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No matter how big or small it is, if I eat or drink it, I track it. At first I just ate whatever and tracked it later to see what I consumed. Now I plan ahead and track my food BEFORE I eat it, so I can see whether I can afford to eat everything I planned or if it will be outside of my nutritional goals. I can then adjust if necessary before it's too late. :)
If you don't leave the house everyday, get up and get dressed including putting your shoes on. You will probably find that you are more active and get more done. It also makes it more difficult to nap. You might even feel like getting some extra exercise in!
I have a big glass of water least 16 oz. in every room living room ,kitchen , bedroom so I have no excuse to not drink it .When I leave the house no meter where I go I have a reusable 32 oz. sport bottle with me .At the end of the day is adding up to about 1 gallon in a half.
I have found that old school thinking does not work. You have to EAT, no matter how much you think calories in calories out. get rid of it. Eat healthy, eat when your hungry and use the BMR chart to give you your calorie allotment for the day. Less is not more. I find if I only eat 1200 or less (for me) I will not lose weight, but if I pop it up to 1400 I will. Forget refined foods and sugar, introduce coconut oil to your diet and do not give up fat. Skip the sugar instead,.
To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
Here is a little trick. If you have something in the house that is pulling you to it - change the package. I found that if I take the granola bar/cookie/trial mix - what ever it is that pulls you and place it in a plastic bag it does not have much of a pull any more. Just get rid of the fancy packaging (you can always cut out the calorie info and place it in the bag).
When I'm in-between meals and I get a craving or urge to eat, I always make sure to keep Sugar-Free gum on hand. I just pop in a stick and it helps me to make it to my next meal without putting unwanted food in my body. I buy Extra because there are so many different flavors that pretty much any craving I have will be satiated.
I love chocolate but obviously if I eat too much I'll get off track. So I keep the mini 3 Muskateers (about 1 inch square) in my freezer. They're 25 calories each and I'll pull out 1 or 2. Since they're frozen I have to eat them slowly. By the time I'm done my sweet tooth is satisfied!