Secrets of Success
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I'm the kind of person that likes to have something on TV when I'm doing chores around the house. Not that I'm paying attention and watching all of the time, but just something to listen to while I'm folding laundry, paying bills, etc.
Natural peanut butter does not mean without added sugars and hydrogenated oils.....go full fat as sugars and starchy fillers in reduced fat peanut butter are unhealthy and the difference in calories is negligible. Pick one that's packed with protein and has heart healthy monounsaturated fat.
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.
Do What Works For YOU
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.
When I start to feel a binge coming on I put on a face mask and start a manicure /pedicure. The wet nails and goop on your face prevents you from eating and after your finished you feel "pretty" and refreshed. I've lost 35 lbs. since feb. So this has been a useful trick for me. Hope someone else out there finds it useful to.
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!
To get over the plateau and keep your metabolism reved up.
View your daily calories as the amount of cash you have in your wallet; NOT an unlimited credit card!
Hunger isn't necessarily for food!