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Last night, after a nice fulfilling dinner, I had a tremendous urge to eat something sweet.
On days that it feels unmotivated to exercise, promise yourself 10 minutes...
If your next goal is to walk at 3.5mph on the treadmill but currently find it very hard to walk at 3.5, push yourself to go at 4.0mph for say 1 or 2 mins and then lower it to 3.5mhp. You will feel that it is easier at 3.5 and you will be able to walk at 3.5. You have now tricked yourself to think that 3.5 is easy since you did something even more harder.
Often we have some dream dresses we hope to wear when we lose those 20-30pounds. Start wearing that skirt, tank top, jeans, that you dont think looks so good on you right now ( in current size, not a size too small for now). That serves as a strong motivator. You will want to lose that weight fast to be able to wear those more comfortably. Its becomes a strong visual aide and a goal. Later, you will be buying the same clothing in a much smaller size!
Each time I feel like hitting the vending machine, I take the change that I would have used and put it in a jar. My stash grows and I feel great about not having spent it on junk. Made me realize how much junk I would have otherwise eaten and how much money would have been gone by now. I started carrying healthy snacks with me to work and dont feel tempted by the machine anymore.
If you have a craving for food that may be considered junk or unhealthy, eat a little of it so as to not feel deprived. Then follow up with a healthy snack such as apple with nut or sunflower butter, yogurt, etc..Drink water and Then eat a small mint or tictac or brush your teeth. When the mouth is fresh you won't feel like eating anything for a while.
Look at bulk foods aisle in the grocery store. Find different beans! Anasazi beans, anyone?? Huge selection of whole grains: millets, amaranth, oats, buckwheat, Look for different Rice (forbidden rice, google it, itís nutritious) look for other foods, Goji berries (expensive), hemp seeds, dried fruits, Pick 1 new item each week. Try a new dish, kick up your metabolism by eating differently, benefit from eating whole grains, develop healthier food habits, add variety, lose bulk weight
Grind pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds together and if not allergic to nuts, add walnuts, almonds to the seeds mix and grind to a powder, not too fine. I then use this super food powder as a topping on bagel/cream cheese, sprinkle it on salad, add to oatmeal/quinoa porridge, on toasted bread, add to a glass of milk with honey... These seeds have lots of minerals, proteins and good fats The good fat and the proteins helps to curb hunger while providing wonderful nutrients
Putting the fork down a few times during the meals helps to register the amount I am eating. At the start of the meal, I am eager to get back to the meal when I put the fork down but later in the meal, I usually see that I don't have the same urge to eat the rest. Helps with Portion control, give the brain a chance to register that I am eating and not just devour the food. Slowing down while eating helps to enjoy the food without overeating
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