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They say it takes 21 days for a new habit. Have fun with this. Every day that you work on your new habit put a sticker on your calendar. They'll bring a smile to your face and you'll have a new, healthy habit that you can name 2nd nature.
We keep a backpack in the car filled with dog supplies. When we take our dogs hiking or on trips, or even on errands, everything they may need is in one place ready to go.
The author foused on this at a recent women's event highlighting simplicity. You can gracefully say no because your focus is on one important activity. You are honored to be asked, but no, not at this time. Another point, never just automatically say yes. Pray, then get back with a prayed out, thought out response.
Measure out your snacks and put them in the little snack-size bags that are available. One serving of animal crackers, usually about 16, fit perfectly. Or a cup of air-popped corn. A serving of Goldfish!
You can add creaminess to a salad by pureeing a cucumber and some Greek or plain yogurt together. Add a little olive oil for a healthy fat. If it is still a little thick add a splash of lowfat milk. Let this "rest" at least an hour. You may add herbs, as well, but with flavorful veg underneath you may not need any.
Looking back at a poll you have already taken will let you know when you took it and how you responded. I've come across some I did a year or more ago and realized that my answer now would not be the same. In many cases it's a glimpse to baby step achievements.
Knowing what foods and/or situations can set you up for a binge is helpful. Make a list of those things and come up with a strategy that will enable you to head off the next attack. Having a great defense in place will make your journey easier and easier.
After tallying up the day's spark points I get out my mason jar and put in the equivalent amount of change (penny per point) into it. Better than a piggy bank - I can watch it add up!