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I find that when I avoid wine, I lose weight. It's not rocket science. After a couple glasses of wine, I eat unhealthy foods or too much food. I usually have wine on weekends, but then I find that all my week long efforts and weight loss are squashed by my weekend antics. Not worth it.
For newbies: I set very small goals for myself in my exercising. I give myself small increments of time to meet: 15 minutes on this machine today and then add 5 or 10 minutes after that. Or, run to the mail box up the street and then the next mailbox tomorrow.
If you're struggling with your workouts, feeling overwhelmed with stress, not sure where to get advice from or just plain need someone to talk to, ask for help. Knowing someone is on your side can be the biggest help!
I paid for several sessions with a personal trainer at the YMCA. She showed me that I was not really pushing myself hard enough and started me with an appropriate strength training prgram. Now my resting level during cardio is what I used to consider my "high" level.
This might sound silly but to help me focus on getting all of my water down I take a sip for every pet I have ever owned. Sometimes I switch it up by making a silent toast to departed friends & relatives OR a silent toast to others who have made a difference in my life.