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Before I get up I make a plan, consider which exercises I will be doing to keep on track, have some lemon tea, then my protein drink, then either walk outside or hit the treadmill and I make sure either one or the other is done by noon since I rise late in the morning.
We all know how important it is to keep moving--and how easy it is to cut back on sleep when there are many demands on our time. But I've learned that when I don't get at least 7.5 hours of sleep, life starts to unravel. I'm more easily tempted to skip exercise and eat mindlessly, and it's harder to focus on the very things I thought I was making time for by cutting back on sleep. The result: slip-ups, stress, self-criticism, and negativity. Get your daily ZZZZZZZZ!
You may not be able to tell, but everyday that you eat healthy and exercise cause you to gradually shrink all over--whether its a fraction of inch or a loss of 1 ounce--it all builds up to that 1 pound loss and/or 1 inch loss. Believe that your plan is working and consistency will get you to your goal.
Other cultures have some unique health tips. I have learned a Chinese tip that I will call tapping. When you are feeling tired and down you tap your body and take deep breaths. I am amazed how good this feels to relieve my body and mind tension. It only takes a moment.
I have been listening to free hypnosis/meditation apps on my iPhone every night when I go to sleep. It helps me focus on my breathing and relaxation for several minutes every night. I am amazed at how much better my sleep is! It has definitely helped to reduce stress. It took about 2 weeks to get used to it, but it's definitely worth it. Test the apps to find the message/voice/music (or not) that works for you.
Whenever I have really stressful day, I be sure to hit the gym! I can be really tempted to just go home and crash on the couch, but I know that the stress and frustration will just build. Not only will I be more likely to eat more, but I'll probably stay up way too late. The key is to go to the gym immediately after work. Even if I don't feel like running or using a machine, I'll find a class.
Sometimes we allow our goals to be so fixated on outwardly appearance that it becomes nothing more than a fleeting hope, a goal without teeth. I try to remember that who I am, what I can do, and how I feel are so much more important than my dress size. This quote is uplifting... "If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." --Andrew Carnegie