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When an item that you use regularly goes on sale, go ahead and buy several. Don't wait to run out of something before you buy more. Chances are that it won't be on sale or have a coupon and you pay full price (i.e. more or your money into someone else's pocket).
If you have a craving that lasts a little while, go ahead and give in but only eat a piece of what you are craving. And no more than the serving size. To prevent you from going back and chowing down more, brush your teeth and keep some sugar free gum on you.
Being negative starts to become a habit. We pick at ourselves so much that we forget how far we have come and our good traits. I like to write on my mirror with a white board marker to remind me of the good things, although lip liner works too. :) Don't worry; it comes off easy.
Nothing sets my spirit free from my busy day like "Free Bird' by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It reminds me that exercise and a healthy lifestyle will help me "travel on" and will "unchain" me from the shackles of being overweight and unhealthy. It's one of the best transitions for me from work to exercise.
When the cravings are on your mind and you cannot get rid of them despite drinking all of your water, try brushing your teeth! I use a mint flavored toothpaste and am less inclined to want to eat after that. If the munchies are still on your mind, try chewing a couple of sugarless pieces of gum!
The most effective way to get active is to just get up. Get off the couch or out of bed, out of your desk chair. Stand up. Commit that you are going to work out. And then do it. It doesn't have to be a certain time of day, just Get Up!
I add extra fresh veggies to everything now. Everyone in my family loves broccoli so we eat it with almost every dinner. It can be a side, a main dish, added to pasta. I even made a pot of chili last weekend and added shredded carrots and broccoli (very finely chopped) just for the nutrients!
If I am having a "should I or shouldn't I" moment... I visualize myself at my goal weight doing something that I am unable to do right now. Then I ask myself, Would this choice I'm pondering, get me closer or further from my goal?9 out of 10 times, I make the right choice.
When you bring in your fresh veggies take a few minutes to prep them right then and there! If you have a lovely tupperware full of cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc. you will be more likely to reach for them and dip them in the hummus rather than the chips!! Smiley FACE!