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I just got back from the grocery store. There really is a correlation between what we eat and our weight. Check out the carts of the seriously obese people. One glance and you'll RUN to the produce aisle! The folks with lots of produce generally look better.
I eat a variety of things for breakfast, sometimes high in protein and fat or high in carbs. So, I use the Nutrition Tracker to plan the day's meals after breakfast. I plug in a variety of foods for lunch and dinner until I have a good nutritional balance. It helps me stay within my calorie limit, and I know what to prepare to eat as the day goes on.
You have a scale to weigh yourself. Buy a digital scale (ounces and grams) to weigh your food. Estimating the weight of meat, cheese or nuts is tough, and we tend to be too generous. Weighing portions of highly caloric foods has helped me - it will help you too!
In the winter, I hate drinking cold water from the tap when it's already chilly in the house and outside. So, after I drink my first glass of water in the morning, I immediately fill up the glass again and set it aside for later. When I'm ready to drink it, the water has warmed up and goes down much easier. Drink and repeat 8 times! In the summer, ice cold water is best, of course. It's refreshing and it burns calories to warm up the water in your tummy.
Do you buy or prepare too much food that eventually ends up in the garbage? I find that if I make more frequent trips to the store, I get the freshest produce b/c I shop for no more than 2 days in advance. I use up produce before it starts going bad. And I buy meat and separate the packages into usable portions for one meal at a time, freezing what I can't use immediately. I admit, you have to have the luxury of time to shop this way, but it may work for you too.
Do your laundry in the evening or on the weekends when electric rates are lower. I know you're tired when you get home from work and have to think about cooking, exercise, homework help, etc. Enlist your family's help! It's really an easy chore that everyone needs to learn anyway.
I own the reusable grocery bags, but still get the annoying plastic bags from time to time. We store them and then donate them to our local food pantry (along with empty egg cartons). We also use them to pick up after doggy on our walks. If those bags have to be out in the universe, at least they'll be used twice!
Give up or reduce one sinful food that you eat/drink daily. Make it part of your goal list and track it. For example, I love coffee with a Tbsp. of half and half. I drink 2 or 3 of those a day. If I drink only 1 a day as my goal, I lose calories. Calculate how many calories you will lose over a year by changing that one little sin. For example: 1 Tbsp. of half and half cream is 20 calories. 20 X 365 = 7300 calories! OMG! I still enjoy one cup of rich, creamy coffee daily, but now I savor it!
I cannot believe how much money we have at the end of the month now that we cook at home more often. We have saved money AND can control our portions, calories, etc. It's more work, but home-cooked food tastes the best. Double the recipe and freeze half for the nights you don't want to cook. Save the meals out for the rare special occasion.