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I exercise every single day, planned and at gym or impromptu dance, it ALL counts!! Make a commitment to exercise every day, track on your fitness tracker, build the habit faster, take the guesswork/procrastination out of 'should I or not today' YES, you do it EVERY single blessed day :D
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".
I can still hear my mother saying that to me 50 years ago! But I've learned that concentrating on good posture- engaging your core muscles- actually helps burn a few extra calories and boosts metabolism. It's such an easy way to exercise as you go through your daily activities. Suck it in!
When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.
In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!
Avocados curb Appetite...reserchers from The Department of Nutrition at Loma Linda University found that eating 1/2 avocade can slash you appetite 40% They also explain an avocado has 12 grams of fiber and have super healthy fats that can kill cravings....they also stated improved insulin sensitivity after daily intake of 30 g of mixed nuts.
People who ate a warm oatmeal breakfast felt fuller four hours later than those who had cold cereal...the fiber in the oatmeal slows digestion and should keep you full until lunch.