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To me it is the loss of body fat that is important. That and inches. If I weigh 175 lbs and I fit into my 32 inch waist pants comfortably, I am a happy camper. I have to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, it is not to me the weight, rather where it is on my body and how my clothes fit.
If we know we need changes to look and feel better, we plant the seed in our hearts and mind to keeping our eye on the prize no matter how long it is going to take us....time is not important if we work each day toward the prize.We will be motivated in the process.
To get my much needed water in everyday I use my prettiest glass. Instead of putting water into something plastic, I choose to use a pretty glass, mine holds 16oz plus ice and has colorful dots on it. That glass makes me feel like my water is a special drink rather than something boring!
When I realize I have reached my full limit, but there is still yummy food on my plate (and I normally would keep eating until it was all gone) I reach for a condiment on the table (like salsa, pepper, be creative!) and cover the rest of my food with it so it forces me to not go back and munch!
I recycle the foaming soap dispensers from bath and body works. I use dr. bronner's castille soap in the old soap dispenser (THE FOAMING TYPE OF DISPENSER) and I dilute the soap with mostly water.... say 1 part soap and six parts water. This is a very economical soap and smells great.
Before, I used to work out like crazy and eat barely anything while I did not lose very much. Little did I know, I was eating way too late. Now, even on days when there is no time to exercise or eat that well, I make sure to eat earlier than 8pm. The earlier the better. Try it and you will lose!