Secrets of Success
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To lose weight and feel better I had to do something different. It began with something very simple. I picked a fruit and a vegetable that I really liked and ate it before
Take out freezer containers & put half a cup of oatmeal, a hand full of frozen blueberries or sliced strawbverries, some flax seed, a sprinkle of cinnamon and freeze them. When you want this breafast just add a cup of water and put into the microwave.
Jillian Michaels said on the Biggest Loser to vary your caloric intake: eat on the low end for two days, eat in the middle range for three days, eat on the high end (even going a little over) on two days. This keeps your body guessing. I did this all last week and lost 3.5 lbs!
2 secrets - I took large bags of frozen vegetables into individual steamer bags with just 2 cups each - you can find these near the plastic sandwich bags in most stores. That way I can pull out a bag and make a serving batch quickly with no waste. (you could do one cup instead)
Starting my day with this simple recipe, sets the tone for better choices throughout the day. The basic recipe starts with 1/3 - 1/2 C. eggwhites and 1 C baby spinach. Add fresh or leftover veggies, sauteed in spray oil. I like zucchini/summer squash, mushrooms, onion, sweet red/yellow peppers. Add some type of lean meat (like turkey breast) - 1 to 2 oz. chopped. Other great additions, pico de gallo, black olives, or parmesan cheese. Any combination makes a great start for your day.
It's so easy to think you'll remember it later, but often you won't. The best way to stay on top and on track is to be sure you log the food daily. There's nothing wrong with opening your SparkPeople page several times a day:) It just might be the impetus you need to pass up that hi cal snack!
Checking your blood glucose and recording the results can help tell you how well your insulin is working.
A couple of times when my weight has stalled, getting religious about my water intake and pushing it to 10 cups a day got things moving again. Also, adding brewed green tea helps give you something to sip on and boosts metabolism with many antioxidants as well.