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My Tools For Success!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Today I want to talk about tools for success.

1. A food scale. emoticon This has been very important on my road to successfully getting rid of my excess weight. We can only determine correct portions, therefore correct point’s values, if we know the size of our portions. My scale has helped me to learn what my portion sizes look like. So, when I cannot use it I have a better idea of how close it is.

2. Measuring spoons emoticon - another great tool for correctly getting the portion sizes down. I especially use these when measuring high fat foods - oils, nut butters. A slip on these measurements can add many points to your day.

3. Measuring cups emoticon- yet another tool we need to determine correct portion sizes. Measuring out your healthy whole grains are important also. These foods tend to be higher in calories and the size does matter.

4. Blender - This is great for times when I am short on time and I want to get in lots of nutrients. Some ingredients I use are milk, fruit, protein powder, ice, yogurt, flax seed, peanut butter…………. Blending smoothies emoticon can be very satisfying for in between snacks also. They can also feel like a treat when you want something special.

5. Kitchen Table - yes your table!!! That is where I work on eating all of my meals. Sometimes I eat at my desk while working – trying to wean away from this. When standing in front of the refrigerator or over the sink we tend to forget what we ate and leave them out of our journal. Our hips remember them even when we don't!

6. Body Scale emoticon is a great way to see our success but it is not the only measure of our success. I don't like to weight myself every day because those weight fluctuations can affect me. If they don't affect you weighing daily is okay, but I prefer to weigh in weekly.

7. Tape measure emoticon- This is another great way to measure your success. When results are not showing on the scale you can still be slimming down due to exercise.

8. Lunch tote emoticon- as my WW leader calls it a "4 later bag". Always pack some healthy snacks to take along with you when you leave the house. You never know when you will be stuck and need something healthy to carry you over. Remember just because you pack it doesn't mean you have to eat it! My bag that I bring to work has two snacks, lunch and the rest of my breakfast!

9. Shopping list emoticon- never go food shopping without a list or on an empty stomach. This will help you to stay on your food plan for the week.

10. Computer emoticon emoticon- It is a great way to stay connected when you need that extra boost of confidence or motivation! I email and log on to Spark.

11. Crock pot - A great way to ensure I have a healthy meal to come home to after a long day at work.

12. My sneakers emoticon and my exercise equipment emoticon - I need them to keep myself active and ensure I earn those Activity Points! Exercise is one aspect that has helped me to maintain my weight loss all this time.

13. My journal (a small pretty notebook) emoticon and pen. I probably should have listed this first and not last - or maybe I saved the best for last! My notebook and pen follows me every where I go. I am always writing in there even if I don't do well. I log everything I eat and drink or pick on in the book. It helps to keep me honest. I track my daily target points, activity points and my weekly points used at the back of the book.

14. My Goals emoticon - My journal again - In the front of the book I list my goals – Daily, Weekly, 12 Week, Yearly and very long term. I work on reading them often to keep them in the front of my mind!


"We become what we think about all day long".
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Thomas Edison, inventor

What are your Tools for Success?
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHAWNRDH 1/26/2013 5:39PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog. You are a real inspiration. I am 49 and trying to get my weight under control, it gets harder as each year passes. Thank you for your blog.
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TENOR4COUNTS 12/6/2012 9:50PM

    Really great blog!!! You give much more information here than many articles I have read. Keep up the good work.

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ELISADENK 1/4/2012 12:32AM

    Good reminder! emoticon

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LAUROCHKA 10/6/2010 8:49AM

    Great tips! Thank you!
Lxx

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HONEYBUNCH24 9/26/2010 11:01PM

    This is an emoticon blog post!!!! I really needed to read this tonight...
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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/25/2010 11:23AM

    emoticonblog!! I loved ticking my tools off as you listed them. I have those too! We are each a success and our tools help us every step of the way!

