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I admire the spark members who are able to stay on track without tracking their food. It is I guess reserved to a small select group which I don't belong to. I don't like tracking but the times I have been successful I have. So once a week I take the time to plan it all in advance! It works for me!
Eternal vigilance means that I track my food, my exercise and my weight daily. But when you're no longer losing, you're no longer getting external compliments: others take the slim you for granted. That's when the positive self-talk and small rewards (bribes?) become key to weight maintenance!
When you bring in your fresh veggies take a few minutes to prep them right then and there! If you have a lovely tupperware full of cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, etc. you will be more likely to reach for them and dip them in the hummus rather than the chips!! Smiley FACE!
When I am maintaining my healthy habits, from eating fruits and veggies to getting my fiber in to staying in my calorie range, I feel more in control of other parts of my life. And vice versa. It's such a great feeling that when I slip, I remember how much I like control and I get back on track.