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If you want to stick to your diet, it is very important to plan a healthy menu, make a list, and stick to it when shopping. Stores are sure to put fattening and expensive treats on the end of an aisle and at eye level to get you to buy. Be sure to eat before you shop, to keep from impulse buying!
Turn the TV off and the stereo (iPod, radio) on. The TV requires you to sit still and watch. If you turn on your favorite music not only can you move around the house without missing anything. You are likely to dance through the house!!!!
Do you like to snack after dinner? Try brushing your teeth. It's a mental thing, when you brush your teeth your mind thinks it's the end of the day and you don't need to eat anymore. Plus, no one likes to get rid of that fresh-breath feeling :-)
It is amazing to see what you really eat when you write it down. What I find to be most helpful is the idea that it keeps me accountable and on track. When I am tracking my food intake I snack less and eat healthier. Being accountable for what you are doing so important to your success.
I listen to audio books while working out. It makes me workout longer because I want to get to that next chapter. Then I have certain books I only listen to while at the gym so it gives me the motivation to go workout because I want to finish that book.
Check in with someone every day to report progress, stalls, etc. Find someone completely supportive who will cheer you on! I found my cheerleader in a close coworker who I interact with all day long. She knows every part-pound and inch I've lost!
I believe that our emotions can take a toll on our weight! Be true to yourself and to God and don't let others bring you down! If someone doesn't have a good thing to say about you, then I say turn around and say something nice to that person and let them know that they are special!
The hint here is to workout without even realize it! Plan different things to do, like a day skiing, or snowshoeing, going on a hike, or a historical tour of your city. Make something different and fun, and you will exercise without that feeling "I have to workout"...
Run errands riding your bike if you can (even grocerie shopping). The amout of gas you save is amazing! I've been doing it for a while and I am really satisfied.