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How do you stay motivated and find inspiration to stick with your program?

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Always there for you...

No matter how many times you trip on your journey of weight loss, some things are always there for you:

- Sparkpeople will always take you back no matter how long you've been away. You can always start anew but your SP friends and teams are waiting to cheer you on.

- The knowledge that...

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30 miles to 30 km on 30th birthday

When I was approach my 30th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I had a friend of mine that celebrated his birthday each year with a marathon run with his friends. So, I decided why not celebrate my 30th with a 30 mile to 30 km run. And since my birthday...

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if you want to be happy in your life




The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that l...

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When I started running

When I started to run, I wanted to set up a goal to help me to run. So, I set a goal to be able to run around the major road in my community on my birthday. My birthday was approximately two and one half months away. When I started, I established a plan that would help me to reach this goal in th...

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the fence a story with real meaning



There once was a young boy with a very bad temper.

The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence.

On the first day of this lesson, the little boy had dri...

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50 miles to 50 km on 40th birthday

When I was approach my 50th birthday, I decided that I want to do something extra special to celebrate it. I read about this person that celebrate his birthday each year by running one mile for each year and he had his kids help him by running with him part of the way. So, I decided that I would c...

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Be competitive with yourself

It is always great having someone there that you can hold yourself accountable to. But this is not always possible, or that is what I have found in my journey. It is easy to find someone who wants to workout with you here and there but it is hard to find someone to keep you motivated to keep going. ...

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A BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR CAN BE YOUR BIGGEST MOTIVATOR!

I had a scary blood pressure reading on vacation a couple of weeks ago.Too much alcohol, salty fried food and little to no exercise all took a toll. After a few days of partying like it's 1999- I started feeling light headed and could tell my heart rate was higher and harder than it should have been...

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Don't break the chain!

I like to track streaks like seeing how many days in a row I can maintain good habits. This works for me, because I love visually tracking my streaks! I don't want to break the chain. The longer I track a streak, the less and less likely I will break the chain. This is how I went a year without pizz...

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What Keeps Me On Track

Even when I am the most disgusted I think of the alternative. Do I really want to slip into the plus sizes??? NO. Do I want to have good reports at the doctor's office? YES

I met a 98 year old woman that acted like she was in, maybe, her 60's. She likes to swim. Another words she stays a...

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