For every pound I lost, I put $5 in an envelope in a bureau drawer. If I gained a pound, out came the $5. I never "borrowed" from it. I only put in money when a whole pound was lost. When I reached goal I had enough to treat myself and my new body to a day at a spa!
Today I was feeling sorry for myself because my children are busy and I don't see them, or talk to them, as often as i would like. This is exactly the kind of thing that would have caused me to binge eat in the past. Instead my husband gave me a big hug and helped me put things in perspective, and...
Hunger isn't necessarily for food!
When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people.
Don't eat food when you need friends, or fluids, or sleep!!!...
When I want to eat something I don't need, usually a Snickers, I grab my belly fat. I reminds me that I already have a Snickers in storage.
Keep adding to a list of surprising changes as you lose weight. E.g. bending is easier, thighs stop chafing, rings fit on fingers, shoes are more comfortable, etc. The growing list is a great motivator. Even if you hit a plateau you have a record of changes to keep you feeling positive.
Buy a bag of really small rubber bands, the kind used for multi-braiding hair. Put a rubber band around the top of the hanger, when you wear the item remove the rubber band. At the end of the season or six months, any item with a rubber band still on the hanger hasn't been worn and needs to go to...
I just started having a box of organic fruits & veggies delivered to my house once a week. It is amazing how many veggies I am eating now and I have lost enough weight in just 1 week to make my pants fit comfortably again! =)
When I hit a plateau, I switched up my exercise routine, by doing cardio after weight training. (I did do a warm up prior to weight training.) Also key for me was staying calm about it and accepting it as part of the process.
Weigh your self daily. Don't allow yourself to gain more than 5 pounds without taking positive action. Continue to exercise and track your food. Maintain the good habits that caused you to lose weight.