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My husband and I followed SP together to lose our weight (he lost 80+ pounds). He taught me there are no options (as someone else said, treat it like a job). It's not "if" you should work out. You must work out. It's not "if" you will eat healthy. You will eat healthy. Do NOT give yourself the option. My husband still practices this. One example -- No matter what time he gets home at night, he works out. Whether it's 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. Talk about inspirational!
One of the best things I've learned is to plan the food you will eat that day. It's a psychological thing - - you plan it, write it down, and you feel as if you should follow it. If you slip, that's ok. I bet you won't slip as much as if you didn't write it down. Give it a try!
I find that I love to perfect the art of making homemade soups to help me loose weight. I can make a huge pot of soup for the week and if I get tired of it I freeze it and make something else. It curbs my appetite and I can chalk it full of vitamin enriched foods.
Where I live we get various fruits that reach a peak season. When they are cheap, clean, pit a large bag of them. (Lychee, Dragon Eye, cherries, strawberries, other berries and grapes) then freeze them. Later puree them, sweeten as needed (Sugar or artificial). Add water for smooth texture. place in freezer or ice cream maker. Light. Refreshing. a portion of fruit.
When trying to reach you water consumption goal, use this trick. Buy 1 water bottle per 8oz-10oz you are trying to consume in a day plus 3 extra bottles. If your goal is 8 cups a day (the recommended) than buy 11 bottles. Keep the 8 that is your goal in the fridge and number them. This way you can see that you are reaching your goal and at what rate. Bottles also are very convent so you are more likely to go for that than anything else you may grab for convince.
Every morning I plan my day. I plan what I am going to eat for each meal and then I pre-track it on my Mobile App. I use Weight Watchers, but it would work with Spark People too. So far I have lost 17 pounds. I have about 40 more to go. Keep Sparking!!!!!!
Buy "The Plan" by Lyn Genet Recitas. It costs about $20 and will change your life if you can stick with it. I've lost 11 lbs since July 29th (and that's with stopping for 2 weeks because of mouth surgery). The premise is finding which foods are healthy for you, and one by one testing them! And has women eating around 1600 calories a day, with men 1800-2000.