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I have a sport bottle that holds 20 ounces of water. I carry it all day long. If I am traveling I carry at least two with me.
I put my food on a smaller plate so it 'looks' like I am getting a whole plate of food. Right now I am using a salad plate. We always think we aren't getting much to eat if our plates aren't full of food and this has really worked for me. Years ago when I was 'dieting', I used a saucer.
I 've tried starving, counting calories, reading labels-eating whole grains, low sugar, low salt, high fiber, high protein low carb you name it - I have done it! I am on a plateau - an what is working for me now? eating 6 small meals - about 1 every 3 hours - all meals w/carbs, protein & fat.
I have been on spark for a little while and reading other success stories and understanding that others faced the same problems each day and did not give up, motivated me to finally stick with it and do whatever it takes to stick with it, also motivating others by responding to blogs and sharing
When I started to lose weight, I had 100+ lbs. to lose, which seemed a little overwhelming! I broke my weight loss into 5% increment goals, which ended up being right around 15 lbs. each. This created smaller goals that became achievable, but not "easy". So far, I've lost over 25%!
I found on the second day of my new life style that I could think my way to eating less. I had a chicken breast sandwich for lunch and ate the bread and chicken separately. I had more bites (made me think I ate more) but the same amount of food. Cutting all my bites in half does the same thing!