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I had to write down my big goal. Then the steps that would get me there. Each week I would add a goal as well as keeping previous goals. ie. drinking 8-10 glasses of water, then 8-10 glasses of water + 5 servings of fruit 7 veggies. Then getting steps etc.
Take your time utilize all the information and help on SparkPeople.com. I'm still learning new things every day and continue to re-read motivational and quotes to keep myself in the right frame of mind to be successful. I still struggle with eating certain meals, but I know in order to lose weight I need to plan ahead and make it a top priority.
I hate doing dishes, so I rinse off everything I have used, before anything gets a chance to dry harden on. Then I neatly stack it all into piles, plates with plates... This way I only have to fill the sink once a week.
I just stand up from my computer chair and STRETCH UPWARD. I try to stretch every muscle from standing on my toes up to my fingers overhead. Time depends on how long it takes to move all those muscles, but it doesn't take long. And I feel energized!
My body had gotten used to my usual walks. 40 minutes a day, but the same old same old wasn't getting the same results. So I had to bite the bullet and go back to the gym. Since I've added just two workouts a week of higher intensity, I've been able to start the downward trend again.