which are no nonsense and really fun. There are also combined workouts for more time. A fifteen minute Cardio in a Crunch workout. They are very effective and quite doable. The only equipment you need is a yoga mat or some kind o...

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Share Your Journey

Previous times I've kept my journey notes confined to here at SparkPeople on my blog. This time around I've been much more public, sharing on Facebook and telling anyone who asks what/how I'm doing about SparkPeople. I have over a hundred people following my journey and encouraging me along the way....

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Autumn = Fall

So, there are four black walnut trees, one honey locust tree, and one apple tree in my backyard.

They all drop stuff!

Frustrated and just a little torked off, I'm telling myself, "I don't have time to clean all this up! I need to go for a run or a walk!" Yes, I actually thought th...

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