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Here's my go-to breakfast when I need some "get-up-and-go" in a hurry in the morning, energy that will last me a few hours. Don't judge this by the list of ingredients, just the taste and how great you feel!
I found that you burn MORE calories by exercising for 60 minutes in one shot than for two separate sessions of 30 minutes.
Hunger isn't necessarily for food!
It takes time for the body to accept smaller portions and healthier food as "normal". However, until it does, eating this way will feel challenging. My own body took 3 months to reach the point when I just felt too full to finish what had previously been a "normal" helping.
This REALLY helps you save time if there are a few things you always eat together. I find this really helpful for breakfast when I have one of 5 things: 2 different smoothie combinations, cereal and milk, english muffin with cheese, or scrambled eggs, together with coffee (with the works...) It takes a little longer than simple inputting the first time, but then it is just 1 simple fast move after that. Saves an amazing amount of time, especially if you are using an app version of SP.
I've NEVER been a runner, not even as a teen. I'm not inactive though, but exercise has never seemed to have the magic effect it is supposed to on my body.
Looking at most SparkPages I see goals that are often so huge, so hard to attain, so far away. Personally, I started out here at 170lbs, and ideally need to lose about 30lbs to get to a healthy BMI. That's an IDEAL. Of course, I could dream and say that I'd love to get to 125 or 130, but I'm not even thinking about that 30 or 45lbs, just the next 5! I do what I need to do to reach that - eating, exercise - and rejoice when I get there! I've reached 2 goals so far, and feel like a winner!
If you find yourself waiting for someone or something for more than half a minute, use the time! Even if you're self-conscious, you can benefit from some secret exercise that no-one knows you're doing, unless they look closely. If I'm waiting somewhere, I try to find a step (stairs, doorway, curb etc) and quietly step up and down. It's amazing how the heart-rate jumps up, and you start to burn calories in a very short time! Hey, the train (or the kids) can be late and it's really OK....
I heard this a few years ago, and it's SO true. I've recently lost a few pounds (though nowhere near enough) and the most DELICIOUS feeling is slipping my clothes on rather than squeezing into them. Remembering this phrase is key when you are faced with food that may or may not be "worth it".
Most of the time in the stores you see big apples (2 per pound). If you compare the calorie load of a large apple with a small one (3 per pound), the difference is astonishing. Usually you just want one apple, and a small one will do. Where to find small apples? In the organic department - smaller and tastier, and healthier too. When you figure the difference in cost between a big regular apple and a small organic one, there's not much in it.