Even with the healthier whole grain Crackers, Chips, Pretzels...every good intention of sticking with the recommended serving size becomes defeat if the box is within sight. SO, I decided to count out the serving size into little baggies...now I have the right amount each time no guesswork after the meal...guilt free! Slows down my eating because what you see is what you get. Saves money buying bulk instead of individual packages and baggies can be used more than once.
Bras are sooooh expensive. As I lose weight and my bras get too big I really hate to spend money on something that will be too big in a month or two. So now when I buy a new bra, I get one size smaller than my band size and use bra extenders on them until my body catches up (or actually down in this case) to the band size. This cuts the number of times in half that I have to buy smaller size bras!
I went to a thrift store and bought 3 inexpensive jeans, kinda tight but not to tight. When those jeans start to feel lose I take those old jeans back to the thrift store then buy another 3 kinda snug jeans. I could tell I was losing weight buy the way the jeans felt, and it makes me feel like I accomplished something. Like a game, for each pants size is a new level of weight loss and I get to go out and buy more jeans while getting to get rid of bigger ones.
The size of your plate matters. The smaller the plate, the more likely your portion size will be smaller.
Are you shrinking out of your wardrobe, but don't want to buy new clothes because you're still losing? Organize a clothing swap with your friends. Plan a party where everyone brings clothes they no longer want. Set all the clothes out, and everyone gets to "shop" amongst the clothes. If two people want the same item, play rock/paper/scissors to determine who gets it. It's a great "girl's night" event, and a great way to refresh or "downsize" your wardrobe for free!!
I recently lost 50 lbs. with WW and the most important thing that I learned from that experience was portion control. Web MD has a great interactive cheat sheet here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/he
I started cutting my food into smaller pieces and it tricks my brain into thinking I have so much more food on my plate than what is actually there.
Wear clothes that are becoming, no matter what size you are. Choose colors that compliment you and features that hide flaws and highlight assets. Don't stuff yourself into too small clothes. As you lose, chose more fitted clothes that will help you gauge your progress and motivate you to keep the weight and inches off. At some point, a belt will become an accessory!
Make sure to check serving sizes on labels, as well as calories & other nutrients. Sometimes I think something is better because the calories are so much lower, then I realize a "serving" is half the size/weight as other brands.
We have all kinds of utensils for serving foods, but if we just use measuring cups to serve then we know exactly what we are eating, instead of guessing.
Tried on some of the new Addition Elle stretch jeans in the "Curvy" and "Shaped" styles. They rock! I can never find jeans that don't gape at the small of my back since I have a huge butt and small waist. These jeans actually fit! I think they're a bit expensive at $49.99 but worth it.
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.