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I read somewhere that on average it takes 5 to 7 attempts to quit smoking or break a substance addiction before it "sticks". I think that making the choice to break unhealthy eating habits is no different. If you keep trying, you WILL find the approach that works best for you. Each attempt lays the groundwork for the next one. I don't think of it as failure, but practice.
When I run on the treadmill, if I spend too much time watching the clock I tend to get bored and stop sooner. I distract myself by finding a tv show I like that's longer than the time I want to run. I get into the show and end up running more because I want to see how it turns out.
I've been trying to incorporate healthy habits into everything, without going totally overboard. Last weekend was my friend's 50th birthday party. I drank rum+coke zero to keep the calories low, and drank 2 pints of water for every mixed drink. I ended up having only 2 mixed drinks all night. At the buffet I stuck to vegetables and dip, and my husband and I hit the dance floor. A healthy dinner AND a great cardio workout, all while having fun at a party.
My schedule can get very crazy, so I try to build exercise into everything I do. I walk to do errands, park at the opposite end of the mall from where I'm going ( and walk through the mall, quickly so I'm not tempted by window shopping). If I'm standing in line I do small ab exercises -- isolations and isometrics, so that people don't notice. If I'm out with the children, we run around. Add it all up and it's about 2 hours of activity. Not bad for someone who "doesn't have time to exercise".
When I'm thinking about what to prepare for dinner, I make sure that my nutrition tracker is up to date for my earlier meals, and then review the nutrition information before I decide. That way I ensure that I'm staying within my goal range for the day.
Throughout the winter I rely on my crock pot to make easy, healthy meals. I usually prepare the ingredients in the evening and leave them in the fridge. When I'm packing lunch for work in the morning, I toss everything in the crock pot and set it. By the time we're home from work there's a hot meal waiting for us.
On days when I'm feeling tired or sluggish or sick, I still get up and do a light workout. Even if I don't get much exercise I don't break the exercise habit. And, I find that the light workout gives me an energy boost which helps shake off the blahs.
Before buying anything, I ask myself the following questions:
I carry a water glass around with me all the time at home and at work. I sip it while I'm doing other things. It helps me to take in enough water without making it a chore. I use a pub-style pint glass, so that I know each refill = 20 oz (2.5 cups) of water
Inspired by Keep Only One Calendar tip: I use the Calendar program on my computer (linked to my e-mail), and enter both work and personal appointments. I enter everything in my work calendar, and make sure to send a "meeting invitation" to my personal e-mail, and DH's personal and work e-mails. This way, the family calendars, DH's work and my work calendars are all synchronized. We know where we're supposed to be, and don't double book