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When the Tex-Mex cravings hit instead of ordering a "chili salad" (which usually comes with chips,cheese and sour cream already included), I order a plain salad and a cup of chili which I pour over the salad myself. Saves on the fat and calories big time!
Moving can be traumatic. It's common to do a house blessing or throw a party when you move into a new place, but I have found it really helpful when you are moving out! With family and close friends, in each room share a memory (happy, sad, or otherwise) and offer a hope for the new people who will soon occupy that place. It brings a lot of healing and helps with letting go for the whole family.
Breaking exercise into smaller goals makes it more doable. When the two mile run seems daunting I play a mental game to get my self through. I tell my self that the first two laps are really just a warm up, and I know I can do two laps. Then I tell myself that the next two laps are the first half of my one mile run, and I know I can run one mile. After that I congratulate myself for being half way through. I do the 2nd half of my one mile, etc. It helps!
It has been HOT where I live! I didn't want to give up my running program so Sunday night I washed my running clothes so that early Monday morning I could put them on while they were still damp. It really helped to have my own "evaporating air cooling system"!
While a good protein bar can occasionally be a lifesaver when you need to eat on the go, energy bars are often no more than vitamin enriched candy bars. Be sure to read the labels, and choose a product that has protein for staying power.
When I am on the road at lunch time and haven't thought to pack a lunch (Duh!) I don't look for golden arches, but a grocery store. Many groceries have a salad bar where I can make a spinach salad with tuna or grilled chicken. Fruit makes a great dessert. I am not tempted by soda or fries, and get several servings of fruits and veggies in my noon time meal, often for less money than a fast food meal.
On the old children's television program "Big Comfy Couch" Loonette the clown always ended the show by tackling her "big mess" with a "ten second tidy". Ten minutes before I head up to bed helps keep my "big mess" under control. You'd be surprised how much can be accomplished in such a short period of time if you stay focused.
My food scale sits on the kitchen counter and travels to the table when I am serving family style. It is harder to cheat (you can't mound the measuring cup!) and really helps me keep my portions in check. Most foods can be entered into the food tracker by grams, and portion sizes almost always include a gram equivalent on the label.
My "Sparkpeople" water bottle holds a little less than three cups. I drink one water bottle before I eat breakfast, one between breakfast and lunch, and finish the third between lunch and bed. I get my 8 cups, and much of my water early in the day so I don't have to get up at night!
It is a temptation to shrug your shoulders and eat what is on the menu as offered. You can ask for modifications and still make good choices. I saw a grilled buffalo chicken wrap, and a chicken Caesar salad on the menu. by substituting the grilled buffalo chicken and skipping the croutons and dressing I had a great low calorie lunch!