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I made a list of the reasons why I want to lose weight and put them on 3x5 notecards. I read them every morning, at mealtimes, when I feel the urge to eat something destructful or when I need a pick me up. I keep the cards on my kitchen counter so they are always there. Here are the 1st few reasons listed on my cards: Feel better about myself, look/feel better in clothes, set good example for my kids, be healthy, avoid diabetes/heart disease, be proud of me, more energy, play soccer again.
Writing down your goals helps you realize why you are on this weight loss journey in the first place. In moments of weakness, it really does help to read the list before you put any food in your mouth. You realize that your goals will make you feel better than any piece of food can.
I have started to use a pedometer. I am a teacher and I am having my students track my progress by charting my data, my daily amount of steps. I am always pushing them to improve, so now I have to set an example and improve as well.
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