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Motivation Secrets

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

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TRYING TO BE STRONG

I have been dealing with weight issues since I was about five or six years old. I have done lots of diets, exercise, and even a medical fast. I have had many levels of success and failure over the years. However, now I believe that I have a grasp on what I need to do to be successful. I have a compu...

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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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Small changes equal big results

I use the fitness tracker on SparkPeople religiously. I used this information to push myself to walk faster but not necessarily farther. I felt that if I walked faster I would burn more calories and that was good enough. Because of this mindset I never invested in a Fitbit or any other brand of fitn...

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Mistakes are Painful


"Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience"
~Denis Waitley

"We make bad choices because we don't have any experience. We gain ex...

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Five Minutes of Morning Mindset Adjustment

The very first thing I do in the morning is to step outside and spend five minutes consciously letting go of any lingering emotions or thoughts from the day before. If I overate my points or didn't exercise or even if I did everything right, I let it go so I can bring myself back to front and cente...

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Home Runs vs Doubles


Is a home run better than two doubles?

Here is a thought-provoking story, from the book Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland that challenges the old adage that quality is better than quantity:

The ...

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Don't let other people judge you. Self Esteem versus Other Esteem

When I'm on my weight loss journey I try not to let other peoples view of me (real or imagined) effect my self esteem. If I live my life trying to make others admire or like me then I hit a wall and success comes to a stop. When I look for validation from others I call this "Other Esteem". I have fo...

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Learn and Live


"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control, now."
~ Denis Waitley

Life is a continuing learning experience and the only ...

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Doing Your Best Daily

You already know there are many great reasons to exercise: from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, wed all be in shape. ...

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You can do it

I thought if walk for a little bit to see how it goes. I decided I could walk a little futher each day and it seemed to get easier as time went on. So one day I decided I wanted to get a fitbit to keep track of my daily steps. I put off getting it set up and my daughter said she would help me get...

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