I was a 'lurker' on SparkPeople for a long time; I read but I did not get connected. It wasn't until I started commenting in forums and on other people's blogs that I really started having success in my efforts to change my life. It's the people here that make the biggest difference. Get connected!
Write down EVERY LITTLE THING you eat and drink, and its caloric content. Make sure you do not go over your calorie/fat/carb/etc count for the day.
No matter what the previous day was like, I get up with the attitude that I can succeed today and accomplish what needs to be done.
I broke this habit months ago and only have a soda once or twice a week now. Strated by only drinking diet sodas, then organic sodas, and now an occasional.
To lose weight, multiply your present weight by 11 and subtract 500 calories from the total. This is how many calories you can have each day to lose 1 pound per week. Recalculate every Saturday at weigh-in.
The right music can keep you focused and on track while working out. For me, I spent a good hour going through all my music and deciding which songs were at the proper pace for my workout speed. After that, I arranged the music in a way that would motivate me while I workout at the gym.
I visualize...focusing in on a single body part which, for me is usually my belly because I want a fit flat belly so badly. I close my eyes and can see myself as the FIT version of me, I WILL be! I get excited and motivated by seeing this image in my mind; I'm ready to go out to make it happen!
Get up at the same time everyday. If it's a running day, run. If it's not - do something else productive around the house. This keeps my sleeping patters consistent and makes it easy to get up for my workouts!
I find that when I feel hungry even a couple of hours after a meal, I'm really just thristy! That's right - if you feel a craving or unsatisfied, try drinking a tall glass of water instead. Works for me!