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Have a Long term goal (ie; I want to lose 100 lbs. so I can dance at my sons wedding in two years).
If staying in calorie range is the most difficult part of your journey, try setting a lower weight-loss rate so you will have a higher calorie range. Adjusting your goal from 2 lb/week to 1 lb/week makes is so you can eat approximately 500 more calories per day!
when i decided the time had come for some much needed lifestyle change, i knew it would be a difficult process. i call it the turtle approach. it has only 2 components: (1) eat more of the healthy stuff, less of the not so healthy AND (2) move more every day. it's not complex - it works for me.
Don't try to do everything all at once. I knew that cutting my calories drastically would sabotage my efforts. So I tracked my normal eating for two weeks and then gradually reduced calories and increased water each week until I was used to eating within my calorie range.
I know it sound simple, but you have to start somewhere, you don't have to wait for everything to get perfect before you start we will never start. You can always make that choice to not eat that next bite you know you shouldn't, or not drink that pop. Go outside and walk around the block.
Once you decide TO ... you have to decide HOW ...
Commitment commitment commitment....3 words that keep me on track. If I am not committed then I won't be disciplined in keeping up my exercise daily and tracking my calories. Commit to exercise, commit to tracking your food intake and commit to your new healthy self.
Doing a little bit every day helps keep me motivated. Little things like parking far from the door or taking the stairs, contribute. Also, I have to cart my kid all over the place. Instead of hanging around doing nothing, I bring my ipod and go for a long walk.