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As I drive to and from work I dance to the music on the radio. It started with sucking in my stomach and stretching my back and has advanced to swaying, twisting and contracting my butt. The 45 minute drive doesn't seem so long, my back no longer hurts when I drive and I am wearing a smaller size pant.
I tend to stick to anything fun. If I'm watching tv, sometimes I'll pick a word I know will occur in the show (For example, for supernatural the word is awesome). If I hear the word, I'll pause the show for a minute and do some sort of healthy exercise: jog in place, crunch, jumping jacks, or drink a glass of water if my intake is low. This helps me to stay on track.
We know that those who eat slow give their bodies time to realize satiety and eat less. I eat alone a lot and find this a challenge. Here are two ways I slow down:
Make peace with anything that you need to. Drink mostly water. get enough sleep. exercise in the morning an before breakfast burns more fat. bath as hot as you can stand it ( don't burn yourself) helps burn fat. tell your weekly weigh in to someone keeps you motivated/accountable. do mostly cardio. use some weights. use a tape measure track that way too. watch motivating videos often. get an exercise buddy. move to your favorite songs. don't deny yourself treats, but watch how often/portions.
I raised up my desk so my Computer Monitor is at eye level when standing. Fewer lower back tightness and I can move around more this way.
Every time you succeed in doing something you struggle with doing (EX. exercising, drinking daily quota of water, avoiding fattening foods) give yourself a Spark Goodie and send a message telling yourself how proud you are of your accomplishment.