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I recently bought a pair of 10 pound dumb bells and started strength training in front of a full length mirror. I have a list of exercises (bicep curls, triceps, lateral raises, etc.) that I do. It only takes 10 minutes but I'm getting stronger. And muscles burn more calories than fat.
I have all my veggies cut up and ready to go in little bowls to make my veggie sub for lunch every day. On a whole wheat hoagie roll, I pile on cucumbers, tomato, onions, green pepper, lettuce, shredded carrots, banana peppers, and olives. I use spicy brown mustard and homemade vinegrette instead of mayo. Delicious !
Of course, you shouldn't over-do salt, but when you use salt, make sure it's IODIZED. Iodine is necessary for your thyroid to make it's main hormone, thyroxine. Without enough iodine in your diet, you can develop hypothyroidism.
For my husband and me, our favorite "date night" is to pack a picnic of turkey and ham sub sandwiches and fresh fruit. We walk down to the beach a mile away and watch the sunset into the Gulf of Mexico while we talk about our lives. It's so romantic and basically FREE.
I know this wouldn't work for everyone because you have to get to work, but if you don't really NEED your vehicle, consider living without it. This is what I did 4- 1/2 years ago. I ride a bike with a basket on it. I walk. I take the bus. Occasionally I take a cab. But I'm saving lots of money and getting lots of extra exercise to boot.
If the scale doesn't seem to be moving despite your best efforts, get out the tape measure and check out your measurements. Several times this worked for me. I was surprised to find I had lost an inch on my waist and on my hips. This gave me encouragement to keep going with my plan.
When I first decided to quit drinking because it was thwarting my weight-loss efforts I felt deprived. "Everyone else was drinking - - Why can't I drink too? I want to join the party" But now I'm reminding myself of the benefits of staying alcohol-free. The main one is that I'm more alert and less tired now. No hangover for me now !