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Since I know that I can not always resist temptation, I include at least one treat in my calorie budget everyday. With this approach, that home-baked cookie brought by my coworker doesn't completely blow my healthy diet. And since I know that I've got 200 calories allocated for treats, I only eat half of the sumptuous treat. I'm happy. My sweet tooth is happy. And my diet is safe.
To make my clerical job seem less like an exercise in futility, I use the SparkPeople approach and set small, accomplishable goals. Instead of looking at a month's worth of paperwork, I divide the stack in to 4 smaller stacks. At the end of the day, I will have successfully completed at least one task.
I keep a weighted hula hoop next to my television. Whenever I find myself thinking of indulging in unhealthy eating, I grab the hula hoop and do 10 minutes (5 in each direction). By the time I finish, the diet sabatog moment is over.
When I find myself reaching for the frig handle when I am bored, I will take a walk around my yard. The beautiful blooms make me smile. And by the time I go back inside, I am no longer bored or at risk of emotional eating.
I have a sedentary job, so to compensate, I make sure to do something physical every two hours. On my morning break, I walk around the parking lot. At lunch, I take a walk around the mall. And on my afternoon break, I will walk up and down the steps for 5 to 10 minutes.
Weekends can be a dietary challenge. To help me stay on track, I stock my kitchen with healthy snacks with a theme. One weekend the theme will be fresh melon so I buy a party tray of cut melon. Another weekend, the theme will be orange and I will buy sweet potatoes, carrots, and cantaloupe.