I have a very pretty glass that I keep at work to drink my water in. It makes it more fun to fill it up and it doesn't feel like such a burden because it gives me a "pick me up" and it looks great on my desk, also!
This is a great website that lets you choose how many calories, carbs and fat you can have and it gives you recipes under those guidelines.
If I'm cooking something in my oven, I'll throw in a few split breasts with the skin removed while I'm baking my casserole or whatever. Then, when the chicken cools, I shred it for later uses. That way, I'm not using my oven just to bake the chicken and I always have cooked chicken on hand.
I tell myself "If you're going to count your calories, make your calories count!" Then, I think twice before I put something in my mouth...is this going to make me feel full as well as nourish my body?
These are the perfect late night snack for me when I'm craving chocolate. With skim milk, I feel like I'm cheating when I'm really not. It's great when my friend comes to towm!
Try to remember the old adage to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. That way your body is using your intake in proportion with your output.
I use walnut oil to sautee my asparagus and it is a GREAT taste! Wonderful when you want something different and it's a good fat, too.
Taking that first step is always the hardest but remember that it's just one step at a time. Make each step become a habit, a part of your life. Soon, you'll be surprised at how easy it becomes.
I have decided that I WILL workout. We all have things we MUST do and exercising is one of them. We MUST do laundry. We MUST clean our house. We MUST take care of ourselves. Once it becomes a must, you will be able to fill that slot of time. Just don't let it become an option.
Even if you don't have a 401K, pay yourself first. Take out 6% (or whatever you are comfortable with) and invest in a CD or something. Do it with every paycheck and then rollover that CD when it comes to term.