My biggest small change has been not snacking in the evening after dinner - it was really hard at first - The snacking thing is really strange because I notice now when I'm thinking about it. We had visitors at the weekend who brought a load of cookies (20 or so big juicy double chocolate chip ones). And they sat on the table all weekend (fri to sun) with people dipping into them. I had 3. All weekend. As ridiculous as it sounds I was pleased.
current weight: 617.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,868) Posts: 110 8/27/12 8:35 P
The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.
current weight: 285.8
Fitness Minutes: (4,637) Posts: 30 8/27/12 11:04 A
Also, this time around, I've given up my tendency (or at least I really work at not giving into) to have an all or nothing mentality. If I don't make it to the gym or workout as much as I'd originally planned that week, I don't beat myself up about it. I'm finding that this time around,it's been a lot easier for me to be easier on myself, while still being able to hold myself accountable.
Pounds lost: 19.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,637) Posts: 30 8/23/12 11:51 A
This time around, I've done a lot of planning, for me it's made a lot of difference. I know this isn't going to sound like a small step, but in the grand scheme of things it really is and I only had to do it once and it took very little research (thanks to livestrong.com!), I crunched numbers before starting and it was a huge eye opener for me to see how many calories a day I had to be consuming just to maintain the weight I was at, I took it a step further and multiplied it by how many days are in a week and then took the number of calories I should be within (I think I took basically the median number) and multiplied it by the number of days in a week. Seeing the huge number I was eating just to maintain my weight verses the number I should be eating a week. Numbers don't lie, and for me, seeing those numbers I think has made a big difference to my mindset.
Keep posting! I am sure many people need the inspiration!
Putting a twist on drinking water is fun! Have you tried cucumber slices in water? Believe it or not, it makes it a totally different beverage and does not add calories. I do that or put a squirt of lemon or lime in to make a big difference without the calories.
(Sorry for over posting - I like this thread! hehe! )
I'm not overly fond of water by itself, and I love mint, so I've taken to chewing peppermint sugar free gum and drinking water at the same time. The gum flavors the water without a lot of calories, and it's helped me to start drinking a TON more water.
Pounds lost: 53.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,868) Posts: 110 8/22/12 3:39 P
I bought myself a nice outfit for working out in (cute stretchy capris and a curve enhancing top). That way when I have a day I don't feel inspired to go for a walk or to the gym, I can put on the nice outfit, instead of the usual baggy t-shirt and shorts and that makes me feel good about heading out!
Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,868) Posts: 110 8/22/12 3:04 P
I still don't get in all the movement I want everyday, but since I've been making sure to clip it on everyday I can just check my pedometer to see how many steps I've taken. It encourages me to get extra movement in, and grabbing it before walking out the door for work has become as natural as grabbing my phone in the morning.
Pounds lost: 53.0
Fitness Minutes: (19,868) Posts: 110 8/22/12 8:50 A
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