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Awhile back I read a "Secret" where someone used oatmeal for her comfort food. I really liked that. So the past 2 weeks I've been doing that, when I wanted a comfort food having oatmeal with some cinnamon and raisins in it. or a little butter, which i don't usually add. It does work, and it has solved a big problem for me. I'm going to try some with peanut butter, like she suggested.
This is my tip to prevent wrecking all your hard work in one fatal swoop, 4 steps to stay on-target:
Plan your food ahead. Make it healthy, make it within your range. Click the feedback and make sure it covers most of what you need, nutrition wise. Then FOLLOW it. Even if you are still hungry. Even if you get cravings. Just follow it anyway! And over the month you will get used to eating less.
1. Gather all the useless junk you've bought and NOT used, or used once or twice and take a photo. Put the photo in your purse right next to your credit cards. Next time you start to buy something you haven't planned for, look at your photo first.
I got this from a Spark article yesterday and decided to just try it. And it WORKS!! For your strengthening exercises, instead of counting 1, 2, 3. ...12, try chanting Strength, Power, Speed, Endurance! If you repeat it 3 times, you've done 12 reps and it SERIOUSLY makes them easier. Just try it!
Spark people has a calendar for January, called "31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions". I've been doing all the suggestions up to today (day 4) and they really do help!! I believe if you actually DO them all, your resolutions WILL be unbreakable! The calendar can be found here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
Lost the "all or nothing" mentality. If you try to do everything that you need to do, or if you try to tackle ALL of your bad health habits at once, you are setting yourself up for failure. Just keep making small sustainable changes. If you only made 1 or 2 changes per month, you would probably keep them up, and after a year, you would have a MUCH healthier life-style. Can you imagine how active you would be if you just added ONE thing each month, for a year?
This one is the sister to "making a clutter-free zone each day". If you buy something new, get rid of something you already have. It will help you keep your zones from being RE-cluttered, AND it will make you think twice before buying more stuff in the first place.
Don't worry about where you WERE. or where you COULD BE. Just start where you are now, just start walking or drinking water or watching what you eat. Realize it's a process and a life style change, so it doesn't matter what you did yesterday. Instead of beating yourself up, congratulate yourself about what you are doing right NOW.
Save one penny for each spark point you earn...you can give yourself as much or as little as you want each day. Then use the money to treat yourself when you lose weight, or when you do especially well at meeting your goals. Right now I have 7388 Spark Points, that's nearly $74!!