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Jean says Lisa needs to find an activity to replace her old shopping habits, so she puts Lisa on a pedometer plan—every time Lisa gets the urge to shop, she has to walk instead.

Although shopping makes Lisa happy, Jean says that walking 10,000 steps a day is a much healthier way to boost your mood. So far, the walking is paying off. "It's kind of challenging to try to get to that 10,000 steps a day, so it's like a little competition within myself," says Lisa.

The more Lisa walks, says Jean, the more it will feel like a natural part of her life. "It's not so much that she's breaking the shopping habit," Jean says. "She's replacing it with a good habit. And research has shown you have to do anything 21 times in order to make it a habit."

More from Oprah's Debt Diet 
FROM: The Debt Diet: Part 4
Published on January 01, 2006
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