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I think one of the more important things that really helped me that doesn't seem to get a lot of attention in articles here is a simple food scale. So many foods are hard to measure without one! Grapes, watermelon, meats, and a lot of other fresh foods, which is the kind of food you WANT, all become very easy to track. It's a great tool :) On a side note, measure all other foods, as well. Like use measuring cups and measuring spoons when required. Make it a habit.
Decorate a box and put all of your wishes and prayers in it. Be as specific as possible. For example instead of "I want to lose weight." Change it to: "I am at my desired weight goal." Put all of your health goals and wishes in it. "I love the taste of fruits and veggies." You can be as creative as you want to, and use affirmation statements as if they have already came true. Review your wish box daily and have faith, you may be surprised how you're inspired to make your wishes a reality.
At work I need to get up and take a restroom break a few times a day. Once I get up out of my chair I use it as a reminder to do some walking around at a quick pace before sitting back down. a quick 10 minute walk gets in some of my 10,000 daily steps and gets me energized for what I need to do next.
Starting my day with this simple recipe, sets the tone for better choices throughout the day. The basic recipe starts with 1/3 - 1/2 C. eggwhites and 1 C baby spinach. Add fresh or leftover veggies, sauteed in spray oil. I like zucchini/summer squash, mushrooms, onion, sweet red/yellow peppers. Add some type of lean meat (like turkey breast) - 1 to 2 oz. chopped. Other great additions, pico de gallo, black olives, or parmesan cheese. Any combination makes a great start for your day.
After 21 yrs of suffering mobility issues, post motor vehicle accident, I began working with a Physical Therapist who knows what he is doing(finally). I also began using Spark People! With the support and info provided here I was able to apply what I need to not only lose the weight I need to but to get healthy and fit at the same time. When I began PT I had a range of motion of 0 degrees of my left ankle. Today? I was ased if I would like to be discharged for my birthday!