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In the evenings after dinner I like to do a craft to keep my hands busy. Right now I'm crocheting an afghan for my husband for Christmas. I find that if I'm just sitting there while the TV is on - trying to get interested in whatever hubby might be watching, I get bored and gravitate towards the pantry, even if I'm not hungry. When I focus on something else, the pantry doesn't enter my mind.
Wear clothes that are becoming, no matter what size you are. Choose colors that compliment you and features that hide flaws and highlight assets. Don't stuff yourself into too small clothes. As you lose, chose more fitted clothes that will help you gauge your progress and motivate you to keep the weight and inches off. At some point, a belt will become an accessory!
Most meats can be browned without adding additional oil to the pan since they have a little fat in the meat itself. If it is extra lean, a spraying of cooking spray is all that is needed. When making soups, I brown the meat in the pan I make the soup in so I don't have to wash an additional pan. Brown meat and onions and then add the liquid and the rest of the ingredients.
I had lots of trophies from running races that I acquired through the years. So I took off the metal plate that has the age group and race info on the front to save and gave the trophy to an organization that serves special needs kids. They have events for the kids and love to be able to give them a trophy.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whether it is eating or exercising, don't compare yourself with others. Develop your goals and stick with them. In the long run they will give you the results you want.