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Old 03-10-2011, 12:02 AM
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I thought it might be interesting to generate a list of things that help keep the healthy/fit lifestyle going, especially when it would be a ton easier to toss it out the window. So here goes nothing:

1. Laughing cow cheese wedges, which help kill cravings for things I shouldn't eat.
2. Morning workout, gets me up and running full tilt and ready to take on the world.
3. Logging on fitday, even (maybe especially) when I've overdone it.
4. Those skinny jeans up in the closet that are still too snug, and the size 3XL t-shirt that I kept (it used to be my fave).
5. Water and plenty of it.
6. Taking measurements at least once a month.
7. Swiss Miss sensible sweets 25 calorie hot chocolate, for when I want to dive head first into a chocolate bar.
8. Raw almonds
9. Taco salad, for those days when I really can't face a plate full of lettuce.
10. Chocolate pudding cups, 60 calories of heaven.
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:25 AM
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Great thread, Amy!

Here's my Top 10 list of things that keep me on track. Some of these are very similar to yours of course.

1. Cottage cheese with vanilla and cinnamon when I'm craving something sweet.
2. The less sugar I consume, the less I crave it so I always strive to eliminate it all together.
3. Getting back on track quickly once I fall off the rails and accepting that I am not perfect.
4. Sharing my successes and slip-ups with the amazing people here on Fitday.
5. Logging logging logging.
6. MUSIC! Constantly looking for those heart pumping tracks that get me running or working out.
7. Exercising half an hour after breakfast starts my day off right and helps me stay on track better throughout the day.
8. Taking pictures of myself in the same swim suit every few weeks and then gushing over the differences!
9. Measurements!
10. Journaling!
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:28 AM
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1. Having a supportive family.
2. The internet...all the answers to everything about exercise and nutrition ready and available.
3. FitDay logs.
4. FitDay forums.
5. Heart rate monitor for accurate calorie burn info.
6. Herbal tea.
7. A recreational hobby that's good exercise (tennis).
8. Agree, Rose, on the music.
9. Treating myself to new clothes occasionally, and enjoying the fitting room, finally.
10. Low fat frozen yogurt!
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:59 PM
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Great Thread Idea

My main aides are:

-Early morning yoga and stretching
-Infrared sauna daily
-Journal everything eaten and exercise activities
-Reading forums
- an exercise buddy who pushes me when I need it
-Updating hairdo and makeup
-Trying on favourite too small item and watching it get closer to fitting
-Noticing my muscles and body response to exercise.
-Spinach salad with all sorts of good additions, mandarin oranges , bacon bits, feta cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, chicken breast and low cal poppy seed dressing
- carmel rice cakes -- a sweet 40 calorie fix

I like the bathing suit photo idea and am going to try it. Pudding cups are also a diet saver for me. Mary
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:38 PM
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The best motivators I have right now are:
  • my 13 yr old who sets up my weights while I work out
  • my husband who won't tell me that I am too big but is so proud of my efforts
  • seeing my MIL go downhill so far after becoming diabetic and having a heart attack at @ 50 yrs old
  • the fact that a lady at work is recording my weight every week for 8 weeks (6 to go) this one makes me try harder so that I show a loss every week!
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:37 PM
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What a fantastic idea!

I haven't been at this for too long, but here's what helps me

1) Supportive family and friends
2) Logging, logging, logging -- watching numbers add up to go down!
3) Everyone on the FitDay forums for understanding and advice
4) That relief/rush feeling after a workout where I've just pushed it hard, and knowing truly that I can do it -- so much is mental "I can't" instead of physical "I really can't"
5) Pumped-up music
6) Quaker Rice Cake "Quakes" and SmartPop popcorn - munchie saviors
7) Closet shopping
8) Greek Yogurt with any kind of fresh fruit
9) Measurements -- because either that or the scale number is probably changing, even if the other is not
10) Water!
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1. My girlfriends love and support.
2. Hypnosis Monthly.
3. EFT tapping. (google it)
4. My personal trainer.
5. Water aerobics at the gym 3 times a week.
6. Swimming laps.
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Originally Posted by almeeker View Post
I thought it might be interesting to generate a list of things that help keep the healthy/fit lifestyle going, especially when it would be a ton easier to toss it out the window. So here goes nothing:
In no particular order...
1.The euphoria of running.
2. Muscle definition and striations-I never knew my body could look like the way it is now.
3. The feeling of "feeling good' all the time-the natural high from being healthy. Lord knows I spent way too much time trying to find that feeling in drugs, drinkin',eating bad and taking unnecessary risks.
4. Smiles & waves from random women when I'm out on run.
5. Looking & feeling good is contagious, I've been told that I've inspired quite a few people.
6. Last and definitely not least, when my S.O. tells me how hot I am,and we've been together for 20 years now.... and she's seen me at my worst-fat & drunk and no giving a rat's arse about my health.
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1) being able to motivate and inspire others
2) being motivated and inspired by others
3) challenging myself to do more, to eat better, to lift more, etc. Not to be better than anyone... other than myself.
4) knowing that I'm going to the gym, even if my workout partner backs out, b/c I'm responsible for ME!
5) (as sw07 said) the smiles and waves. Just being noticed every now and then.
6) music
7) knowing that my next cheat meal is never too far away.
8) I don't hate the mirror or camera any more
9) knowing that I can do things that I couldn't do a couple years ago
10) knowing that my cholesterol went down nearly 100 points
11) knowing that I'm in over all better health
12) saving money b/c my life insurance is now cheaper
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1.Before pics ( will take them every couple weeks n same outfit )
2.keeping cut up veggies in ziplocks, helps for cravings
3.weighing myself every few days, make sure i stay on track, and helps let me know which foods i need to stay away of.
4. Drink plenty of water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5. co-wrkers who are eating healthier as well, support system at work!
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