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Numbers come hard to me, especially calories. I've learned to label my food groupings with the calories involved as well. For instance, instead of (milk and cereal), I now have "Milk and Cereal 195." I have a food group named "GLOP" which is now "GLOP 250." By listing the calories with the food group, it's easier for me to remember how much I'm eating without having to go into the collection itself. (I haven't tried this with my "favorites," but that's next.)
Setting and reaching CONCRETE goals is the most motivating for me in my fitness and weight loss journey. Since I have a concrete date to run my first 5k, and a concrete path to get there using couch to 5k programs, it has been a HUGE motivation boost now that I have been on the path to reaching my goals the past few weeks. Plus exercise you KNOW you've done it or not, weight loss is sometimes a crap-shoot certain times with plateaus and such.
Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables in is what keeps my weight loss going the right way. They are packed with vitamins for energy, healthy and full of fiber, more filling than other things, and vegetables especially are low calorie, while fruit helps with the sweet tooth!
I made a conscious decision to stop eating a couple hours before bedtime. It has made a tremendous difference in my weight loss efforts. I think maybe my body is more comfortable when it doesn't have to digest all night when it's already trying to be in recovery mode. Try it out!
Want to use affirmations but have no idea where to start. This one is ideal, covers everything, and will open you up to more from the Universe. Learn and repeat...
I love coffee but am not a tea drinker and know it's not a great idea to drink coffee right before bed but I do love a hot drink in the evening so I came up with a caffeine free alternative. I squeeze out the juice of a lemon (a Meyer lemon is best if you can find it). I add boiling water and calorie free sweetener. This hot lemonade is very satisfying on a cold winter night.
Determination is the key to Motivation and I have the determination to succeed. I feel that we all have the determination and motivation to reach our goals. I hope that I can spark people like me to reach for their dream of becoming successful in losing weight.
When reasoning, tantrum throwing, excuses don't work to get out of the door and walk, or out of bed, or off the couch to exercise...bribery is my fallback wing girl! (I'll let you wear your SpongeBob "Geeks Rule" tshirt if you get up and go for that walk...you can take your camera and take nature snaps along the way if you do the first 3kms at least at your best pace....Self, you can listen to "Moves like Jagger" 20 times in a row for all I care if you're Jumping-Jackin' while it's playing!)