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I have the perfect way to know exactly how many ounces are in the food I eat, ....., wait for it, I Weigh IT! I stopped eyeballing my food, the looks the food give me are deceiving. I stopped guessing, and now I am 38 pounds lighter in matter of 3 months.
To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.
I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.
Sometimes if I slip up by eating something I'm not supposed to (like cookies or candies), I throw away the rest of the day and think 'I'll just start again tomorrow' and end up overeating. Instead of this, look at the rest of the day as a new day,
Tracking everything I put in my mouth and reading labels. I don't know how many times I've picked up a candy bar, read the label and decided it just wasn't worth it. I do know if I truly want that candy bar, I have to make adjustments to what I eat for the rest of the day. It's nice to know nothing is off limits.
Stress (mental &/or physical) does interfere with weight & health goals.
When I get the urge to grab something to snack on, I remember a saying I learned through Positive Changes: "Appetite (craving) is of the mind; hunger is of the body." In other words, if my stomach isn't growling or empty, then my urges stem for a mental or emotional desire. That has been very helpful for me.