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Old 01-05-2010, 06:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Along with the picture idea i find that hanging a pair of jeans, or favourite item of clothing that no longer fits, up in the bedroom. This keeps me motivated and makes me aware that if i stick to my plan i will soon be walking around in those jeans! A cup of green tea (or normal tea) also helps me when the cravins start to creep in, it makes me full and kills the cravings for a while.
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Old 01-05-2010, 08:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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1. Food/Calorie Tracking - like on FitDay! I find it helps remind me of portion sizes and makes me ask the critical "is this worth xx calories?" before I put anything in my mouth.

2. Club Soda/Perrier Water - bubbles without all the calories! Takes some getting used to but cuts out all those useless sugar calories in pop and juice - and great for when you get sick of ice water.

3. Prepackaged 100 Calorie Snacks - ok, they`re way over priced, and the wasteful packaging is atrocious but they help enjoy the snacks you crave without over eating! Definitely worth it when you`re first getting started.

4. Pictures of me at my goal weight - wish I would have put more effort into staying there, but oh well. Seeing proof that I`ve been there before helps remind me that I can get there again!

5. Exercise class - I hate working out, and it seems when I`m on a machine at the gym I can always find 1000 reasons to stop and quit early. If I`m in a class (tae-bo, boxercise is my favourite!) it`s way harder to leave part-way through when everyone is looking at you!

Hope these help - good luck!
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I agree with writng down everything.

Also, I use a reward system. for every 10 lbs I loose, I will go buy myself something.. I pre-decide what I want..
at 10 lbs, I purchased an i-tunes gift card to add more music to my ipod
at 20 lbs I purchased new sneakers
at 30 lbs I WILL buy new jeans
at 40 lbs I WILL get a pedicure
at 50 lbs I WILL do a day at the spa

that way I decide every time I put food in my mouth, would I rather have food that lasts for a few minutes or work my way to my goals...

also if I feel hungry I will drink 16 oz of water and then wait 10 minutes before I would get something to eat. I have heard that sometimes your body confuses hunger with thirst/dehydration.

I drink 64 oz of water a day, so I am usually floating and that makes me not want to eat..

chew gum if you want to eat,sometimes my mouth just wants to chew so gum will give me the same sensation(actually it tires out my jaw so I do not want to eat) gum helps a lot....
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:44 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your great replies, the glass of water and 30 minute rule really help and of course using Fitday journals
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:54 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Set goals. You have a long term goal, but set weekly and daily goals.

Sit down on Sunday or Monday morning and determine how much you are going to eat and what and when you are going to exercise for the upcoming week. For example, make a goal to eat 1500 calories and exercise 1 hour per day.

Record on a calendar or a spreadsheet what you did. I would circle the items I did in red and cross out the things I didn't do on a calendar and then it became very visual.

On the following Sunday or Monday, evaluate how you did for the week. Did you make your eating goal? Your exercise goal? If not, figure out why and where the problems were and try to figure out how to get better. For example, if you planned to workout first thing in the morning and only got up once to exercise then you might consider trying to get to bed earlier, investing in stronger coffee, or moving your workout time later in the day. But always keep it positive and moving forward. Don't berate yourself. Just keep trying. If you made your goals, then congratulate yourself and set your goals for the next week.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:33 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I found that using a partner, in my case, a neighbor/friend, has helped keep both of us motivated. We hold each other accountable and instead of sitting in front of the TV, we plan walks, runs, and share dinner ideas.

When I'm not in the mood to go for a run, she motivates me and I don't want to let her down...and vice versa. Plus, it is inspiring to see someone else's success and makes it much more fun and sustainable.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:44 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Default TIPs that I like to use and Seems to help me

I try to eat bascially the same for Breakfast and lunch. Like Yogart and banana for breakfast. Or egg beater and multi bran WW bread.
For lunch I try to have either soup, one serving with added vegetables, or a salad. Salad made with all kinds of veggies,(not lettuce) with slices of turkey, and I use a tablespoon of cottage cheese and mix it all together. This salad is quite filling. Veggies like, carrot, cukes, apples, zucchini, pickles, tomotoes,onions peppers seem to fill you up better than lettuce. I use lots of veggies, with frozen entres for dinner. 100 calorie popcorn and 100 calorie Ice cream pops for snack in the evening. I need my treat. Plenty of water. I can not use sugar subsitutes, (alergies) so I try not to use sugar. Good luck to all, pls let me know any tips that you may use. I love to eat, and I need my rewards, so if you have any tricks. I will try them.
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:44 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Make yourself a promise that you will drink a large glass of water before you indulge in any snacks - you'll eat less.
GREAT tip! That's one that WWatchers suggests too. A glass of milk before each meal is good too. It fills and coats your stomach so getting full happens so much quicker. I am a water drinker now since living in the desert. The benefits of water are amazing.
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I found that using a partner, in my case, a neighbor/friend, has helped keep both of us motivated. We hold each other accountable and instead of sitting in front of the TV, we plan walks, runs, and share dinner ideas.

When I'm not in the mood to go for a run, she motivates me and I don't want to let her down...and vice versa. Plus, it is inspiring to see someone else's success and makes it much more fun and sustainable.
You mention sharing dinners....that's a great tip. Also, when you go out to eat, before diving into that extra large portion restaurants always serve, ask the wait staff for a "to go" box. Fill the box with half of what's on your plate. Eat what's on your plate and enjoy the portion in the box for the next day's lunch or dinner. It works!
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The reward system is wonderful! I treated myself to a turkey platter from Germany when I lost 20 pounds of pregnancy weight. Everytime I pull that platter out for Thanksgiving, it reminds me of the discipline I once had to lose that weight.

I like the ten pound increment rewards. It puts more items into your surroundings for that reminder of every ten pounds lost. Hopefully it will foster memories to not gain the weight back too! Great Suggestion.
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