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3:10 AM Elizabeth Seckman 58 Comments


 I've never been one of those people who doesn't understand why she's chubby. I like food and I'm pretty lazy  cerebral.

I do occasionally attempt to lead a healthier life because looks aside, I do want to have a body that can get me from point A to point Z (fun pun intended) without coding out.



D is for diet tips I know, but obviously don't use very often. 

*When craving something sweet, grab fruit first...after a while, your mind will start to crave the fruit (in theory, but the first time you wipe out the kiddo's Easter candy, you're back to square one)
*Snack sized candies and pre-portioned snacks. Never say no, say moderation.
*Stop eating when you're full. Sounds easy, but sometimes it tastes so good!
*Keep a food journal, or get one of the phone apps. I have fitness pro. It chastises me for not logging in enough...well worth the .99 I paid.
*Don't think diet, think healthy living. Diet is a four letter word containing the word die...it's a BAD word.
*Move more. Gym time is great, but unrealistic for some people. Give yourself credit for doing a tough job. My grandma baptized her 6th kid in a size 8 dress. Her secret? She constantly worked on a to do list.
*Keep high protein snacks handy. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts. Just remember portions. Trust me, you can be a chub on healthy foods!
*Plan ahead. Make a menu. If you know what the plan is, it's easier to stay on course. 
*Don't wait until you're starving to eat. I'm really bad at this. I forget to eat until I'm feeling hungry and instead of taking the time to prep a healthy meal or snack, I'm grabbing cookies.
*If you're seriously craving it, eat it, but in a smaller portion. I once wanted a Snicker bar in the worst way, but I was "dieting" and tried to ignore the craving. I had a yogurt, some almonds, half a peanut butter, a banana...but I still wanted a Snickers. I'd been better off to grab a 70 calorie bite size treat than try to be satisfied with the uncraved foods.
*Small work outs count. Something is better than nothing.
*Watch the salt. It will bloat you, then you'll feel fat and depressed and then you'll crave the comfort of a Snickers. Or is that just me?
*Stay hydrated. The body mistakes hunger all the time. 



58 comments:

  1. haha both in sync today, the cat was a bit less nice about it though at his bay

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  2. That last one is true. Often when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty. Go drink a bottle of water and wait fifteen minutes. If you're still hungry, then eat something.
    Never diet. Lifestyle change.

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    1. Crazy, isn't it? But it's so true.

      Life style change is the only answer.

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  3. Great tips! I drink a lot of water. It's the best thing I do for myself especially when I munch one too many cookies. Have a happy Easter! :)

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    1. I do a good job with the water, unless there is pop in the house. I am a Diet Coke junkie. I had to just stop buying it.

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  4. I'm with you; I know why I'm chubby and its also featured on my E for Eat, LOL :) You shared great tips here. I think the most important one that people forget is to stay hydrated. Best advice to get in those 8 glasses of water that is recommended. Now I need to print out those tips you shared as I need to consider a more healthier lifestyle :)

    Happy Easter!

    betty

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    1. My mother in law keeps eight pennies in her kitchen window and moves them as she drinks...just a little reminder to get your eight in.

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  5. Everything you said is so true. It's a daily battle, but I'm working on it.

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  6. Good tips, Elizabeth! And, I'm with you - I just want my bod to get from A to Z so the diet is a must only for that. (I still don't like it though) Great tips. I'm probably in big need of water and that journal app. :)

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    1. Every time I diet, I gain weight. I now try to incorporate good habits to replace the bad.

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  7. Great tips. Trying to avoid the craving never works!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. I have wiped out cupboards of food trying to avoid a craving. Not smart.

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  8. Having a carcass to haul me around till my end of days would be nice.

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    1. Yep. It's something we take for granted in our youth.

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  9. I'm always on a See Food diet. Can't pass up anything that smells or looks tasty. :-)

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    1. Beats my turn around diet...every time I turn around, I eat.

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  10. I'm glad I'm 6'3"...helps me spread out the 230lbs

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    1. I'm a whole foot shorter with no spare room for even another ounce.

