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I always carry a protein bar in my purse. I choose Pure Protein because it's a little lower in calories than some, about 180 depending on flavor. Things do come up where we don't get to eat as we planned and when I have this it helps fill me up and keep my protein up until I can get a regular meal
If you need to go to the pharmacy, ask how long it will take for it to be filled, and then take that time and go walk around the neighborhood instead of waiting. Not only do you get the exercise, but you can walk around a neighborhood you haven't seen much of! A fun way to spice up the walks!
Look for ways to add extra steps to your day. I live in NYC and therefore don't have a car, but I choose routes that are less than direct or walk 5 blocks to take the bus home rather than a half block to the subway. If you drive, park at the furthest (safe) spot from the shop you're going to. Even a few extra steps adds up fast!
It's ok to take a break from working out. The key is to never let more than one day pass without exercising. One day is a break, two days is the start of a downhill slide. Make a contract with yourself that you will not let more than one day pass without your normally planned exercise.
You may have only lost one pound or perhaps even 1/2 a pound but when you think of it visually - 4 Sticks of Butter = 1 lb. Well, for one, that keeps me going !! Think about what it looks like or holding 4 sticks or squishing it in your hands. 4 sticks are a lot, now kiss them goodbye!
There is no substitute for Perserverance and Consistency.