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Talking to myself as a winner helps me banish the negative voice and keeps me pumped. I call it ChampionSpeak because I know that those Olympic athletes probably talk to themselves the same way and I want to get a gold medal too.
My local public library has a database of electronic resources, including eBooks, digital audio files of books on tape, online newspapers, etc. I have recently discovered that in the periodical databases, issues of many popular cooking magazines are available in PDF format- for free!
When I am maintaining my healthy habits, from eating fruits and veggies to getting my fiber in to staying in my calorie range, I feel more in control of other parts of my life. And vice versa. It's such a great feeling that when I slip, I remember how much I like control and I get back on track.
Keep a positive attitude, have positive self-talk (support yourself like you would others), and make your goals positive (not "Don't do this" or "Stop that).
Besides starting my day out exercising I like to eat all day. I eat small portions of healthy or low fat foods all day long and that helps me to not get so hungry. Being I love to eat I find that if I keep things around such as crackers, cut up nibble type vegetables, easy to eat fresh fruit.
Carrying a healthy snack is a great idea, but make sure it's durable! That banana you stuck in your purse this morning will not help you avoid the candy bar after lunch if it is disgusting mush; the granola bar will not help you avoid the drive-thru if it is crumbs from its ride in your backpack!
Try reducing your sodium/salt intake to less than 1000mg per day for 7-10 days. You'll notice a jump in weight loss which is mainly water but the scale doesn't fluctuate and the puffiness in your face and limbs goes away!