Here's the recap from the previous post:
Plan 1: You've promised yourself you'll lose that extra 10 (or 100) pounds by cutting out snacks and slashing calories.
The problem: You've cut out too much too fast. You're more likely to drop your plan when the changes are drastic.
Suggestion: Cut your intake of calories by 10-15% (about 200 calories). You can do this by making a change to just one meal each day or you can make minor changes over the course of the day. An easy way to do this is to select a few healthier alternatives to your current course of food. (See original post for more)
Plan 2: You're going to join a gym whether you can afford the membership or not.
The problem: If you don't already have a gym membership, start by joining one that allows you to pay month to month. Gym memberships can be beneficial for those that need help with motivation, especially if you have a "gym buddy" but there are other alternatives, particularly in the beginning.
Suggestion: There are dozens of ways to exercise without a membership. Try a little manual labor around the house or some isometric exercises. (See original post for more)
Plan 3: You cut out all sweets to lose weight. Similar argument goes for cutting all fat.
The problem: There is a big difference between cutting out all sweets and in making smart choices. The delectable delightful foods we call sweets are certainly not a necessary part of our food intake, but one might argue they are some of the most enjoyable! Don't take the joy out of eating. Let's face it, we eat in part for the pleasure it brings us. If you are a fan of sweets and you cut them out altogether, sweets will be all you think about. It's like telling someone not to think about elephants. What do you think about if someone says that? Yeah, elephants. There's a better way to handle sweets.
Suggestion: Eat smarter. Don't just grab the first delectable delightful looking sweet treat you can get your hand on. Go for a treat that makes sense. If you just want a little something, start with fruit. It has plenty of sugar to give your blood sugar a boost without overdoing it. If that's just not enough, for a few calories more you can have 1/2 a cup of Lovin' Scoopful ice cream in one of 12 exciting mouth watering flavors. Lovin' Scoopful has 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories when compared to other premium ice creams. Imagine a 4 ounce scoop of Rockin' Raspberry Cheesecake (with all the creamy delight of both ice cream AND cheesecake with an added tangy twist of raspberry).
Feel free to suggest ideas of your own below!