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I have an exercise bike in the basement in front of the TV.
I've had many injuries over the years and have found it's very easy to use it as an "excuse" to not workout. But to be truly successful in adopting a healthy lifestyle (and in turn, losing weight), you have to be able to adapt to the current situation you are in. So, if you've hurt your leg or foot, focus on upper body workouts to keep your exercise going. Or, if it's an arm or wrist injury, utilize your lower body to keep those calories burning. The important thing is to keep working out!
In order to prevent that "mindless eating" that can occur when you buy larger packages of snack foods (such as crackers, almond, etc.), I keep snack size Ziploc baggies on hand. As soon as I bring the food home, I divide it out into "actual serving size" portions in the baggies, and store them in the cupboard. Then when I want a snack, I can just grab one of the pre-packaged baggies & not worry about the extra calories from over-estimating what I've eaten.
I've never been one who "loves" to exercise... so there are many days that I don't really want to workout. I have found that if I make myself get up and workout for just 5-10 minutes, I usually will feel so good that I end up exercising much longer after all. The most important step is to get up off the couch in the first place!
I absolutely "crave" caramel... but as we all know, it's just empty calories. So, I bought some Viactiv caramel chews, and I eat one every night before I go to bed. I get my caramel "fix" AND get some extra calcium in my diet. It's a great way to satisfy my sweet tooth as well as boost my diet!
When I haven't had time to do a workout, I fit one in while watching TV. During the commercial breaks, I choose one exercise & do as many reps as I can before the show starts again. These include crunches, push-ups, leg lifts, calf raises, bicep curls, tricep dips, jumping jacks, etc. Just move!
Make sure you take measurements when you start out. The scale will stall at times... other times, it will lie! But even during your worst plateau, typically the tape measure will continue to shrink. Also, as you convert fat to muscle, your measurements will change to reflect all your hard work!
Almost every restaurant has their menu online these days... so before heading out to eat, check out the menu and decide ahead of time what healthy options you have available to you. That way, you'll be less likely to be "tempted" by some favorite dish you see on the menu!
I seem to "road trip" alot, so I had to start thinking ahead to keep my fitness on track! Whenever making hotel reservations, a good fitness room or pool is a priority for me. Even if the pool isn't big enough for laps, I can do exercises from my water aerobics classes for a good workout.
I used to be that person who drown my salad in dressing, and even if it's fat free, it's still extra calories! Now, I always ask for my dressing on the side... and I dip my fork into the dressing before every bite of salad. This way, I get the flavor every time, but I use about 1/3 of the dressing!