This week I have thought a lot about the tools that I use to help me stay OR get back on track. First and foremost, the iPhone app dietSNAPS, my visual journal of the foods that I eat. Not only does it help me to want to eat more fruits and veggies, but it reminds me how important it is to eat every 3 hours. And I really do have to stop and think about what I am about to eat…. would I rather have a picture of junk food?? Or something healthy?? Knowing I have to blog each night usually keeps me choosing better options… not always… but more so than not.

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I’ve also started this new habit… I have a mini dry erase board on my fridge. In the mornings while the boys are getting ready for school, I will jot down the foods that I want to eat for the day that will keep me within my WW points. I have also started listing how many burpees I have to do for the day… and reminders of appointments, etc… (click HERE to read about our 100 day burpee challenge!) As I go throughout the day, I will erase things as I eat them or accomplish them. It’s been kind of fun and different. I don’t always eat the foods in the order that I write them out… it depends on the time I have or the mood I’m in! And because I can erase them… I can change my mind if necessary! icon wink 4 Helpful Hints :)

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I’ve said this before, but I like to print out a calendar from HERE at the beginning of each month and tape it to my mirror. At night, after I brush my teeth, I will usually write in my work outs on the calendar and cross out the day. It helps keep things in perspective for me. This is a lifestyle…. I’m in it for the long haul.

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Another tip is to write out some “go to” foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I’m not saying that these are the only things you can ever eat… I’m just talking about the times when you are in a funk and you don’t know what to eat. Nothing sounds good. You don’t want to have to stress out about what you are eating…. In times like that, I will go to my cabinet and scan through the list to find something that sounds good and is easy to prepare.  Seems like no matter how long I have been following WW, I still have days where I don’t know what to eat… This list helps. It reminds me of things I may have forgotten…. I think it’s a good idea to update the list from time to time.

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Well, those are my fabulous tips of the evening…  Here’s what I ate today…

Zone bar before heading up to the gym. – 5

*30 minutes of elliptical followed by 20 minutes on the bike* +8

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Protein Waffle W/ Bananas – 5 (Recipe HERE)

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Life Cereal – 7

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Butternut Squash Fries and Roasted Veggies <— Click links to see how I prepare those…

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Crockpot Lasagna! New recipe coming tomorrow… icon smile 4 Helpful Hints :) -8

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Ended the night with a bowl of grapes while chatting on Blog To Lose – 0

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And now I have to do the 79 burpees that I procrastinated!!! Ugh—- why do I wait til this late???

**UPDATE**   -completed the burpees-  ZZZZzzzzzz time!

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  1. Claretta says:

    Enjoyed the chat last night!! I am HAPPY Cyndi!

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