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  • Great first week! I’m always amazed and impressed by people who can go to the gym early in the morning. I think my body and brain reject that concept. Any tips on pushing yourself there so early?

  • To measure your healthy food eating, maybe you could say you’ll replace one bad food with one healthy food per day. Or you could say you want to eat 4 fruits and/or vegetables throughout the day. I think it helps a lot more when it’s measurable… :) I really love this challenge! I would totally wanna sign up for this, but my CPA studying is my #1 priority right now. :(

  • Keep in mind that losing weight is 80% diet, 20% exercise. You won’t lose weight if you’re going to the gym 4 times a week but still scarfing down burgers and fries and oreos. I’m not saying that you do that, but just an example of how a lot of people think they are “losing weight”.

    One of my biggest changes in my diet was eating smaller portions. Instead of putting things in a bowl, I use a coffee mug. I put cereal, spaghetti, ice cream all in a coffee mug. It’s much smaller portions than your typical plate or bowl so you’re less likely to over eat. I still eat salad and whatnot in a regular bowl, but when I’m craving ice cream, I put it in a coffee mug. You’ll find that most recommended serving sizes are about the same size as your average coffee mug.

    Another really good portion control tip is preparation. For example, I LOVE crunchy cheetos, just love them. I could eat a whole bag. So what I do is I buy a bag of cheetos, but then I put roughly 100 calorie servings of cheetos into individual ziploc baggies. It keeps you from sitting down on the couch with a WHOLE bag of chips and instead you get perfectly sized portions. They are also quick to grab as an on the go snack.

    I also always keep some kind of granola bars in my purse. Quaker Oats makes yummy 90 calorie granola bars and I always keep a couple in my purse or car. It’s really helpful to have something handy if you’re on the go and starving and it will keep you from pulling into the Taco Bell drive-thru for a quick fix!

    When I became a vegetarian back in August, I also had to re-think my eating habits. It’s easy to be a vegetarian if all you eat are bagels and cookies. But then that adds fat to your butt and that wasn’t what I wanted. It really is about making lifestyle changes.

    Sorry this post is so long. Just wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned on my journey to eating healthier!

  • Sounds like a great challenge! I’m doing the Shred because 20 minutes of exercise is about all I can stand a day. I’m hoping for good results! Unfortunately, I can’t say too many good things about my diet. I still consider chocolates a major food group.