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Nothing keeps me honest like writing it down! It's a gentle tap on the shoulder when I'm tempted to cheat, it's a great encouragement when I've done well, it helps me plan my day more productively. Then I have a record of what has worked and what hasn't.
One thing I like to do is dance with the vacuum. Sounds silly, but it works and makes a needed chore more fun.
You are happy, then those around you will be too! I have come to realize I am just as important as my kids and my husband. My needs and wants need to be meet just as much as theirs. So put you first for a change, losing the weight and being healthy makes a happier you. Baby steps lead to larger steps. Love yourself! Be your own cheerleader!
If you don't leave the house everyday, get up and get dressed including putting your shoes on. You will probably find that you are more active and get more done. It also makes it more difficult to nap. You might even feel like getting some extra exercise in!
I buy large bags of raw nuts at bulk discount stores then roast them myself at home to control the amount of oil and salt added. Then I can divide them into little containers that hold about an ounce, making it easy to grab the little snacks on the go with an apple or other fruit.
I made a collage of encouraging quotes and photos of places I have been active in the past - kayaking and backpacking. It also includes photos of places I want to hike, canoe, and wildlife I want to see. Currently, there are 8 quotes and 25 photos taped to my closet doors. I have added pictures to my profile to give you an idea of the layout.
No matter how big or small it is, if I eat or drink it, I track it. At first I just ate whatever and tracked it later to see what I consumed. Now I plan ahead and track my food BEFORE I eat it, so I can see whether I can afford to eat everything I planned or if it will be outside of my nutritional goals. I can then adjust if necessary before it's too late. :)
On mornings when I know I'm going to be rushed, the night before I will put EVERYTHING out. For example, if I want to have a fried egg on an english muffin with laughing cow cheese (a favorite breakfast of mine), I'll put out the small fry pan and in it I will put the PAM spray and a spatula. Then I will get a small plastic container and place one egg, one wedge of cheese, and my english muffin (after I slice it).
I've figured out a way to make going to the gym not only required but desired!!! I load my iphone with a great TV series (one with a few seasons that build on the last i.e. the Sopranos) and am only allowed to watch it while on the stairmaster. I tend to end my workout at a very suspenseful moment, insuring I will return the next day to watch the conclusion. I'll also download great songs/podcasts I'm only allowed to listen to while lifting weights.