Please note these are member-submitted secrets and are not reviewed by SparkPeople's health experts for accuracy. If you feel a secret is inappropriate, please click the "Report Inappropriate Secret" on the secret's page and our staff will review it.
Goals are great but DAY to DAY goals are what get you there. Each AM ask yourself " How do I want to feel when I go to sleep?" It's a great feeling at night to review the day in your mind & saying to yourself " I DID GREAT 2DAY!" All the daily "little things" we do make the difference in the end!
I like to keep a plastic bag of almonds in my desk at work. They don't go bad, so there's always a healthy option for when I get hungry. I just have to make sure only to eat 8 per day. But that is enough to fill you up when your tummy starts grumbling mid-afternoon!
Cutting down on carbs is a sure way to lose weight. I have done the Atkins diet since March 12th and I've lost 10 pounds. Now I know for some, it may just take cutting down on sweets, breads and sodas to see results. Either way, I know that lowering carbs will definitely work.
When I first started tracking, I paid very close attention to WHEN I would want to eat, in addition to what I was eating. This information helps now - I try to pre-plan WHEN I am going to want food - that helps give a clue as to whether or not I'm really hungry or eating for another reason.
I have found it extremely useful to always have my sports water bottle around. Mine is 32 oz so I track my water by how many I drink. I know I have to drink 2 of these to get my water intake in for the day. I take them everywhere and it really helps on the weekends when I'm in the car a lot more.
Each morning, I pack my bag full of healthy choices. I include bfast,lunch, 3 fruits, 1 yogurt, something crunchy to satisfy cravings (like veggies or granola bar) water and an emergency meal bar. I eat at certain times in the day and when I am hungry for something else, I go to my bag ONLY.