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Motivation Secrets

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

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Nothing Good is Easy!

In life anything you want that is worth something is not going to be easy. This goes for eating healthy, losing weight, relationships, jobs, and education. If it's worth anything it will be difficult to achieve, but it will be SO worth it. So you have to be willing to work hard and be motivated to g...

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Eating to live instead of Living to eat!

I've been going to the YMCA for four years now. I got serious about exercise when my doctor told me last year to start going 6 times a week. I thought she was cra-cra (CRAZY) but I followed through building up to the days until I reached 6 days. I started out doing a stationary bike for 10 min fo...

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Clothes Shopping for my Goal Weight Self

One of my private motivations is looking through magazines or online at various outfits that, once I reach my goal weight, I know I'll look good in. Even sexy lingerie...I like to imagine how extra sexy I will be for my fiancÚ once I am all toned up and feeling confident in my own skin. When I get a...

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What I did

I bought an outfit (or 2) that is a little smaller and I have it on my bedroom door. To remind me to keep going and I will be able to shine in that outfit soon enough!

I look at it when I get up and know there is a goal in sight. Even on my down days when I do not want to deal with it, those...

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Doing it together is the BEST!

It is so much easier to stay motivated when I am sharing it with those dear to me. I love spending time together and focusing on our health is a wonderful choice to share together. For me its learning to celebrate our family gatherings with a healthy approach, changing or modifying historical comfor...

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Keep Pushing Forward

Some days are harder than others and when I'm tired, it's too easy to fall back on old habits. I get reenergized when I go to my sparkpeople. Just reading the blogs and success stories motivate me . I'm a night time snacker and after a long day of work and making dinner, cleaning up I'm ready to s...

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Opening myself up

I am learning that this is not something I can do alone. I am learning to break down my walls and let people in.In the past I came to Sparkpeople and lurked around the different groups. Checked out spark pages...and pretty much kept to myself. I closed off my profiles so no one could contact me. I w...

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Tracking is like Bumper Bowling

I've adopted a new attitude towards tracking food:
"Tracking food intake is like bumper bowling. It just gives me some boundaries and knocks me back into the lane."

I don't know too many people who LOVE to track every morsel of food or drink that enters their body. Do you?
I tracked di...

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Weekly Reflections Of Growth

Over the past few months, I've put together a weekly reflection project for myself. Normally on Saturday mornings, I get up when it's early and know that I won't be disturbed. I make a cup of decaf coffee with coconut/almond milk creamer and a dash of sugar free vanilla syrup to flavor it up a bit. ...

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changing your mindset

I have found out that what you read and concentrate on has a big influence on your activities.Read about motivation and your mind will automatically run out of problems because it will be full of solutions.I recommend this great document.It sets my day right.Its called 365 motivational quotes.Readin...

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