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I purchased a new 32 ounce water bottle and Pur water filter from Walmart. I do not buy sodas for my family and everyone drinks Crystal Light, even the kids. I fill my cute little pink water bottle full of crystal light and carry it everywhere. It's my new best friend. By afternoon, I have my 64!
I substiute salsa for salad dressing alot of days. 2 Tbsp of Salsa only has about 15 calories. This is 25% the calories found in many fat-free varieties of dressing and an even smaller fraction of the calories in regular dressing. Fewer to no additives either depending on the type you buy.
We have a spending plan (budget). On payday, I go to the bank and get certain budget categories out in cash: food, clothes, allowance, fun, gifts and haircuts. Having a plan and using cash is huge! And, allowance for grown-ups (we call it "mad money") helps to keep adult wants in check too.
I work out every morning on my recumbent bike. I have found on my satellite receiver a game called bugs. I play this game while I work out and for get about the time. Have even been late for work a few times. Don't know what I will do if that old receiver ever dies!
I recognize within myself a great need for laughter. I've found that's the fastest way to end my pity party. Whether I'm laughing at my own weaknesses and mis-steps or at something else, I find myself refreshed and ready to regroup and begin again.
I give myself a non-food reward everyday that I exercise or stay on track (including rest days). On my hanging calendar, I give myself one sticker for every workout, rest day, goal met... it's amazing what a filled calendar looks like filled with stickers and how it makes you feel.
When faced with choice of tempting foods, I visualize the ingredients, i.e. French Silk Pie ingredients: white four. Lard, water, salt, butter, raw eggs, chocolate, sugar, vanilla. 4 servings of cream! Opt for fresh fruit, dipped in dark chocolate, 2 strawberries, perfect!