I use an old 5 gallon water jug to save my change. You will be amazed at how quickly the amounts add up. When I am in dire need of funds, I always have something on hand to work with. I love catching sales on items that are in my plan.
I had a hard time meeting my daily water intake, until I tried this. I set a timer to drink one cup of water during that hour. Then after 8 hours ( that time just seems to fly by during the day) I have all 8 glasses consumed!
Instead of buying the prepackaged veggie trays, buy the veggies separately and cut them yourself. You will have more leftover veggies that you can take to work or incorporate in other meals for a lot less than the veggie trays! Buy light dip as an alternative to the dip provided in the trays!
If you happen to eat a cookie, or have some fries, don't just say "I've blown it" and go back to your old ways. Look at it as a reward and move on. Exercise a little more that week or eat some extra veggies the next day. Don't give up on a new healthy way of eating because of a temptation!
When you get a pedometer, do not buy a cheap one which will easily reset to zero. Make sure to get one with a cover, so it will not reset itself.
My secret is to take one secret from someone successful each week and make it my own! (does this count?) lol!
Don't be afraid to use each and every day, each and every meal, as a time to get back on track. If you blew it at lunch, eat a lighter dinner. If you didn't eat breakfast, have a filling snack as soon as possible. Didn't make the gym today? What's stopping you from walking or doing chores?
The best trick I've learned so far is dividing my dinner plate - 1/4 lean meat, 1/4 starch, and 1/2 veggies or fruit. Not only does it aid in portion control, but it's so EASY and is something you can do in almost any & every eating environment.
I pick my two days that I dont workout at the beginning of the week. I stick to it, even on the days I'm tired, or didnt sleep, I still workout, on the days I dont do a workout, I play an outside game with my son and nephew, so I dont ever go a day without doing something.