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This time, for me, it's about the lifestyle change. I know it sounds boring, but something has clicked in my head. The weight loss is definitely something I want, but the exercise and eating healthy are really more important to me because I don't want to have to think about my weight again.
What has always helped for me is to plan - plan my food, plan my cardio, plan my strength. Don't just say you're going to do it, write down or enter your food into the nutrition tracker. Schedule your cardio/strength out for the week - track it in the fitness tracker.
The most important thing in staying healthy and weight loss is to drink, drink drink! So many people struggle with it. I bought a SP water bottle and take it everywhere I go... it keeps the water cool and fresh. And you feel so much better when you are hydrated.
I drink 1.5 liters of water a day before I can drink my diet soda. I fillter water and refill bottles every Sunday for the following week. My soda consumption has been cut in half or more and I am saving money while staying hydrated.
I purchased a 4 cup mug with a straw.