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Find a distracting hobby
If you do only one from my list, do this one. Find something you enjoy that you can pick up and put down at a moments notice, something you can do for those few minutes your snack cravings are at their strongest. Half the time that biscuit is only so attractive because we’re bored! Six months ago I bought a second hand $40 acoustic guitar – I’ll treat myself to a new one when I’m a star 😉 – and learned a few simple chords I leave it in the corner of the room and pick it up to practice for 5 minutes whenever my mind wanders towards snacks. I have friends who do the same with writing poetry, word/math puzzles. Hey, you can even try a mobile phone game, just try to stand up or walk around while playing – no need to pick up any more bad habits.
Stop taking the lift
Yeh, yeh, I’m not the first one to tell you this. But I bet you’re still taking it. Take the stairs for crying out loud! One of the most common excuses I hear is that ‘my office is on a really high floor’, if that’s the case just get off three floors below and walk the rest of the way.
Get more sleep, earlier
Many studies have shown a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. Here’s an article that I read recently. These studies also show that the sleep gained before midnight is more important. If you’re someone who’s always up late – start sleeping just an hour earlier each night for two weeks (obviously whilst maintaining your lifestyle), that should be long enough to see a real difference.
Stop watching TV
Passive TV watching is making you lazy. I’ll admit that TV has it’s place – I enjoy making time to stop and watch a film or specific show. But don’t leave it on all the time, it’s sucking you in and making you sedentary
Park as far away from the store as possible – unless it’s raining 😉
How often do you go to the mall or stores? Do you always try and park right by the entrance? If you change this habit, not only will you gain the exercise from the walk each way (which really adds up over time) but you also let go of the stress associated with waiting/competing for that really great parking space. Enjoy your new found peace of mind as you gladly park on the edge while others go bonkers near the entrance.