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Start by preparation. Clean out the 'bad' food, read the Getting Started secrets, pinpoint your stumbling blocks and form a strategy to deal with them. Read articles on nutrition, fitness, wellness and motivation. Find common ground teams to join. Don't whine about what you need to do - face it head on and enjoy the journey. It is a wonderful one!
Hit the re-start button a month ago. But, this is a different feeling this go around. I dropped the pretentions of being able to conquer these bad habits of poor food choices and why I make the emotional choices. I decided to take the mask off and ask for help. I googled how to stop cravings for sugars and breads, two of my biggest weaknesses. No more sugar drinks and bread for 30 days. And no beef after lunch. Wow ten pounds came off, woohoo! I started exercising by walking.
Take it one day, or even one meal at a time. And start small. Maybe you add one additional serving of fruit or veggies per day. Maybe you start exercising in 10 minute increments. I found that once I hit a monthly number of fitness minutes, I want to match that or increase it by say 100 minutes the next month.
Tracking meals in advance helps me stay on target. I make better decisions by selecting what to eat BEFORE I am hungry, and am less prone to cravings. The best part is that I don't have to feel guilty about indulging in a glass of wine with dinner since I've already planned ahead for it! I do this with exercise too - the idea of having to log in to reduce miles run from 3 to 2 is enough to keep me on the treadmill a bit longer, and it's a great feeling to log back in and ADD a mile to the run!
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!
One of the most helpful things I found is tracking every bite I put in my mouth. Having neither the need nor the discretionary income for a Blackberry, etc., I bought one of those little pocket notebooks & used that to track what I ate. Lunch was always a remembering thing & I often forgot a bowl of soup, salad, or even a splurge from the snacks brought to work. I've had a lot more control over total calories since I started using the notebook because I can adjust dinner calories to compensate.
Have you read your owner's manual lately? The BIBLE! By the time I looked in the Bible for answers, something in my life needed repair. Let's start reading it for the strength to face everyday and have victory over old habits and get healthy!
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