I previously wrote a post called Tips and Tricks I’ve Learned sharing some of the things that have helped me to lose 110 pounds and keep it off. Things like keeping a gym bag in the car at all times is a huge thing for me. Also, going straight to the gym after work. Stopping home first makes it so much harder to leave again. Since we got Bella, I usually go home right after work because we have to let her out after being crated for 8 hours. 🙁 Going home has been a challenge for sure. I noticed that it took a million times more motivation to make myself go back out of the house once I was home. Especially when I wanted to just play with Bella instead! What helped with this scenario was to let Bella outside the second I get home and then immediately change into my workout clothes. Taking a moment to do that meant I was going to the gym. Period. I put my workout clothes on, it was gonna happen!
Tackling the exercise part can be a challenge, but like I tell my friends that are trying to get fit and healthy, just get in the habit of working out. Once you do it consistently for a few weeks, it WILL become a habit and your body will CRAVE the exercise. I am evidence of this! Becoming used to working out changed my life and when I don’t exercise, my body doesn’t feel good.
So how about tackling some of the food issues?
There are a few things that have helped me with this dilemma. The first is hot cocoa. Having a mug of hot cocoa in the winter time is a GREAT trick to satisfy that craving for chocolate. There are so many different kinds and different flavors out there. The average hot cocoa mix is 90-120 calories. That is not a bad number for a treat.
Another tip is to have dark chocolate in the house. For some reason, dark chocolate is so rich to me that it only takes one or two pieces to satisfy the craving. I’ve been getting the Lindt chocolate bars in either the dark chocolate and sea salt or dark chocolate and coconut flavors.
It only takes 1 or 2 of the squares and I’m good. It’s like the dark chocolate stops the craving. At least for me. I’ve had 2 chocolate bars in my pantry for about four weeks now and one is half-way gone so far. That used to be unheard of for me! Any kind of candy in the house used to be gone in a day. Not anymore!
Feel Like a Bottomless Pit?
I’ve struggled with this and while I don’t have a “this will fix the problem forever” solution, I do have some tips. So the next time you eat a healthy meal and feel like you could eat more, re-evaluate what you just ate. Eating foods with healthy fats in them will help you feel satiated. Examples of this:
- Add some blackened salmon to your salad.
- Eat some nuts as a snack. (Walnuts are supposed to be the best. I personally prefer pistachios, peanuts, almonds or cashews. Be careful though, nut calories can add up fast!)
- Avocado avocado avocado! It’s a brilliant food and eating just 1/4 of an avocado on your toast or topping your salad will make you feel fuller. I promise. I was skeptical. It worked.
- A little bit of peanut butter can help. Add 1 tablespoon (about 90-100 calories) to your banana or apple as a snack and you will be full.
- Olives. I’m obsessed with olives. My favorites are black or green olives stuffed with garlic and jalapenos. Yum yum. But for some reason, only eating 5-8 olives is enough to take the edge off, satisfy the salt craving and make me feel full. Pickles seem to do the same.
These are just a few ideas that have worked for me. When I was having a slice of gluten-free toast with avocado on it for breakfast, I felt full longer than I did when I just had eggs for breakfast. So a typical breakfast was 1 fried egg, 1 slice of GF toast with avocado and a pint of plain iced tea. I’d eat it at 7am and be full until 10:30 or 11. That’s unheard of for me!
Struggling With Your “Diet”?
Instead of focusing on what you CAN’T eat, or stocking your fridge with iceburg lettuce and your pantry with rice cakes and cardboard crackers…focus on what you are adding to your diet. Take a look at each meal and ADD something.
Breakfast – Add some spinach and feta cheese to my scrambled eggs.
Snack – Have an apple and add some raisins to it.
Lunch – Have a salad with chicken breast but add avocado and a scoop of cottage cheese.
Dinner – Have a salad with your normal dinner and eat the salad first!
Dessert – Have a hot cocoa instead of that brownie.
Small changes and additions can make a world of difference. Give it a try. Even if it’s only for one month, just try it!
Do you have any tips and tricks to share?
Abbe@This is How I Cook
Lisa, I really appreciate these tips. now I just have to start with one. Since i have an avocado in the house, i think that’s what I’ll do! Thanks!
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That’s awesome! So glad something resonated. Let me know how it works for you.
Adding healthy fats really helps you feel full!
I used to frequently eat something after dinner until I started having some really nice herbal teas in the evening. It’s been my ritual for years, and I don’t miss the after dinner snack.
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I can see tea curbing the nighttime cravings. I should try that.
dont start today what you cannot maintain FOREVER.
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I love that! It should be on a t-shirt. 🙂
I think these are some great tips! I know the feeling about going to the gym after I come home, it’s so hard to find that motivation sometimes. But like you said, just changing clothes right away sort of makes me mentally prepared and I know that it’s happening!
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Mentally preparing sometimes does the trick (for a lot of things)!
Great tips for sure. For motivation, I had to constantly look in the mirror. Every time I did not feel like being bothered with what I needed to do I would walk over to my full length mirror and take a look. On bad days I had to do this several times a day. It was so important to me to keep the WHY constantly in front of me. In my case, what I saw looking back at me in the mirror may have been hard to look at but it gave me all the motivation I needed.
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Having a good motivating reason makes a world of difference. I know it was EASIER for me to find the motivation to lose weight and stay on track when I was obese. Now that I’m maintaining it’s harder to find the motivation when I want to lose a few pounds…
Love all your tips! For me, since I take insulin every time I eat, my meals are around 500 calories each – so I really am not looking for a snack in between, because I am satisfied.
I used to work with a woman who every time she went on a “diet” she would bring in canned tuna (in oil mind you!) and put it on Ritz crackers. Huh? Meanwhile I’d heat up a giant chicken stir fry with 3 cups of veggies and tell her that my meal had less calories, and obviously more nutrition! – than hers!
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Restriction never works!! But choosing healthier options and eating smaller portions does.