I have found that setting goals not only yields results (as in accomplishing the obvious), but it boosts my self-confidence, and helps me think through my words and actions before following through. There is much satisfaction in completing goals!
DSD = Do Something Different!!
whats helped me a lot is using the 1 ingredient rule. I try to stay clear of anything in the grocery store that contains more then one ingredient... I make everything at home myself from scratch and freeze extras if necessary. This keeps me from putting a lot of preservatives and extra sugars and salt. Saves me so much time not having to read every label as I go through and my meals turn out bright and colorful!!
Learning to can and preserve your own food does more than save you money. Many of the products on the market like canned tomatoes, beans, and fruits are canned in cans that have a lining that may be harmful to your health and can cause cancer. By canning your own food you save money and your health. Need help getting started? Go online, the library, or even your local cooperative extension has advice. You don't have to start out with pressure canning. (continued in more information)
OK... I'll admit it.... the week before my period I NEED (not want.. NEED) chocolate. I don't over do it, but for 5-7 days, I have to have it.
Mornings are not my best time of day. As a stay at home mom, I can flit away a few hours of the morning and then wonder where the time went. My new working plan is to plan my morning the night before. When I get into bed, I think about what I want to accomplish and then visualize myself performing my planned activities. This morning I was very slow moving. Because I had planned and visualized my morning, I accomplished my plan. Slowly, but I accomplished it all the same!
I have heard so many of those I love and care for excuse themselves for not exercising! I don't judge them but, am sincerely concerned. Why isn't exercising a priority? The research is there as to how it affects your mood, your life span, your waistline, your energy levels and yet I hear all the time that people just "don't have time for it". My point is this..make a commitment to yourself that you will do "something" for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Take the thinking out of it! You deserve that!
I spent many years thinking that I was powerless to lose weight permanently. I DO have the power to change, however, because I have a choice, and it's mine to make each day. A healthy lifestyle is all about making the best choices we can along the way, not about being perfect. When I don't 'feel' like eating right or exercising, I remind myself that it's my choice--no one else can make it for me--and that usually motivates me to do what I know I need to.
I'm not sure if this is better posted under exercise or saving money. I guess it fits both. I have been saving for a membership to a gym. While I am saving I have gone to 4 local places and they have all given me a one to even seven day free pass to try out their fitness centers. Now I can work out at those places for free while I am saving for my membership AND it will help me make a better decision on which place to join!
Finding mentors for healthy eating and exercise was key for me. Modeling some of my behavior on the positive examples of healthy friends and removing many of the negative influences has changed my life.
I was a 'lurker' on SparkPeople for a long time; I read but I did not get connected. It wasn't until I started commenting in forums and on other people's blogs that I really started having success in my efforts to change my life. It's the people here that make the biggest difference. Get connected!
Journaling can help you to know where you are and where you are coming from. It helps you to see what you may have done to affect your program and how to correct yourself to get back on track. Journaling is a great way to express yourself, review your actions, and motivate yourself on your journey.
Reading labels and avoiding added salt has helped me to eat healthy and lose weight. So many items items from OTC meds to food have added sodium written in variouus forms. By avoiding items that contain sodium I have been able to keep from adding pounds due to water retension.
Buy several refillable water bottles (I prefer the stainless steel myself.) Keep at least four full of water in the refrigerator to have on hand. Then there are no excuses for not having time to get water before leaving the house; just grab a bottle and go. Good for the environment too!