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I have an easier time starting a new habit if I hook it to an existing habit. I always brush my teeth twice a day, so... I have an electric toothbrush that times the "clean portion for 2 minutes." I do 30 squats in those 2 minutes while I brush my teeth. Then I do balancing exercises during the 2 ½ minute white cycle, and kegels during the 1 minute "polish" cycle. I always do these few minutes of exercise every night. It actually helps me sleep better, too. And now it's a habit.
I like to sneak in workouts while I am working to burn a few extra calories for the day. Sometimes I take a walk with the child that I watch everyday or sometimes I do a workout video or use my bosses elliptical when he is napping. Whatever I do I try i stay as active as I can through out the day instead of just sitting at my desk all day.
My secret to maintaining my weight is to always plan to eat at certain times so I'm never hungry. Getting over hungry not only makes me eat things that I shouldn't but sometimes gives me headaches. Also, plan exercise every day regardless even if it's only for a short time. I always exercise first thing in the morning and as I am going to sleep I figure out how much time I will spend and still be on time for the rest of my day.
I keep many different kinds of frozen vegetables on hand so I don't get sick of the same thing. Frozen veggies don't go bad and are more convenient than fresh. I do buy fresh in season. I live alone and had to learn how to have good choices on hand and not have to throw unused/spoiled food away.
Even when I'm not motivated I just keep moving. I make a big deal out of loading the washer and dryer, moving every part of my body that I can.I keep the soap on a high shelf so that I have to stretch to reach it. Same with things in the kitchen. Reaching and stretching every chance I get. When I'm shopping, I am really moving. I go the long way around to get to the aisles I need to go in. Those few extra seconds for each task add up to minutes that I don't miss.
I love specialty coffees when I go out with friends, or for a break at work. But they're all calorie laden, and they cost a lot too. But those specialty coffee places always have brewed coffee available with special treats you can add. For me, I like to dress mine up with a little soy milk, one packet of sugar, and either cinnamin or unsweetened chocolate powder. And if the place offers a discount for using one of their mugs, so much the better.
I am "secretly" attending weight watchers meetings to lose weight. This way I can eat what I want, still lose, and nobody is looking at me saying "I thought you were on a diet". It's not a diet, it's a life style change, and since nobody knows I don't have to worry about negative comments when I do eat, or mess up!