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When I'm cooking I chew on a piece of sugar free gum. This keeps me from "tasting" as I'm cooking, as I'm usually pretty hungry. I would estimate two 5 calorie pieces of gum (dinner and lunch) save me 50-100 calories a day!
To help me get up and go to the gym in the morning, I set my alarm and place it all the way across the room. I also leave my exercise clothes beside my bed. When my alarm goes off I have to get up to shut it off so since I am already up I just get ready and go right to the gym :)
I think Variety is the key! Mix things up and get a variety of wholesome foods and a variety of exercise. this way you always get good nutrition foods and you dont get bored of exercise. Also dont be afaid to try new things...
Celebrate ALL victories no matter how small they are! Even the smallest victories are steps in the right direction. A step in the right direction still leads you further down the path in this journey! By focusing on those small steps you build self confidence and motivation!
If I find myself in a lack luster mood. Not really wanting to work out. I tell myself, let's just run down to the corner. This is only about 300 yards for me. I get to that corner and then repeat the statement. Just to that next light pole! Over and over until I find myself on mile 10!!
Every Sunday morning, I spend about 30 minutes looking ahead at my week and then make my menu and shopping list. If I know I have sports practices at 5:30, I know it's a crockpot night. If we have a game out of town, I'll make "sack dinners" to eat on the way thus avoiding Mcdonalds.