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There are things in life that we can change and things that we can't. Change those that can and don't let the others get you down. You can only do what you can do - no more and no less. Just make sure you do the best that you can. :)
1/4 a pound loss after working hard all week does not sound like a lot. BUT take a stick of butter and put it under your chin. WOW! a quater of a pound makes a big difference. Celebrate every loss not matter how big OR small!
I keep a chain of paper clips next to my computer monitor at work. Each paper clip represents one pound lost. They are always front and center to help keep me motivated. I remember to say "No thank you" to the office doughnuts.
Hunger isn't necessarily for food!
Eggplant is used to reduce glucose levels of type II Diabetes. This vegetable contains low levels of carbohydrates and high fiber levels. In fact, the vegetable is regarded as a natural method of controlling diabetes. however people with untreated kidney or gall bladder problems should avoid the consumption of eggplants. Eggplant also helps fight heart disease
I just read that the Japanese have a saying that you should eat 30 different things every day. It helps make sure you get a wide variety of nutrients. Just make sure the portions are tiny. Think of a bento box, lots of little treats.
When I asked a young woman who had lost 200 pounds how she did it, she said that she treated weight loss like a job. No matter how she felt, she showed up. She showed up at the grocery store to buy the right food, she showed up to track her food, she showed up to walk, etc.
Every time you are done a workout, write what was so great about it on a small piece of paper (e.g. "I felt strong when I ran today"). Then fold the paper and add it to your motivation jar. When you are feeling less motivated, you can reach in and read a few papers to get you pumped up to workout again.
When I have a craving that comes at a time when I shouldn't eat, I brush my teeth. I think it's just a fact that no one wants to turn around and eat after brushing teeth, and it's great for your teeth. You can still brush your teeth if you're at work or out somewhere. And it doesn't have to be very involved, just a quick brush does the trick.
Even when I'm not motivated I just keep moving. I make a big deal out of loading the washer and dryer, moving every part of my body that I can.I keep the soap on a high shelf so that I have to stretch to reach it. Same with things in the kitchen. Reaching and stretching every chance I get. When I'm shopping, I am really moving. I go the long way around to get to the aisles I need to go in. Those few extra seconds for each task add up to minutes that I don't miss.