I use each weekend to cook a variety of healthy meat entrées (and/or casseroles) all at one time and then put them in portion-sized baggies in the freezer. Then it is easy to pop the entrée in the microwave and add a vegetable and salad for a healthy dinner. For the busy person, it reduces the stress of "What's for dinner tonight?" It is far more efficient to cook several entrées at once while the oven is hot and also allows my wife and I to choose different entrées if we wish.
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Sometimes it's difficult fo rme to get up to do fitness before 5AM, so to simplify the process, I'll sleep in my fitness clothes, even if it's just a Speedo style tank swimsuit or sport bra and gym shorts, so all I'll have to do in the AM is grab my shoes and possibly my MP3 and go!
This is the single most useful tool SparkPeople.com provides. If you're new to the site, learn to use it first. Exercise is useful, but learning and controlling what you eat is paramount to weight loss. It takes a little time to learn its special features, but it's well worth it.
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Make a solid effort to take the focus off the scale....set a goal that is meaningful for you....learning to run? set a goal to run a mile without a walk interval, enter a race, Can't do a push up to save your soul? make a goal to complete a set of ten......whatever these goals....work toward them.
workintg toward non scale related goals builds self esteem and in the process....theweight goes too
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