Wash,dry, and freeze your greens (spinach/kale) in a bag and throw them in the blender with your protein shake. They get so small and don't over power the taste you wont even know they are in there!
Entering your food and exercise isn't enough. Be honest with YOURSELF. Did you add that scrape of butter? Was it 7 walnuts - not 6? If your weight doesn't move you need to reconsider. That exercise - were you REALLY doing your best or was that WALK more of a STROLL? Re-evaluate constantly. Don't waste the effort. DO YOUR BEST, but more than that - BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.
A boost for successful weight loss can be accomplished by preparing your meals for the week. Outline on your foodtracker your whole weeks worth of meals. Include your cheats as well as they can be mini goals you get yourself to for rewards. Make sure to plan ahead for each and every meal and shop for the week not for the day leaves it to open to randomly cheat here and there.
I have used probiotics and digestive enzymes for 20 years. I have found that, in addition to Lecithin and Chromium Picolinate, probiotics assist in keeping the blood sugar normalized. They are also VERY important for the immune system. There are at least 13 strains of bacteria that are essential for preventing inflammatory illnesses and the health of our intestinal system which is the seat of our immune systems. These so-called 'good bacteria' crowd out the nasty ones.
I make a weekly fitness-meal plan. I am training for a half-marathon and get super hungry the day after a long run. Combining the meal planning with the fitness planning means I eat the right stuff for my level of activity. It also helps with the grocery shopping.
Self talk & how you think about your weight loss journey makes a huge difference to your success. I have reframed how I do this to help me feel focussed & positive. I'm 70+ lbs down, & I didn't LOSE that weight! I ddn't mislay it & I don't plan to pick it up again later. I RELEASED it, & it's gone, outa here. It hasn't got resident's rights, & it's not hanging around waiting to climb back on board!
Using the weight charts to track reality! I have tracked my ups and downs over 3 years. I noticed that my body wants to stay at specific weights. Those are the areas of plateau. Those are also the weight levels my body wants to get back to. I now know I have to expect my body to resist weight loss in those areas. I am determined to create new lower norms for my body by staying at a lower weight for extended periods. If you can maintain count it as a victory! you are resetting your weight norm.
If I feel "hungry" when I know I shouldn't (it's not near a meal or snack time), that's a signal to me to go drink another full glass of water. 9 times out of 10, my "hunger" vanishes-- and I'm getting all my water in!
I've learned that if I track my food and my exercise at the beginning of the day instead of as I go, I'm more likely to get it done. I feel like I made a commitment to eat these things and do this amount of exercise today so I better get it done.
A key to getting into a healthy mental & emotional weight loss state is understanding what you really want, and why.
1) Drink a glass of spring water first thing when you wake up and before you eat any meals or snacks.
I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."
If I consume more calories one day, because i went out for dinner or whatever, I then cut back more the next day or two. The body wants stability and if we stay at the same calorie level every day, it adapts to that level. Switching up, so that we are not consuming the same number of calories every single day, the body will not settle in as easily. This helps keep the weight loss progress and can help get through a plateau!
I always grab an apple and a big lidded glass filled with Crysal Light as I go out the door. It helps me not to stop at a fast food place because the apple keeps me satisfied till my next meal. The drink quenches my thirst instead of getting a soda.
When I worked and I took a bathroom break I would march in place to increase my steps. It also works if you are standing on your feet like a cashier, nurse, gardener, or other jobs. The steps add up quickly. Even you you march in place brushing your teeth for two minutes, dish washing, cooking you are getting tons of steps in. Just do it. MOVE!!!
Whenever I turn down a high calorie food instead of feeling deprived, I note it in my food diary and the calorie content of that food. On days where I very nearly don't go to the gym I note that down also. At the end of the week, I tot up how many extra calories I would have consumed/ not burned and take it away from my loss. Seeing the weight I would still be had I given into these impulses keeps me on the straight and narrow. Instead of feeling deprived, I feel empowered! :)
Losing an amount of weight can seem really daunting - I have 50lbs to lose and thinking of it like that it is such a big number. So to make it easier I make myself mini goals. Reaching the next decade, stone (I am from the UK). My next mini goal is that I have 3lbs to go and I will be half way there! Focusing on a smaller amount of weight to lose seems more do-able and inspires me to move onto the next mini goal.
I was losing very slowly until I went alcohol free for 40 days. Weight came off much quicker then. Now I strive for balance. Drink alcohol only 2 days per week max. Amazing what this little change can do to speed up weight loss.
Studies prove that people are more likely to stay on track when "eyes are watching them." A mirror on the refrigerator, and one in the pantry, may subconsiously reduce snacking, sneaking or binging. PLUS, looking at yourself will remind you of your goals and help make that decision on whether you are going to snack or choose another option when you are not truly hungry.
I realized a good way to keep yourself exercising and eating healthy - and that's to do everything as if you've already reached your weight loss goal!
You can eat vegetables in lots of ways. You can eat them raw,boiled,roasted or fried. But what happens if you're not a veggie person or your kids don't eat their veggies? Try making a spinach pie recipe. It's healthy,tasty and you and your family will love it. It's a good source of Vitamin A & C.
I save on my workout costs by Trading Workout DVDs with friends. It allows me to do workouts by fitness gurus of all types. It's so fun to try out new workouts like Qi gong, yoga, Ti Chi, Strength Workouts, Cardio Workouts and more !!!