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I had a habit of cancelling my workouts because I didn't feel like it. To break that habit, I started entering them into my dayplanner like appointments. I even highlight them so that I can't pretend I didn't see them. Just like appointments, if I cancel one, I have to reschedule it.
I started my journey in Jan 2010. However my journey started before that when I was eating out of control. So, the way I am looking at my weight loss journey is that I didn't put the weight on over 2-3 months it was over several years. So, if it takes me several years to lose 43lbs I'm ok with that.
To trick myself into the smaller portions, I used a salad plate.
My gym has both costly registered fitness classes and free drop-in classes. I've found that the drop-in ones are actually MORE motivating! It's often the same core group of people at all the classes, from Aerobics to Zumba, and they'll hold you accountable if you're gone for more than a day or two!
We are all tempted while shopping. Now I only shop with a well thought out list. At the store if it is NOT on the list I can't buy it. I'm less likely to write, "ice cream, cookies or candy" on the list now. By only shopping that way I buy only good foods and I save money too!