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  11. Alex is right, don't diet, change your life. I guess that's what I did in 2013. I still record everything I eat on FitDay too, I find it helps. Mind you today I will not be "eating moderately".

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  12. Good tips, I always found the word diet unfriendly, now I know why.
    "Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (479)"

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  13. Man, I struggle with dieting too! I like food, I love breads and carbs and all the stuff I probably *shouldn't* be eating, so those are some great tips. One thing that helps is if I don't eat past 7 pm, but I don't stick to that very devotedly, lol. :)

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    1. I love all the bad stuff too. I've switched my bread to whole wheat. I know I'm not cutting out bread, so I try to opt for the healthier variety.

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  14. The only diet tips I follow is to drink enough water, eat healthier food, and when I eat junk not to pig out on it.

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  15. It's the food's fault for being so tasty. I always avoid certain foods (hello, candy) or I can't control myself.

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    1. Totally food's fault. Right now, I am battling jelly beans. I love them!!

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  16. My doctor told me the body can't tell thirst from hunger because it send the same signal. Strange.

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    1. Isn't that crazy? I totally believe it.

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  17. These are actually great tips. I think it will always be hard. For me it has been a matter of determination. I figured I loved myself and my family more than food(just barely more :P )

    Great post for D.

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    1. It is really hard. Best way to approach it is to try not to think about it. The more I worry about not eating, the more I want to eat.

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  18. I love these tips! I've struggled with losing weight my entire life. It's exhausting sometimes. I just wish someone would replace something in my brain that made me like asparagus and hate chocolate!

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    1. I've wondered that myself too, Stephanie. I wish I could go back in time and kick skinny young me who never appreciated what I had. She was such a twit.

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  19. These are great tips! I have such a hard time being "good" when I'm on a diet. Now food is so complicated.

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    1. Diet is always a pit of hellish cravings for me. It messes with our minds and our cravings.

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  20. Great tips! I'm definitely going to have to try and remember some of these the next time I go on a healthy eating binge (which always seems to last all of two days...)

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    1. Same here, Rachel. All my best efforts can go straight down the drain with one pizza night.

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  21. I find chewing gum between meals helps prevent me from snacking and often takes care of that sweet tooth problem too.

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    1. Chewing gum is an excellent tip! I chew peppermint gum when I cook...stops me from munching before dinner.

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  22. I really like these tips. Yeah Diet and Die would have to be related.

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  23. Awesome tips, and that's coming from a fitness freak. I'm a big fan of moderation. Life would be so boring if I couldn't have burgers and beer and cake. I just try to have it in small doses, and I'm always working out to keep my metabolism up. God, that sounded so responsible of me...

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    1. I think the idea of never getting the good stuff again is what send dieters over the edge. I have a lot of skinny friends, and they are mostly just naturally good at moderating. They just have a healthy attitude about food.

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  24. These are really great tips, Elizabeth. I try to use most of them, although I'm still working on the water alone. I never liked the taste, lol. I do force myself to drink some and water down my juices with it. I'm sure that counts! :)

    Hope your Easter was awesome! Love to you and the family.

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    1. I add lemon to my water, but I have to sip it through a star because I love it so much, it's ruining the enamel on my teeth.

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  25. Brilliant tips, Elizabeth! I'm guilty of grabbing chocolate whenever I need a snack... chocolate really is my downfall but at least I choose the dark 70% right? That's SUPER good for you. At least that's what I tell myself ;) x

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    1. Good chocolate like that is a health food. Mmm. I think I need some right now!

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  26. Great tips!
    I've never had much of a struggle with weight... that could be due to a high metabolism.
    I like to snack on popcorn which is a healthy option.

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    1. I still love you Michelle, even if you do have a high metabolism. Love popcorn. Prefer it to chips. It's awesome stuff.

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  27. Oh I'm laughing now! I've been through this "list" so many times... Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com You'd think "common sense" would help out a bit here, wouldn't you? LOL

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