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Avoiding carb rich foods at night can be the most helpful to shed those pounds. Remember just sticking to your calories does not always help if you have lighter morning meals and heavier evening ones. It is essential to start with a heavy break fast and end with the lightest foods. A heavier food eaten during day can be digested due to body activity but a heavy night meal just goes to your target areas when you drift off to sleep
Whatever active thing you do counts. Whether housework, skipping the elevator and taking the stairs, parking your car at the far end of the parking lot to lengthen your walk into the grocery store...it all counts! So, count it all!
Instead of music I listen to audio books while working out. There's lots of places to get them free like a library or librivox.org. For me, it's motivation to workout because I'll want to know what happens next in the story. It's killing two birds with one stone; reading and exercising.
It helps me to get started walking if I just put on some tennis shoes, wear whatever I have on, open the door and start walking down the street. Walk just 10 minutes from my house and by the time I get back, I've walked 20 minutes.
When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.