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I've read a lot of articles and posts that encourage people to eat from smaller plates since smaller plates make portions look better. I've tried something else that works, too. I like to make a stir fry and eat it from a big bowl. Even if I pile in a lot of veggies and some rice and protein, the portion never equals more than 400 calories. Plus, it looks like so much food since it's all stacked up!
Enough said! :)
At the gym, I tend to get bored and sometimes cranky if I'm working out hard. So I've started to pretend like I'm a coach. I look at someone running on the treadmill and think, "You go, girl" or "That's the way to do it." It takes what might be a critical thought and makes it really positive, and it is a really fun way to pass the time.
When it comes to healthy eating and exercise, one of the most important things I've learned is to *pay attention* when others make suggestions. Something might not seem like it's right for me at one time, but the more I pay attention, the more I build up a "bank" of ideas and tips I can turn to later. It's hard to get anything right on the first try, but by being committed to trying, I've been able to figure out what works. You never know when something will come in handy!
I'm on vacation, and I've taken SP right along with me. It's so great to have a routine of tracking my food, checking in with friends, seeing everyone's updates, and knowing that I'm on a journey - and not just a quick fix - to better health.
I carry a little worry stone in my pocket and sometimes in my hand. It helps me stay on track. When I'm worried about eating too much because I'm going to a dinner party or feeling stressed or whatever, I can just hold onto it. It's amazing how centered that little stone makes me feel.
There's an article here about 100 Super Foods (http://www.sparkpeople.com/
I use the "analyze my diet" button at the end of the day as a way to stay away from evening snacking. Even if I plan on having a snack later, I'll plug it in right after dinner. That way, if I wander down to the fridge later that night, I'll feel less temptation to just have a bit of this or that (or a whole lot of this or that.) Who wants to log back on and add a food after everything's been wrapped up?
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