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Motivation Secrets

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

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MERCY

The bible says that God's mercies are renewed everyday. With this in mind, how can we not stay motivated on a daily bases. Even if we get off course from time to time, keeping in mind that mercy is extended to us on any given day, we can get back up and continue on and God will take us through.

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Staying positive!

I talk myself up! If I think I am too tired to do one more thing, I give myself a mental shake and make the effort. One more block, one more repetition or one more household chore. The feeling of satisfaction is huge!

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Accountability

I let other people in on my goals. Then periodically when I run into people they ask me how I am doing. I don't want to have to admit to someone I have been slacking. So when I feel like not eating healthy or not exercising, I remember that other people are watching. It holds me accountable.

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Workout Buddies

When you have a buddy to work out with do realize how much further you are willing to go because you do not want to let them down and the same follows for your buddy. What can I say the buddy system works for many things.

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Excitement

By setting small goals with small steps, each time you are successful, your excitement level is raised. We love to do things that excite us, so we keep going.

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The little things

Remember many small changes can create big results.

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Setbacks

If you "fall off the wagon", get back on! Don't beat yourself up for making a mistake...nobody is perfect. Just start fresh again today!

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Challenge yourself

I am addicted to ice cream and was falling back into my old habit of going out at night and buying an avalanche which is ice cream with reeses peanut butter cups chopped.
A team I belong to challenged us to do something for 3 weeks. I chose quit eating Avalanches.
That is what made me fat bef...

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Start Fresh Everyday

You are bound to overeat one day or miss a workout. Let it go. Tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start.

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Tune Into Others

When I'm having a low day and don't seem to be able to boost myself up on motivation, I tune into the blogs at SP. I can find people that are having a much worse day than I'm having and after leaving an uplifting comment for them I'm feeling on top of things and get a lift.

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