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I often eat out with friends on short notice and usually order some type of salad. I've discovered the dressings are usually high in sodium and calories so I've started taking my own - 2 tablespoons in a cleaned pill container. I can add the whole amount and don't need to just "dip my fork" in the dressing as I eat. I keep several pill bottles filled and ready to go in the fridge. Put the measured amount in and mark the outside of the bottle with permanent marker so you never measure again.
When you're struggling and having a rough time, don't hesitate to let your SparkFriends know about it. They'll be there to provide support, encouragement, motivation, and a shoulder to cry on if needed. My friends have "talked and walked" me through many difficult times.
I bought a set of inexpensive "freezer-pop" molds. I drop a few grapes in each and then fill them with Crystal Light White Grape (my favorite flavor) and pop them into the freezer. A very low cal cold treat on warm days!
I tend to procrastinate (avoid!) when it comes to starting my strength exercises so I've started putting the message "DO YOUR STRENGTH EXERCISES" on my Spark appointment calendar. I get an e-mail message of the appointment and I don't delete it until I've done the exercises!
I find spending time interacting with my SparkFriends and teams daily helps keep me motivated and encouraged. I find that "down" days soon improve if I share positive messages and help others celebrate their victories.
I started off all "gung-ho" and felt I was a failure if I didn't have at least 120 minutes of exercise a day. Both my energy and motivation soon died! I've learned that it is okay, even beneficial, to allow myself a day to rest.
I keep a basket of healthy snacks on my kitchen counter and reach into it when I need something. It includes 100 calorie almond packs, cups of diced peaches and mandarin oranges packed in water, 60 calorie packs of prunes, sugar-free pudding cups, and fresh fruit.
I take time to visit each of my friends' pages on a regular basis to leave a short, encouraging message. I also make sure to check my friend feed and send congratulations, encouragement, or support whenever a posting merits it.