Before i started my healthy lifestyle, i used to treat food as either a friend or an enemy. Its when i learned to approach food as what it really is - nutrition, that i managed to incorporate my new eatinghabits!
Set a goal, then plan the action steps to reach it.
The notes you enter on SparkPeople or in a written journal will help you detect habits or patterns that can be improved. This will allow you to change patterns that thwart your progress, strengthen those that move you closer to goal, and develop options for any that trip you up. The calendar is useful because you can anticpate upcoming events and put alternatives into place.
I used to think I could never go without a soda. Just thinking about not ever drinking a soda again would make me crave it even more. It was actually a lot easier than I thought, to kick. I mainly drink water and one cup of coffee a day.
They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit. But I realized by day 15, those cookies everyone was eating in the office wasn't really something I wanted or desired to eat. Whatever it is you want to achieve, if you can make it 21 days without cheating or slipping, you are golden! =D
Pick 1 specific goal (etc to do 10 minutes exercise every day), set a time (when I get home from work) and a place - be specific so that it's measureable. Do this for a month then increase by 10 minutes. Stick to 1 goal at a time or it won't become a habit!! Do too much and you lose track.
I use the SparkSummary Calendar found in My Trackers; Reports; Weights and Other Reports; My SparkSummary Calendar to notice trends in eating and exercise. If I don't lose as much as I think I should I look at my patterns to determine how I can adjust for even more success!
I exercise every single day, planned and at gym or impromptu dance, it ALL counts!! Make a commitment to exercise every day, track on your fitness tracker, build the habit faster, take the guesswork/procrastination out of 'should I or not today' YES, you do it EVERY single blessed day :D
Whenever I buy a snack, for example, almonds, I weigh out and pre-package multiple snack size bags so I can just grab and go. Depending on the snack, I'll do 3-5 bags at a time. I'll throw one them in the car, purse, etc. When I'm out, I'll have something to keep me satisfied instead fast food.
Practicing gratitude is one of the most important habits we can form. When the dark clouds of worry, despair, anger, depression and helplessness hang over our heads, being able to express gratitude for something or someone will boost our attitudes. It will enhance a good mood too!!
When I look at other people who seem to find fitness easy I remind myself that they are just the same as me and not superhuman.