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Try varying your daily calorie intake. Instead of consuming (for example) precisely 1800 calories each day - you can mix it up. Eat 1500 calories one day, and 2100 calories the next. This can be as simple as doubling a portion size or cutting it in half. The trick is to keep the body guessing.
When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!
I made SparkPeople my homepage. So even on the days I don't feel like working out, I open my computer and it's staring me in the face saying log your food and get exercising. And then the more I do that the more articles and blogs I find to read. It gives me the motivation I need.
I use this when I get "exercise" of being outside doing yard work, or going for walks. I load up my MP3 player with free audio books and listen to them as I work. Makes the time fly! I use www.audiovox.org for those books.
When cooking/baking, drop your utensils in hot, soapy water as soon as you use them, even if you intend to wash them in the dishwasher. Keeps you from being tempted to kick the spoons, beaters, etc.
I have only lost 4# on Spark People but HAVE lost inches. The other day I discovered a shirt that I couldn't fit into (around my hips) fits now. Someone who hadn't seen me for awhile said I was thinner. Don't judge success by the numbers on the scale but how you feel, how your clothes fit, et
I know how badly I need to get my 8 hrs of sleep, and that it's best to get up and go to bed at the same time each day. So I have an alarm set on my cell phone to remind me to start winding down about an hour before I should hit the sack.