When I started out, I probably wasn't regularly getting enough servings of vegetables and fruit. I was going over on sodium fairly often. I was eating out a lot more. But I didn't try to go from so-so eating to perfect healthy eating in one step. Instead, I started tracking and focused on just one adjustment. First it was getting enough of carbs-fat-protein. Not the right balance necessarily, just enough. As I swapped in foods to get that balance right, I naturally ate better.
The SP tracker was the only "equipment" needed. I used it to plan as much as to track - entering foods before I got to the meal so I could see if they'd balance. This allowed me to adjust what I'd eat in advance rather than feel bad after eating and finding out it didn't fit well.
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When you begin to make lifestyle changes whether it's getting healthy physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or taking control of finances,or education take the time to recognize the success in even the smallest of changes. Getting excited about the smallest of changes is a lot more healthy than dwelling negatively on were you are vs were you want to be. Positive thinking prompts positve changes. Stay focused, stay encouraged. Remember even the smallest of change is a success.
The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. Benjamin Mays
I make a goal for myself to make one small change for the better every week. These small changes have added up fast. It can be like, eat one vegetable every day. Or, this week I started composting. Smaller is better. Small changes are easy to stick with. You can add to them later.
Examples of my small changes I've made over the last 3 months: Bike to school, drink water instead of soda, walk my son to school, walk the dog every day. As my confidence builds, my changes get bigger. I quit smoking this way! I bike 50 miles a week now!
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