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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.
I am the type of person that just can not drink plain water, I don't care how cold it is. I have a large water bottle (24 oz.)that I got from my mother in law for my birthday, and I add a packet of Propel Fitness Water to it 3 times a day.
I have to remember I got myself this way not others but they are willing to help me get it off. If you don't feel like that walk with your friends do it anyway the conversation alone is worth it. I keep looking at it this way it is a little down time too.
Everyday I have the opportunity to make many decisions, some are great and some well, need work. I'm learning to congratulate myself for the great decisions and letting go and forgiving myself for the not so great decisions. It is a process on the road to health.
My secret to better snacking is I have a ready supply of almonds on my desk so when I am hungry I can snack on the almonds. They fill me up and I am not as hungry so I snack less. Plus it is a great source of the good fats and protein.
This might sound silly but to help me focus on getting all of my water down I take a sip for every pet I have ever owned. Sometimes I switch it up by making a silent toast to departed friends & relatives OR a silent toast to others who have made a difference in my life.