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Put everything you eat into the SP nutrition tracker as accurately as possible. You can lie to yourself or others about what you eat, but your body knows about every calorie that you eat. If you don't track your food accurately, you won't make the correct food choices that will allow you to be successful in reaching your goals!
Pick 1 small change and stick to it for 6 weeks than make another change.
In the beginning when I started measuring & weighing all foods my plate looked totally empty. As a result I felt deprived. After the first few months of enthusiasm wore off measuring began to take on "heaping", Not to let my progress slip, I purchased (over time) smaller plates: 9" with a 1.5" rim for dinner, 6" with a 1" rim for lunch, & 4oz.cups for when I really needed a taste of ice cream, Also, changed to using smaller pots & pans so there's less temptation & leftovers.
I have had every excuse under the sun for not exercising or not eating right. None of them matter. What matters is being healthy, even when there is "no time" or "my asthma is bad" or "I like eating out" It's time to just do it because you have to start somewhere!
Ingredients: Spark People, Strength training, Cardio, Blogging, Goals, Setbacks (yes, everyone has them).
Recognizing that this is a journey and not a sprint is a key component of making this a lifetime change and not simply a diet. In order to make this stick, take it one change at a time. When I first started I went all in giving up junk food, working out twice a day and I quickly failed! When I started again I told myself slow and steady will win this race. Each week I replaced one unhealthy food with a healthy one.
Many times we find ourselves getting off track and having to reinvent a way to start over again... next Monday, next month, the beginning of the next season. Rather than thinking of it as starting over again, consider recommitting to yourself EACH DAY!