I have a serious sweet tooth. I especially want something sweet after a meal. I keep a jar of unsweetened applesauce in the fridge and I like to enjoy a half-cup serving after a meal, warm or cold, by itself or with some chopped strawberries, some craisins, or a dollop of plain yogurt. Yum!
Remember, two steps forward and one step back is still one step forward. As long as you keep moving forward, you're winning. No one is perfect -- forgive yourself, learn from your experience, and soldier onward.
Progress, not perfection!
Bad day? Blow your calories? No problem. You can push the reset button anytime. If I've gone off track, whether it's for a month or a meal, I literally stop, take a moment to breathe deeply, and imagine myself pushing a giant RESET button. The image lets me release what I've done and move forward.
Whenever chicken breasts are on sale at my local grocery store, I buy a bunch of them. It doesn't take long to grill them all at once, steam some broccoli or other veggies, and make some brown rice in the rice cooker. I divide them up into Tupperware and voila -- pre-made healthy frozen lunches!
I find that if I decide the night before how and when I'm going to get my exercise the following day, I'm much more likely to do it. Every evening I decide whether I'll go to a class at the gym or go for a long walk or if it will be a day off. That way, it's already in my head when I wake up!
I often used to buy something at the grocery store because it was on sale, planning to using it in a specific dish that I thought would be cheap. But add a bunch of other pricey ingredients, and it doesn't work out that way! Now I buy items that are on sale and that go together!
While you're on the elliptical or walking the dog or even making dinner, check out a new podcast! There are literally thousands of them and you're sure to find one on a topic that interests you. There are some great health and fitness podcasts out there: my favourite is Fat2Fit Radio!
If I find I really don't want to go to the gym, I'll just say, "Fine, I won't go. But I'll put my gym shoes on." Once I have my gym shoes on, somehow I'm out the door. If you can't bring yourself to start working out, just try to take one small step in that direction. The first step is the hardest!
Go random! Most treadmills, ellipticals, and other exercise machines have different programs, like Hills, Fat Burn, etc. Intervals are a fantastic way to torch calories and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Try the Random program to keep your muscles guessing!