1. Avoid fast food when at all possible. Sometimes this is difficult if you're on the road. If you find yourself somewhere like the golden arches, at the very least look at the menu for better options than the biggest burger they offer. For instance, at McDonald's a Caesar salad with grilled chicken has 220 calories and 6 grams of fat while a Big Mac has 560 calories and 30 grams of fat.
2. When you go out to eat, order your meal and a takeout box at the same time. When your meal arrives, cut everything in half and put half in the takeout box. Eat the other half. Not only does this help prevent you from overeating, but you've saved money by making two meals out of one. I love doing this since I work from home because I don't have to spend more than a couple of minutes heating up the leftovers for lunch the next day.
3. If I eat a salad, I want ranch dressing. But instead of pouring it on the salad, from now on I'm going to make sure it's on the side and just dip my fork into the dressing before each bite. Way fewer calories consumed that way.
A wonderful resource for figuring out how many calories, grams of fat, grams of fiber and amount of carbs menu items at restaurants have is Dottie's Weight Loss Zone. Be sure to check the other parts of Dottie's site too for tips and inspiration. A lot of it is geared toward those doing Weight Watchers, but it's also useful for anyone who isn't.
One of my other goals is to read an article or part of a book each day about living a healthier life. Today, I read the tips Dottie has on her site labeled Secrets to My Success.
Forgot to weigh this morning before I ate breakfast. Must leave note for myself on nightstand or on fridge.
Calorie intake: 1,378
Exercise: 55 minutes mowing the lawn (burned 437.4 calories), 15 minutes housework--laundry, vacuuming, etc. (burned 56.3 calories), 20 minutes walking (66.2 calories burned)