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When I'm having a particularly hard day dealing with cravings, I tell myself...."Just for the next hour, I will not eat that piece of chocolate".... or "just for the next half hour, I will not have that piece of banana nut bread", and then when I've made it through that far, I restate the goal..."just for another hour, I will not have that piece of cake".... breaking things into manageable units makes it easier to do, for some people.
Even when it seems like it's too hot outside to do anything productive...there is always a pool open somewhere. Swimming is a great way to burn calories without much effort. Just treading water helps burn those pesky calories in a jiffy. I went swimming for an hour yesterday then tracked it on here and it ended up being over 1000 calories burned. Last one in is a rotten egg!
The trick I use to get my 8 cups of water a day is to drink 1 cup before a meal, and 1 cup after the meal. With three meals a day, thats 6 cups! and the other two cups (or more!) are easily put in during a workout or sipping while watching tv! With this trick I usually get about 9-13 cups of water a day!
So many of us read, watch TV or text during exercise; and, if you think about it, it's not a good thing. If we distract ourselves, though it helps pass the time, we might not be putting 100% effort into the activity. Listening to music can be more motivating, as you move to the beat. If music isn't your thing, just concentrate on giving every step you walk, or every weight you lift your full attention. Full attention and effort isn't easy, but the rewards will be great.
I started putting up motivational quotes that speak to me on my cubicle wall at work. I write them out all pretty with colorful markers. One of my favorites: "Always do what you are afraid to do." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am learning not to beat myself up about little slips. If I go over my meal or daily allowances, I let it go and continue to make healthy choices. Beating myself up only results in a failure state of mind. I have not failed, I just made a small mistake.