Have a craving, chew a piece of gum. I personally prefer strong mint flavored gum, Trident White to be exact, which gives the added bonus of whitening my teeth. It's also a great way to deal with those times when you want to stress eat.
Its hard to alter your lifestyle if you don't think you are worth the effort. Take time every day to write down good things about yourself and the good things you do daily. It doesn't matter if they are physical, mental or spiritual. The deeper you dig, the more you will find you are worthy!
Know that unless we are not willing to forgive others, we ourselves will not be forgiven.
When I freeze left over meat, I weigh it before putting it into a container. I put a small sticker on the container with the weight, so when I use it later I know how much is there, and don't have to estimate.
I just got the Polar FA20 (a watch device that counts calories burned, activity levels, etc.). The awesome part is that you wear it 24/7 & it counts activity you do in your day-to-day life. You can set a target cals burned u want to acheive & then get on w/your day. It'll beep once u hit ur goal!
When you're first getting started, listen to the messages your give yourself. Instead of "shoulding" or "needing" or "having" yourself to lose weight or get healthy, reclaim your power and make a choice. Choose to take care of yourself. Choose to be healthy. Choose be happy. Choose to lose weight.
When weighing food, I put a piece of plastic wrap on the plate or scale before adding the food, then you can wrap it up and take it with you and the plate/scale doesn't get dirty.
I used to dive into purchases as soon as I got home from the store & hit buffets like a wild woman. Then it occurred to me- this wasn't the last time I would ever eat this stuff & the food would still be there tomorrow. Repeating this "motto" to myself really helped me learn to eat in moderation.
My all natural, money saving, laundry detergent recipe: 1/4 Castille soap, 1/4 cup Washing soda, 1/4 Borax. In a very dirty load, I also put 1/4 cup OxyClean.
Fabric Softener: 1/2 cup of White vinegar with a few drops of lavendar essential oil added.
I make Oatmeal every morning. I use the Old Fashioned Quaker Oats but I still microwave it. I use 1/2 cup Oats and 1 cup water and cook for 2 minutes. I have a canister that I store the Oatmeal in and I also keep a 1/2 cup measuring cup in there too..makes preparing it that much quicker.