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The best thing I was ever told was to think of my calories as a budget. Know how many you can have each day and before you eat something ask yourself if you can afford it. If it's worth the amount you have to spend and you have the calories eat it if not rethink it.
Love chocolate? Me too!! I have so many chocolate cravings throughout the day! But, I have found many alternatives that are satisfying and with healthier nutrients; such as: Fiber One Chocolate Bars (9 g of fiber), Chocolate Cheerios (Yum!), Quaker Oat Squares and more! Scope out your options. gl
I like that Spark people has taught us that we do not diet. We change our life style. I eat way more now than I ever have and only eat things I like! Portion control with the right amount of protein, carbs, calories and fat will do it for ya! Keep tracking!
I don't remember where I heard this or read it, but it was "you don't break every law just because you get speeding ticket one day". Allow yourself to have junk food and not exercise once in a while without beating yourself up over it. The next day get right back on track with healthy living.
Sticking with my nutrition plan - making healthier choices - has been my key to success. Making sure to get my 3 cups of veggies (total) at lunch and dinner are hard (I don't care for veggies), but I've learned they are essential in my reaching my healthier lifestyle goal.