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Today I tracked a marshmallow. A single little marshmallow that I carelessly popped in my mouth. It is easy to leave little things like that off. Track every bite and nibble. The more aware, the more accountable, the easier it is to change.
Any time I messed up when working towards a goal, it was too easy to quit. "Well, I already failed, one more soda won't make much difference." Now I remind myself, "Every day is day one." Had a soda yesterday? Today is day one. Today I can keep trying.
Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!
An easy way to drink 8 glasses of water a day is to get a tall glass which holds 500 ml or 16 floz. Drink one when you wake up in the morning, another before lunch, again before dinner. Thats 6 down, just two more to go throughout the day and whilee exercising and your done.
I always try to do just a little more than before... in everything. Examples: I used to brush my teeth leaning on the counter. One day, I made a conscious decision to remain standing upright, the next day I started moving my feet while I brushed. When I'm working out on the treadmill, I try to stay at a higher speed/elevation longer than the last time, even if it's just 30 seconds longer. This way I can become more active in the little things I do and continue to push myself!
If you want to stick with an exercise plan, my advice to you is find something that you are passionate about. It may take you a while to find it, but I guarantee you will find it. I never exercised on a regular basis as an adult. I started swimming. Got up to 70 laps a day. But I didn't enjoy it. I dreaded geting in that pool. I started Zumba classes in Nov. Finally I found it! Something that excites me. I've never said this before, but I can't wait to exercise now. Zumba! My passion.
Start a daily "to do" list and make sure you are in the top three spots. The sooner you start out this way, the easier it will become to start putting yourself first, without feeling guilty. Make exercise a top priority, as well as preparing your healthy snacks or meals for the day. Women especially tend to place everybody and everything else before themselves leaving no time in the day left for exercise or relaxation. Start making yourself, mind, body, and spirit a top priority!