I add a half cup or a cup of frozen veggies to everything - soups, chili, stews, even spaghetti sauce! Doesn't add many calories and you up your servings of veggies without even noticing. Also fills you up faster.
I can't always control the cooking in my house. So when it's a one dish meal someone else made, I use a 1 cup measuring cup. I usually add a salad or vegetable for a side. For a to go option, use the snack size gladware (they hold about 9.5 oz) for a lunch portion. Easier to put in a lunch box too.
Whenever I start to lose hope, I write down all the great things I'm doing for myself. Sometimes we forget that it's not just about the destination (which in this case is getting fit and sexy), it's also about the journey.
You'll always be ready to fit in a workout if the opportunity presents itself.
Went to a $1 Earth Day sale this morning at the local hipster / vintage store. Had to simultaneously root through bins of $1 clothing items and fight off the vultures trying to poach my awesome loot. Am now EXHAUSTED and thinking that's my cardio for the day...
Happy Earth Day!
1. Focus on positive self-talk. Congratulate yourself every time you take a step towards your resolution goal. Be your own best cheerleader.
For solid foods, I try to measure by the gram, with an electronic scale, whenever possible. It is the most precise unit of measurement, and is especially important with calorie dense foods, like almonds.
I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!
I put about a cup of vinegar in a small bowl. Put it in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes. Afterward, the microwave beeps I take a rag and clean the microwave. The inside "crummy" stuff just comes off with a swipe of the rag!