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How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?

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Hope Guards Me Fiercely

Hope drives me forward. Keeps me intentional. Fuels strength and determination. Each day, I bump up against a multitude of potential hope saboteurs. Sometimes, a hope saboteur is overt. Like, the scale is up from last week, or, I cannot fit into the jacket I wanted to be wearing by now. I spy the p...

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Treadmill blues cure

When I notice myself getting frustrated on the treadmill (looking at the time left and wanting the exercise to be over); I tell myself that "every step I take is that of a goddess on her path to fitness". I also know that if I complete the workout I ALWAYS feel like a champion afterwards. .............

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Focus on the Next Checkpoint

I have to keep reminding myself why I'm here, on this quest to lose weight. Improved health and appearance are the first things that come to mind. These things will happen along the way, not just at the finish line.

So, what can I anticipate when I'm actually there? I will have achieved a li...

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Don't let self doubt hold you back.

Don't compare your achievement with that of others, find and use your own inner strengths to overcome all handicaps and fears.

I know the pain of trying to break bad habits and set new ones, I've been there. My main path to success was to be thankful for all my blessings and try to develop a ...

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I don't obsess.

"Am I full? Am I hungry? How many calories/points/carbs do I have left? How many calories/points/carbs are in that?!"

That used to be me. Not anymore. I am letting myself eat all the veggies and fruit I want, high fat/full fat foods and whole, unprocessed grains. Whenever I feel hungry. I avo...

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You Can Start Over...And Over...And Over.

You may fall down but you don't have to stay there. Every time you get up again you are one step closer to your goal. You can start over every morning or you can start over after every meal! It is YOUR life. You have the choice. You have the power. The game isn't over until you take that last breath...

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Mistakes happen, forgive and learn and move on

Everything in life has its challenges. Often these challenges are the result of mistakes we make. It is best to learn from our mistakes and not let them define who you are. An example is golf. Even the best of the best rounds is littered with many mistakes. When a poor decision is made or a bad swi...

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Keep Sparking Every Day

One of the things that has kept me focused and successful is returning to SparkPeople every day. I just reached 950 constant days of signing on to Spark People - over two and a half years of daily Sparking!

When I encounter someone who has been a member of Spark for YEARS and they have fewer ...

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NEVER GIVE UP

No matter how slow or how long it takes, never give up on any of your goals, especially those for weight loss and better health.

Being a hypothyroid, it takes me infinitely longer to progress these days. I am often frustrated at the slow pace, but I will not give up.

I am inspired by a...

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If it's not fun I 'm not doing it!!

I try to keep a good outlook on things life has not been good to me until the last 12-13 years and I am truly blessed and do not forget to get thanks and not take it for granted I do not understand why this post makes me say so many words.. It is my thoughts and my secrets having plac...

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