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Motivation Secrets

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

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Benchmarks

I bought jeans from goodwill in different sizes...14, 12, 10, 8. I love trying to work my way down the sizes and it is an inexpensive way to get to my goal. When one size gets too big I re-donate them too.

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Motivation Shall Soon Follow

Make goals/plans/lists for motivation and share them with everyone to help keep you accountable. Start pumping yourself up on a daily basis while you go over your goals/plans/lists and motivation shall soon follow. This applies to every single thing in life, not just eating right and working out.

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Take the Focus OFF of Weight

It may seem odd since this is a weight loss site, but it really does help to take the focus OFF of your weight, even for a while. Setting a goal of being X pounds by X date can be too much stress and pressure. It may make you focus on being perfect or tempt you to make unhealthy choices.

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Spark your day with kindness....

The best way to spark positive energy for myself is to do something selfless for others... A potted plant with a "thanks for being a good neighbor" note left on a doorstep. The other day I paid for a couple of kids to get some water and granola at the library.

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Quiet Me Time

There are times when all of the activity around me makes my mind swirl and I can't think. When this happens, I go off by myself in a quiet place for about 10 minutes. I practice deep breathing, relax and regroup. My thoughts settle down and I can make wiser choices and cope better.

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Sunshine

Sunshine alone is motivation.

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Reading

Reading is one of my hobbies. I always try to combine my weight loss efforts with things I love.
To motivate me to lose weight I go to the library every week & get a diet book. I may never try that plan, but I love to read inspirational stories & I do learn a trick or 2 to put in my repetoire.

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Music

I've made a playlist on my iPod labeled "Morning". On it I have about 10 songs that motivate me. Number 1 on the list is Miley Cyrus's The Climb" (if you have never listened to the words of this song you should)! I listen to this while putting on my make-up and it "Sparks" my whole day!

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Positives

I don't call my change a diet I call it a journey, a journey to a new and healthier me!

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Reward Yourself

Reward yourself every day by doing just one thing for you! It makes me feel better.

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