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I look at the weight loss journey that I am going through and realize that I am going to take it day by day cause we can all have our bad days and we all have our good days. By taking it day by day I find it's easier to change my habits my slowly than to stop "cold turkey".
I've found that 7.5 or 8 hours of sleep are a must. If I don't get the rest I need, I drag through the day. I have to force myself to exercise and have a desire to eat lots of unhealthy food. If I get the sleep I need, then exercise is easy and the food temptations are don't bother me as much.
Being consistent will pay off. Being consistent in exercising and healthy eating will pay off slowly but surely. You will notice an improvement in your heath and your ability sustain longer workouts or physical activities. this will lead to improvement in and positive changes in you body.
If you are going to lose weight do it only for yourself. If you want to do it for someone else you're not going to be successful. If someone tells you that you can't or won't take it as a dare & prove them wrong...better yet...prove yourself wrong!
Keep a positive attitude, have positive self-talk (support yourself like you would others), and make your goals positive (not "Don't do this" or "Stop that).
Carrying a healthy snack is a great idea, but make sure it's durable! That banana you stuck in your purse this morning will not help you avoid the candy bar after lunch if it is disgusting mush; the granola bar will not help you avoid the drive-thru if it is crumbs from its ride in your backpack!
Try reducing your sodium/salt intake to less than 1000mg per day for 7-10 days. You'll notice a jump in weight loss which is mainly water but the scale doesn't fluctuate and the puffiness in your face and limbs goes away!
Here you'll find healthier options: vegetables, fruits, meats, diary products, and bread. Eating less processed foods is healthier, saves calories, and has more nutritional value. Plus you'll avoid temptation by sticking to the outside.