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Work Out Clothes
Wear your work out clothes on the weekend, it will motivate you to exercise.
I recently discovered that I wasn't eating enough for weight loss. It is something I struggle with due to allergies, but I am still positive that I am on the right track. Once I discovered this issue, I started to maintain the weight loss and I am losing a pound every two weeks. Win situation for me. Staying positive works! Smiling helps too.
Kale can be added to anything. You can have it in a salad, soup, stew, etc. I even add it to my scrambled eggs and frittatas. I like to cook it by itself till it gets crisp and I have it on my taco.
One way to prevent over eating
This is a cooking for one to two people idea.
Cook a large meal, plate up the correct portions for everyone and then put all of the leftovers into portion sized containers before sitting down to eat. This way you won't be tempted to nibble on the leftovers as you put them away.
After I started to actively use SP I decided that I would be in a good mood every day. I wake up and I am in a good mood. I exercise in a good mood. Things and words that use to upset me no longer do. I smile at strangers, and yes I get smiles back. I no longer allow over heard negativity to affect me.
I do the twist at night while watching television, just for 10 minutes, and I am already experiencing improvement in my stamina.
If I concentrate on my breathing and the placement of my feat the time flies by! Thanks Coach Nicole for reminding me to breathe.
Yogurt for dessert
I take half a cup of vanilla yogurt, add a cup of sliced strawberries with a drizzle (about a tsp) of honey. Filling and delicious.
I cook up 2 cups to 4 cups of pintos beans (soaked overnight) and throw some spices (example: Garlic) in and mash them up. I use them in place of re-fried beans.
Walking in Place!
I have a sit down job that can be done standing and I now sit only for a minute or so for a break and the rest of the day I either walk in place or do some leg strengthening exercises.