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4 Mindless Habits That Are Hurting Your Weight Loss

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    I appreciate all the feedback and comments, everyone! I apologize for being so late in responding - I wasn’t getting the updates from this article’s thread. I’m excited to know that you’re all being more mindful of your healthy (and unhealthy) habits!

    MILLIFRED & 135GOALWEIGHT - I think it’s great that you’ve found tracking your food intake and counting calories to be helpful for you! As important as it is to keep track of what you eat, committing to noting numbers every single day can get boring and brain-numbing after a while. The last thing you want is to lose motivation because your calorie-counting system is too taxing! Some days, instead of writing down every bite, it can be helpful to plan ahead and have all the healthy foods you like on-hand (and make sure there are no high-cal temptations around). When you make it super-easy to make healthy choices, you can put down your pen for a day and practice eating when you’re really hungry (which is what we all aspire to, anyway, right?!).

    NOTBUYINGIT! - YES! You’re in a great place if all of those inner motivations are what move you forward! Many people need an extra ‘nudge’ to reach beyond their current level of wellness. Planning external incentives (like buying a piece of jewelry or a golf lesson if you meet a wellness goal) is the proven way to help folks START practicing a NEW healthy habit. I’m not saying that those external incentives should stay in place forever. Once you’ve made a new goal into a habit (walking daily, taking the stairs, or choosing fresh fruits over sugary sweets), internal motivators will start to take over and feeling good about your healthy actions will be all you need to keep doing them!

    KITTYROX - Get those Zzzzz’s, girl! Lack of sleep can make you feel fuzzy, eat more frequently, and grab for unhealthy snacks. Good for you for starting to listen to your body and rest when you need to!

    Great work everyone! Keep breaking those unhealthy habits one by one, and you’ll be on the fast track to overall wellness!

    Cheers & Be Sparked!
    Coach Meg, MA, BCBA - 4/30/2013 9:51:18 AM
  • This article was INCREDIBLY helpful and exactly what I needed to hear! - 4/18/2013 12:01:13 AM
  • GL1162
    Great article,I too have fibromyalgia. It leaves me painful,tired and sore after pretty much everything I do, however, I'm achieving my weightloss goals and I'm soooo happy. I use a prepaid mobile broadband and I find the very day it has run out of money then that is the day i instantly begin to feel that I can get away with eating a few other goodies and get away with it.Naughty,naughty. Never run out of credit again. - 11/26/2012 11:16:25 AM
    Bad habit hard to beat it but with some controlling and organizing my you can
    - 5/5/2012 6:22:44 PM
  • Excellent article!! I agree with the other comment about emotional eating. But there are many positive alternatives to it-setting up a rewards system at those times is the key. Things such as: working on a hobby, writing in a journal, calling a friend for comfort, mostly I think a work out buddy is a huge key (or fitness buddy). I know that would be a huge help to motivate-another person to cheer you on! - 4/29/2012 9:32:47 PM
  • Great article!!! I can relate to everything in it. Now I just have to start practicing what I read. - 4/29/2012 3:18:02 PM
  • I have to say that, for me keeping track of every bite I eat or drink I sip is the clue. I was without my computer for about three weeks and during that time put on three pounds before I realized it. I got back on the computer and now have lost the weight in the same period of time. Many of us can't eat over 1200 pounds if we just want to maintain our weight, despite what physicians may say; and I don't spend my days just sitting around watching TV. I cook, clean, do laundry, etc for 6 children and still don't burn up enough calories to eat any more than that. That means to lose I have to eat less than 1000 cal per day which makes it very difficult to get in all the necessary nutrients. That means just about no unhealthy foods unless I'm going to substitute it for something healthy. To eat a brownie or a candy bar I would have to work out for about an hour just to keep from gaining! - 4/29/2012 9:54:35 AM
    This article is a very informative one and very helpful. I am new to weight loss (less than 6 months) because I never had to watch what I ate or excercize and was always at a good weight. Then the dreaded 40's hit and over the past 10 years I blew up in weight without really realizing it until I saw pictures of myself. It's been a struggle ever since. I am now on a mission to lose weight because of my daughter's wedding.

    The only thing I would add to this article which has helped me a lot is to keep track of the food you eat during the day. Now that I am watching portions and writing down my food intake (keeping my calories to about 1200 per day), I am realizing why I got so fat. I probably ate 5x the amount of unhealthy food I should have. NOW, when I get that craving, I check my food intake for the day and if I am close to my 1200, that desire for late night ice cream quickly vanishes. We don't realize how much we eat (or spend) until we put it on paper! - 4/29/2012 9:06:57 AM
  • Great article!! I love the idea of incentives. Fitting into a new (smaller) pair of jeans is very encouraging, surely the compliments will folow. - 4/29/2012 8:43:49 AM
  • This is great information to live by regularly. Thanks! - 4/29/2012 8:16:07 AM
  • This is a great piece and effective advice. Thank you! I would like to add though, in my experience in achieving a healthier lifestyle, I have more positively felt rewarded with an improved figure, a triumph of cravings and comments from others about admiring my discipline, rather than going out and buying material things (a less desirable habit within itself as far as I'm concerned, simply because such things are "disposable"). I think that a focus on the feeling of accomplishment is much more rewarding and actually sustains the drive to staying in control of our health/weight in a much healthier way, both physically and psychologically. A great article nonetheless! - 4/29/2012 7:03:35 AM
  • Awesome! - 4/29/2012 2:23:27 AM
  • Good article. Just a few things to add though:

    - There's another reason people (like me) skip workouts: we're dealing with a chronic condition that drains our energy. I have Fibromyalgia, and despite getting 8+ hours of sleep each night it can get really tough to keep going to the gym every day. Honestly, sometimes the appropriate action is for me to skip that morning workout and let my body get the extra rest it needs. The trick is not having that turn into the rule rather than the exception.

    - Emotional eating is much more far-reaching than a bad habit. I know when I'm in emotional eating mode, there is almost a desperation that feels similar to an addiction. I would love it if these strategies worked when I'm in that state, but after 40 years of dealing with emotional eating I think this is something I need more substantial help with than a few tips in an article. - 4/26/2012 10:48:14 AM
  • This article was ::exactly:: what I needed to read today.

    I am particularly good at eating well and working out BUT the sleep thing is what I need to start prioritizing on. My alarm is set up for 4:30 am, which means I have to be in bed by 8:30 pm every night ... which hasn't happened much lately. Finally, this morning, while on my warm up walk at 5 am I realized that I was grumpy and super exhausted - not just physically, but mentally. I needed a break and SLEEP! I turned around, went home and dived back into bed. According to DH, I slept like a rock, which confirmed my need to rest.

    I'm glad I made the right decision because now I feel like a whole new woman! - 4/25/2012 2:27:18 PM

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