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I found that I would order things I didn't need by getting a "really good" coupon in my email from a site I used in the past. Delete those "great offer" coupons from your email unless you already had planned a purchase from that vendor.
Remember, to lay things to rest at night--not just yourself, physically; but lay to rest those things of stress, strain, and temporary failure. In the morning, just as your body is refreshed; so should your life. Start anew, and plan a new day--a new life.
The great thing about Sparks is the recipe buider! I have entered all my favorite dishes and know exactly the number of calories,fat,fiber and sodium content of each dish...you can make changes according to the recipe to reduce calories and make it a healthy meal and then add it to your favorites!
After the initial excitement wears off, the commitment kicks in. To stay the course, you have to know WHY you want to lose weight. Is to go off meds? Wear "skinny" jeans? Play with your kids? Whatever your reason, make it YOUR own. Write it down and put it somewhere you can see it.
You know after a BIG workout at the gym you get home and fell like you can eat a horse (to restore your body's energy.) Anway I always make myself a big salad for lunch, w/carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatos, protein and maybe cheese. I also have fruit after.