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I set short term goals for myself. That's the best thing I can do to stay on track. Having long term goals is important, but they aren't a great motivator when it's decision-making time. Short term goals are the 'carrot on a stick' that keeps me reaching for that next exciting milestone.
Here's a way to eat more mindfully, which will naturally lead to eating less. If you're planning on eating a sandwich (for example) with a side dish or 2, bring each item out separately. Each item should be on the plate alone. That way, you're able to fully focus your attention on enjoying that thing, without just tearing through and conquering everything on the plate. When you get full, you're less likely to get up and get more food. Laziness trumps greed, right?
Here's a tip to keep your hands (relatively) clean while shaping hamburger patties: Wet your hands before you start to handle the ground meat. The patties will be more pliable, and your hands won't pick up nearly as much grease or food particles.
I had a pair of jeans that were getting quite baggy. I thought I would have to get rid of them and go out and buy more (even though I really couldn't afford to). I washed them, and put them in the dryer with a little extra time. Since they're cotton, they shrunk down a full size. I used to hang dry them so they WOULDN'T shrink, Now I'll be able to hang on to them for another couple of weeks until I can afford to replace them!
I used to get way off track when I allowed myself 'cheat days' on the weekends. I remedied that by cutting off my eating much earlier in the day than I normally would. I usually stop eating by 6. Now, on the weekends, I stop eating by 4. That way, I don't have to be so concerned that I'm overloading on calories when I'm not being super-careful about what I'm eating. You can only do so much damage before 4pm. It works. I've lost weight 3 weekends in a row!
Stop asking yourself whether you feel like exercising or not. Commit to working out for a certain length of time on certain days, and honor your commitment to yourself. Make it that simple. It's not about whether you're feeling motivated or not. It's simply about honoring the most essential person in your life -- you.
Weight loss is as much a mental/spiritual and emotional process as it is a physical one. Spend time feeding your spirit by finding music/readings that encourage and uplift you in your journey. Spend as much time in thought/prayer/meditation about your plan for success as you do exercising and meal planning. It's just as important.
It may sound strange, but I sleep in the clothes I'm going to work out in so that I can get my mind set to wake up first thing in the morning and exercise. It forces me to think about it the night before, which helps my resolve, and it ensures I won't be fumbling around for workout clothes when I'm foggy and hazy in the mornings. I love it!
Be careful about giving yourself weekends off your plan. It only takes a couple of days to undo the progress you've made all week. Find small ways to give yourself treats on the weekends, but don't completely abandon your healthy eating habits. You'll only delay your progress.
ADD TO rather than Take Away. Gradually add water to your diet, and build on that, rather than intentionally trying to drink less soda or juice. If you're drniking more water, you will automatically drink less juice and soda, and you'll prevent yourself from rebelling because you feel deprived.