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CAROL3SAN 9/25/2010 11:21AM

    emoticon great blog! And very much appreciated. I wish you much success with your weight loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 9/25/2010 8:12AM

    Oh how awesome. My tools for success contain all that you list. I love my journal. I like to buy new "notebooks" all the time. My hubby often wonders and asks "exactly how many of those things do you need?" My answer, as many as I want. I like to change up now and again. Heres to continued success emoticon

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Mindless Eating

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This is what I have learned to help with mindless eating:

Keep junk foods out of the house(or out of sight if they are in your house)

Keep good healthy snacks in front & center - so they are the first that you see

Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day - so you don't confuse hunger or a need for food with thirst

Do not deprive yourself of foods that you like - one day you will not be able to control yourself from eating them and may eat way too much because you think you will not have them again for a long time.

Stay mostly organized in your home and work spaces. Everything seems to fall in place much simpler when I am organized.

Exercise every day even if it is a short walk. Once you exercise you have done something good for yourself and this may stop you from undoing this act with food.

When I have too many things to do I make a list and prioritize to keep myself from getting overwhelmed.

Do not leave out any food groups in my diet! I work on eating balanced meals - usually 4 to 6 smaller meals or 3 meals and two light snacks throughout each day. This keeps me from getting too hungry so I don't start picking.

Plan in some fun snacks or desserts throughout the week.


Now I have had some issues recently with mindless eating and I wanted to write this out to help me remember what I have done to keep off my weight in a sane way!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FISHINGLADY66 12/19/2010 6:31PM

    This is a very informative blog. Great job. We can all learn from this. Thanks.

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DSJB9999 9/20/2010 3:58AM

    Great blog, its so true.

For me I have to keep out of the kitchen too as much as possible.

You've done it before and can lose it again by sticking to these principles and not denying anything!

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REEDSKI 9/17/2010 12:50AM

    Great blog!!!

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TREESA57 9/16/2010 3:00PM

    Great job, great blog! I agree with you. No deprivation for me either. I just remind myself of portion control and go for it. Its my life and I will enjoy it! Im glad to see you are too! Keep it up.. emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 9/16/2010 2:46PM

    What a great first blog. I like all your ideas. eating smaller meals seems to help a lot.
Keep blogging 'cause you're doing great. emoticon

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62NVON 9/16/2010 9:30AM

    Excellent ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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SCOUT1222 9/16/2010 8:23AM

    Very wise advice!

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MALEXANDER4 9/16/2010 7:45AM

    Awesome....you did fine for a first blog

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 9/16/2010 6:28AM

    Great advice Laura!

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JACKIE4019 9/16/2010 12:45AM

    Amen and Amen

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MASRITE 9/15/2010 11:49PM

    Great job on your first blog. Nice topic!!

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HISMERCYNGRACE 9/15/2010 9:51PM

  Love the blog and all the comments. My thanks to everyone for sharing all that you have.

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INCTRL 9/15/2010 9:05PM

    Yes, actually writing this was pretty motivating. I think i may do another. Thanks Cathy!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 9/15/2010 8:40PM

    I love all your ideas, but best of all is including all the food groups ... I need everything or I begin to crave junk.

And I need things I like, things that are enjoyable. No deprivation here!

We're on an awesome journey, Laura ... and we're going to achieve our goals!!!

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INCTRL 9/15/2010 8:34PM

    Yes, I agree and other one is positive self talk. You need to basically talk yourself into doing what is best and healthiest for your body. Thanks for the great comment.

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PAMANNN247 9/15/2010 7:50PM

    great topic! I was looking for topics on this very subject a couple of weeks ago when I had surgery and couldn't use going to the gym as a distraction. I did a search and actually found the Spark People website the most helpful.
I've found that "dialoguing " with myself helps immensely. I talk gently and calmly acknowledging that although I want to eat for some other reason than hunger I will try and wait a little while before I do and reason out how I feel and how my body feels. It helps me feel more in control and I feel good about actively trying to stop the habit and work through the causes. : )

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