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After getting some info from a friend I decided to get a Fitbit. I love walking and to keep the motivation alive, I take different directions. I have the privilege to live in the country side and can choose for flatter roads or more hilly. My Fitbit tracts an accurate reading of the difference; it helps me to make the right choice depending of what I need to accomplish.
Listen to old favorites on YouTube. It's a wonderful mood lifter. Enjoy the nostalgia! I made up about 38 minutes worth of songs to work out and cool down to. Here are the songs that pick up my mood dramatically: Here You Come Again, Real Love, Home, Down on the Corner, Mountain Music, Roll On, All I Ever Need is You, Love is Like a Butterfly, Maybe You Should Know, You decorated my Life, You light up my life, To Me.
I try to wear 'exercise wearable clothes' most days (yoga pants). Right when I wake up, 10 minutes elliptical or aerobics; while dinner is cooking, 10 minutes of crunches, etc) so I'm always exercise ready. So on days I don't get a workout in at the gym, I can squeeze in 30 minutes or so easy!
Try and spend one day not complaining about anything and looking for only positives..when in traffic ...time to do butt crunches.When really hungry think of the new healthy you..you will smile and it will become habit..then lifestyle
I had to write down my big goal. Then the steps that would get me there. Each week I would add a goal as well as keeping previous goals. ie. drinking 8-10 glasses of water, then 8-10 glasses of water + 5 servings of fruit 7 veggies. Then getting steps etc.
When hit a plateau, I change up the food groups I was using. Eating a little more carbs and vegetables versus protein. My body apparently was recognizing a routine, and the change up kicked in. Losing slow and steady.
I was on a 4 month plateau where the scale would not budge. This week I did a few things that seemed to work for my sluggish body
I am using calorie cycling and really mixing up my workouts to prevent the dreaded plateau. I bounce between high calorie days (2000), medium (1500) and light(1000). I constantly switch up my workouts so my body does not get used to any routines and stops responding. This is easy to do as I have over 40 fitness DVDs. So far so good!