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This is what did it for me. Get a kitchen scale and eat at least a pound of vegetables every day. They fill you up, and you have less room for junk. No food is off- limits, but who has room for a large dessert or second helping of meat when you've just eaten three grilled zucchinis or a shoebox sized serving of spinach?
I meant to buy water flavoring this week but forgot. I don't much get inspired by water, even bottled, and I can drink Diet Coke Cherry or Vanilla Zero by the VAT. This isn't good, even though moderate diet soda consumption is ok. So I got the idea to spike my bottled water with about an ounce of Diet Coke. The water spiked with diet cola has enough of the flavor to make it interesting, but it's still mostly water. It makes it much easier to get eight glasses a day.
We all mess up, but we can limit our mistakes if we remind ourselves of why we're doing this. I find it helpful to post my goals in places that I will see them constantly. For example, I have them set in a really pretty frame on my computer desk, I laminated them and use it as a bookmark, and I even have them written down on an index card that I carry in my wallet. It makes it a lot harder to spend money on junk food when I open my wallet to pay and see my goals staring me right back in the face.
I am a regular weight lifter/gym goer, but I still do the classic "park as far away from the business as possible". And I try to walk places that aren't unreasonable far apart. Really adds up on my step tracker!
I don't always want to make good food choices or exercise so it helps have to have someone to share my day with...the good and the bad. Someone who knows my dreams and goals and celebrates all my successes with great joy. A cheerleader. My daughter is my cheerleader. She is always up for a walk or activity and encourages me to reach my goals. My grandsons are also fantastic cheerleaders and excited to walk to the park or go for a bike ride. Hip Hip Hooray for CHEERLEADERS!
I always have a hard time setting goals. I always start off strong and then a few days later, I've fallen off the wagon. A trick that I've learned is to settle on your top goals that you have for THIS year and then write them down in specific terms. Don't just write down, "Exercise daily". Instead, write down, "Walk 1 mile a day" or "Complete work-out video 3 times a week".
If there's a rainy Saturday or a spare evening, I'll set the timer for 20 minutes, turn on music or news, go into a room and clean what needs to be done. When the timer is done, I reset it, go to another location and repeat. Then repeat. After three or four units, some of which are vigorous, some not, I take a twenty minute tea and snack break, then go again. In three hours the house is clean, I feel great and I've moved nonstop for a big chunk of time. It works!