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Pick something in your life that you aren't fond of - a bad habit. Commit to NOT doing it for ONE week or one time depending on the habit. I ALWAYS do popcorn at the movie. Like me? Go to one movie and take some fruit that'll last-cut up apple, orange-and some bottled water. You'll be so proud of yourself and you will realize taht these bad habits don't have the hold on you that you think they do. Keep going-skip the crackers and wine you have each weekend. You WILL surprise yourself!!!
Start your day with a good choice over bad (whatever that means to you). For example-donuts in the breakroom! I opted for yogurt and strawberries. As the day goes on, you'll have more good/bad choices. I now know that today I have willpower because I made a good choice with the yogurt vs donut. When afternoon comes around and I have a choice of an apple or M&Ms - my chances of choosing the apple are pretty good because who wants to negate a good choice made earlier :) right? Stay strong.
When you really DON'T want to exercise but you go ahead and push yourself to do it anyway, write down how awesome that made you feel. I DID NOT want to ride my bike to work this morning - it was cold and dark and I would have rather stayed in bed for an extra 30 minutes. But, I persevered and was not out and on my way more than 15 seconds before I was so GLAD that I did it. The cool crisp air and knowing I beat my demon is awesome. And, I have to ride home, so 90 min. of cardio in the books!
When you catch yourself saying I can't exercise, or I can't pass up a chocolate doughnut, change it up to "I Won't." By saying "I won't" do something instead of "I can't" forces you to hold yourself accountable! "I can't" gives you an excuse; "I won't" says I am responsible for my own actions.
Instead of using 2 tbsp of Mayo on your sandwich, try smash and spread or slice 1/4 of an avocado on the bread. You'll save 36 calories and 6.6 grams of fat. Plus, of the fat that you do get from the Avocado, 4.2 grams are belly flattening MUFAs, not to mention all the other health benefits.
I have a daily flip calendar on my desk. At the end of the year when I replace the old pages with the new, I clip the old ones together and use them as a note pad on my desk for miscellaneous notes, calls, numbers, whatever. It saves me from using new note pads!
I log my exercise first thing in the morning or early afternoon while at work. The benefit - when I get home, I am more likely to work out because I have already gotten the points and seen how many calories I burn if I do.
I have a 45 minute bike commute (each way). If I drove, it would take me 30 minutes. By biking, I am guaranteed 90 minutes of exercise helping both me and the environment. If I get home and don't want to do anything else, I don't have to and I have still got 90 minutes in the books.
When I don't feel like exercising, I tell myself I'll just do 10 minutes of whatever. Then, after 10 minutes, I say 5 or 10 more. Then, before I know it 30 or 60 minutes have passed, and I am so glad I did it. I always feel so much better after exercise than before, plus I am proud of myself.
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