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Keep youself busy, don't spend all your time thinking about food. I plan out my next day's menu the night before and prepare what I can. I simply know what I am going to eat and therefore do not have to worry about it. Plan ahead. Do something that's not all about you.
I think of my plan for healthy living in terms of a football game. A fumble isn't part of the game plan, but it is part of the game. If I slip, I just shake it off!! It has meant the difference between multiple attempts and success.
SP has gotten me through a lot. It has taught me to be healthy. I went through Breast Cancer and the support of all my SP team helped. When I went in I was 135. Due to my treatment I ended up gaining lb back. Now I have Thyroid problems. This is why I have to stay healthy to recover again & lose lb.
I use white board erasable markers to write inspiring quotes on my mirror in my bathroom and bedroom. Reading them while looking in the mirror helps me to stay focused and positive when I start to doubt myself!
Celebrate ALL victories no matter how small they are! Even the smallest victories are steps in the right direction. A step in the right direction still leads you further down the path in this journey! By focusing on those small steps you build self confidence and motivation!
When weigh scale numbers are not what I want, when I am tempted to blow my day's calories on food devoid of nutrition, when I feel like giving up while exercising, I think PERSEVERENCE! It's about making the right choices 80 to 90 per cent of the time, and to do that I just need to persevere.
I wake up before him and get the coffee brewing. Spending that 1-2hours with him while he prepares for work is precious. Doing early morning chores together sets the mood for the whole day. He leaves for work with a happy heart and looks forward to meeting me for a swim when he's done with work.
try to measure at least once a week while exercising because sometimes you can't tell you're making much progress without the measurements going down while you exercise. You never know if its muscle you gain or fat you lose.
I take time each day to sit quietly for a few minutes...10 at least, and practice gratitude for any positive conditions, successes, etc. in my life, so that I will not be forced into panic or depression by any perceived failures or shortfalls in moving toward my goals.