Don't be afraid to ask for substitutions when you're at your favorite restaurant. If that grilled fish comes with rice and broccoli, you can request double veggies rather than rice. Ask for the salad with dressing on the side, so YOU can measure out a smaller amount of calories.
instead of mayo, spread ripe avocado onto your sandwich! sneaks in an extra serving of veggies and cuts the calorie/fat content of your sandwich. or try mixing the avocado with half a teaspoon of mayo to get the flavor you want but still reducing the calories. enjoy!
Always have lots of veggies available.... salads, ziplocs, canned or frozen.... they're fast and furious, and can be ready in any emergency....
I have started putting 2 Tbl. of chia seeds in my smoothies and replaced the skim milk with almond milk. The chia is full of omega 3 and helps to make me feel full & satisfied. The almond milk has less calories and is a great source of calcium, plus it adds a great flavor. Yum!
I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.
I've broken more plateaus more quickly by eating more rather than less. Borne of discouragement - "If this isn't working, I quit!" - I've found that if I eat a little more over the week, even treat myself a time or two, and that jiggles my metabolism back into losing. Works every time!
When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!
There are plates that are smaller than the normal dinner plate and bigger than a small plate. We have one. I use it. When the plate is smaller, it looks fuller with lots less food. I also teach clients that 1/2 the plate should be green veggies, 1/4 protein (size of a deck of cards), and 1/4 Carb...
I was just told about this feature and it rocks. It tracks your daily calories, fitness minutes & SparkPoints. You can look back at a week or a month and see how you made out. You get gold stars on the days you made your calorie target. Now I want to count gold stars and maybe make them a goal!
Setting small goals to work up to each week helps me stay motivated. I recently began jogging for the first time in my life. I started off only being able to jog for 1 min before needing a few minutes of walking to recover.