We all know how hard it is to hang on sometimes…feel ourselves slipping off the proverbial edge. Some days are harder than others…and sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. So, here are a few of my personal tips and tricks for staying on track:
- My #1 go-to is DRINK LOTS OF WATER…and when you think you’ve drank enough, drink some more. I try; try being the key word, to drink 3 liters a day. It helps me keep that full feeling, curbs cravings and is just overall good for you. Bonus is that it helps your skin look nice and healthy too.
- I like to keep gum handy. It’s on my desk, in my purse, and on my kitchen counter. An Altoids helps too…they’re curiously strong. Just anything to keep my mouth busy when I feel like eating. I remember my old WW leader telling us that BLTs add calories to your day that you don’t count…not bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches (although that sounds really yummy minus the T)…but Bites, Licks, and Tastes. When you’re cooking and you taste a little sauce or soup…nibble a bite of the pasta…lick the spoon from the cupcakes…those all add up. So, keeping something in your mouth will help cut down on the BLTs.
- Distraction. Sometimes when I’m sitting at my desk working, I get this overwhelming urge to head to the break room for a snack. I’m pretty sure it’s just out of habit (and those little voices in my head). So, instead of eating, I distract myself with something else…like open up a book on my Kindle, or hop on Twitter, browse Blogger…15 minutes of one of those activities and I’m back to work without caving into the snack monster. I know it might sound delusional, but it works for me. Plus, I feel like I’m rewarding myself for not caving by doing something I enjoy.
- Fill up on veggies. I try to eat at least 2-3 servings of vegetables at lunch. It helps me get in my goal of 5 servings (optimal would be 7-8) and fills me up on something low-calorie.
- I read somewhere that you’re supposed to eat like a king for breakfast, a queen for lunch and a pauper for dinner. I don’t do this on weekdays, but I do try to apply that analogy to my weekend meals…make a big breakfast, have a medium sized lunch, and a small dinner.
- Add as many steps to my day as possible…take the stairs, park at the back of the parking lot, make an extra lap around Hell-Mart pushing my basket full of groceries…etc.
What are some of your tips and tricks for staying on the wagon?
*weight loss update: I’m no longer in the 200s and it feels good. As of yesterday morning, I weighed 199 even. WOOHOO. Officially the least I’ve weighed in 8 years.