Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.
I make sure to pack at least two healthy snacks for my day at work. I leave them in my truck so that I have to take a break to walk out and get my snack. It keeps me moving and gets my mind off of the vending machine right next to my office.
Whenever I feel like snacking, I make myself a cup of herbal tea and drink it. If I'm still hungry after drinking the tea, I know I'm legitimately hungry and will have a snack. But more often than not, having something hot and thinking about what I'm doing will stop me from snacking.
I used to avoid it like the plague, afraid of what I might see. Then I started doing it every day. Some days I'm up, some days I'm down, but it always helps me understand what worked and what didn't from the day before. Some disagree with this technique, but I've found it helps me stay on track.
I bought a 32 oz bottle of water at a convenience store a while back. I take it EVERYWHERE I go throughout the day. I strive to refill it 4 times a day. This means I take in a gallon of H2O daily. I feel SOOO much better. Oh yeah, and I am losing weight!
Build up your skills and break habits gradually. Start with one thing that you want to change, when you accomplish that you'll feel stronger and ready for the next challenge. Baby steps really work. If you attempt everything at once you're likely to become overwhelmed.
To get in all my water each day I pulled out a beautiful clear glass drink dispenser. Each morning I cut up a variety of fruits and add them to the dispenser along with a pitcher of ice and water. It is so pretty and it is visually inviting you to drink more water.
You've heard of brunch, why not linner? When I'm hungry for a nice steak or other higher calorie restaurant meal, I make room for it on my nutrition tracker by eating a late lunch/early dinner. I eat a light snack at lunchtime and another in the evening and have one larger mid afternoon meal.
Before pictures are great even if they hurt. You'll have something to compare results to. Don't forget to take pictures during your journey too. Its great to have pictures of doing active things, like hiking, walking, sports, etc. These moments will make you proud and motivate you even more.