Don't be discouraged! It can be tough sometimes. The best thing to realize is this is a learning process. If you slip up you can start new the next meal.
Taking time to pre-make healthy meals is something that I have found really helpful. I will make something healthy, such as black bean burgers, and then just heat one up when I need a meal in a hurry.
Another thing that would really help is keeping the junk food out of the house. I don't have kids, but me and my husband have found a way to make it work for us. He is naturally very slim, and a bowl of chips it not going to affect his weight the same way it affects mine. He has been great and has agreed to only by snack food that I do not like or at least are not major trigger points for me. For instance, if we buy BBQ chips I can devour those in a day or two, but if we buy sour cream and cheddar chips, for me, that is not a big temptation.
As far as cravings, it's nice to have things around that aren't horrible that will satisfy the craving. For me, I like air popped popcorn and Endangered Species Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt bars. Obviously those things still needed to be eaten in moderation, but for me it has helped cravings.
I can honestly say that sometimes, when life reaches a super hectic point, I do go for periods without going to the gym. Don't let this be a discouragement. 80% of a healthy lifestyle is the food you eat. Try to squeeze a shorter workout in at home to just stay active. When life calms down a little bit, or when you get used to your new routine and have a second to find pockets of time in your schedule you can pick back up at the gym.
Edited by: SARAHANN01 at: 9/2/2013 (12:40)
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