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DRINKING WATER BEFORE EACH MEAL IT HELPS, YOU TO GET TO , YOUR TOTAL OF 8 GLASSES A DAY
No time to exercise...make it a family affair!
I am a mother of 7 children, and I don't always have time to get in a workout. So instead of skipping, I take the kids and off we go! Sometimes we explore a neat trail, or we make an adventure by going on a hike. Whatever we do, we not only are ALL getting in a good workout, but we're spending time together as a family! And I'm teaching my children good habits as well! It's a win all around!! :-)
Do one thing every day that makes you happy
Do one thing every day that makes you happy when you are feeling down or at your lowest point.
For me that is photography some of my best photography came from 1/2 yr after our firstborn died. (six yrs ago)
For everyone it's something different.
Small Bits all Day Long
During bathroom breaks I will do squats, calf raises, wall push ups, even wall sits..If I do this just 3-4 times each work day I feel better and more alert.
Fat people can run, too!
Just because you are overweight doesn't mean you can't run! I started out slowly last March and ran the Portland Marathon in October - still 60 pounds overweight! If I can, you can, too!
Have a drink ...!
When I think I'm hungry, i.e. starving, I like to stop what I'm doing and have a big drink of water before I eat anything because I've found that I'm usually more thirsty than I am hungry.
I am ready to do this for me, not for anyone else. This is the one time i can actually be selfish and not feel bad about it! I am happy with myself, but can't wait to see what I can do to make my self better!
Why do YOU want to lose weight?
Pick an event in the future (2-3 months) in which you REALLY want to look good for. Now everytime you work out, think of that event and how good you'll look. Great motivation!
Excuses can be another way you lie to yourself - we deserve more than that be be honest with yourself, love yourself, make healthy choices.
BUST late night cravings
My usual craving times are at night. I have found that if I drink water instead of right away grabbing a snack, my cravings often go away. I "forget" to drink much throughout the day meaning my body is dehydrated and really not hungry after all.