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  • Easy to say get to "get cranking" but when you are exhausted from a 12 hour work day it is difficult to get motivated to cut veggies for snacks and cooking is right out of the question. And walking for 5-10 minutes really does nothing. - 6/22/2014 8:30:22 AM
    Might be helpful for some, but not me.

    If I miss a workout, it's due to an unplanned incident that just can't be helped - my son freaking out over something and insisting mommy "fix it", the cat having hairball issues that need cleaned before aforementioned toddler plays with it, etc. I don't emotionally or mindlessly eat, sleep is gotten the best I can (set bedtime, screen limits, etc), and I never eat 'on the go' unless it's nibbling bits of my breakfast while making it and my son's simultaneously before sitting to eat with him and honestly I think I would pass out if I didn't! - 5/27/2014 5:57:03 PM
  • This is great article but I found it very disruptive to have all the embedded ads popping up. - 5/16/2014 1:08:43 PM
  • Great points I'd never thought about,and good suggestions, too! Thank You. - 11/22/2013 1:57:09 PM
  • This is a great article... the area I always struggle with is skimping on sleep. Too many things to do in a day, so few hours. :((( - 9/9/2013 9:27:07 AM
  • Really great. We should learn to keep health snacks around at those times. Like fruits and veggies but we don't. Since we are trying to have good health and lifestyle. I know it's easy to say than do. But we can do this. - 7/5/2013 8:26:04 AM
  • good one - thanks - 5/14/2013 7:50:11 AM
  • You knew my moves. Multi tasking/eating on the run. Grabbing that protein bar without completing a meal. Rushing skipping a meal.
    I've been doing this since Saturday. - 5/13/2013 8:13:49 PM
    @WANT2LOOKHOT - You have a few choices. You can throw out the unhealthy food if it's too much temptation. You could package it into individual portions and freeze - many cakes can be sliced and wrapped in plastic & frozen, & the meats also. You can eat the foods, but only take small portions. It's your choice.

    You can also ask your husband to keep his snacks in a separate place so you are not tempted, or get him to buy the snacks you don't like. Remember - just because a food is in the house, doesn't mean you HAVE to eat it. - 5/13/2013 3:34:28 PM
  • I have been trying to get out of a rut and this article was SO helpful. Thank you very much. - 5/13/2013 12:31:13 PM
    I agree with MISSKAKEE, it's a great article, but my problem is putting it into action.
    - 5/12/2013 2:07:11 PM
  • I wish more people would focus on making their lifestyle changes DOABLE for the rest of their lives. Small, permanent changes over time will trump grand schemes every single time. - 5/12/2013 10:53:57 AM
    I try to keep junk food out of the house but my spouse loves the stuff & he does the grocery shopping. Plus his aunt is always dropping off junk food for the holidays, as a gift. Like today for Mother's Day it was half a chocolate bundt cake & a Tres Leches Cake. Other days its a huge BBQ fajita platter with Chicken, Sausage, Potato Salad, Spanish Rice, Guacamole. You get the pictrure. My husband refuses to tell her anything & it's extremely hard for me to have it around the house without falling prey to it. Short of getting a divorce I don't know what to do about it. - 5/12/2013 10:33:30 AM
    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

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